Today I dropped into the English class we offer the Martha's Way students. It's taught by one of our volunteers, John Reynolds from Westminster Methodist Church.
While it seems obvious that someone would take an English class to learn the language, I was interested in understanding the motivation behind the women taking two hours out of their day, twice a week, to come to class. And the answers distilled into two main reasons: 1) to improve their skills, therefore increasing their income, and 2) to help their children.
When asked about their dreams, these also distilled down to two main answers: 1) economic independence, and 2) to provide a better life for their children. These are the dreams of mothers. As always, I left the classroom reminded that our students and I have more similarities than differences.
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