In 2007, Project Have Hope built a community center in the Acholi Quarter that today, in addition to hosting community meetings and celebrations, is where PHH offers adult literacy classes.
Currently 32 students, women age 18 to 45, are enrolled in PHH’s adult literacy program. Most of these women are internally displaced persons from the North who until recently had received little to no basic education. They are women who wish to improve their reading and writing skills, communication skills, and life skills so that they may improve their own lives as well as the lives of their children.
PHH currently runs two consecutive adult literacy classes from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM and from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM three days per week. Classes cannot be held during the day due to the family responsibilities of students and income-generating activities.
Project Have Hope is in the process of seeking a grant to fund a solar panel project in the community center that would increase the capacity of the adult literacy program. By installing solar panels in the community center, PHH will be able extend courses into the evening, offering adult literacy classes to an additional 100 students within one year’s time.
PHH will also use the extended hours at the community center to offer additional computer skills training courses to the community.