Literacy for Liberia

Teaching reading, writing and math to women in impoverished rural communities in Liberia, Africa.

For the first time in her life, 50-year-old Mary Kotoi is a proud student.

Growing up in rural Liberia, Africa, the mother of six was never given the opportunity to go to school or learn to read.

Less than half of the women in this African nation are literate. In many developing countries, war and poverty have prevented adults from attending traditional schools, resulting in poor literacy rates. This problem is especially prevalent with women.

Mary is one of 1,500 women who have benefitted so far from a Samaritan's Purse program, operated in partnership with Liberian churches, that teaches reading, writing and math to women in impoverished rural communities. Those skills will help them with day-to-day market transactions and to provide for their families.

Not only has Mary been touched by the reading and writing lessons, but also by the Scriptures read and explained to her by teachers. She is especially interested in passages on forgiveness and her responsibilities as a parent.

Bible readings also captivated fellow student Hawa Korhene. Through the program, she learned about God's unconditional love and came to accept Christ as her personal savior.

"Now, I am able to go to church on Sundays and pray to God," she said.

As she continues to attend class, Hawa is excited for the bright future that her reading and writing abilities will provide.

"From what I am learning, I am able to read and write my name, other people's names, and read Bible stories," she said. "I want to thank Samaritan's Purse for this program, and may God bless the donors who are supporting them."

Ways you can help


Please pray for women in Liberia and other places in Africa, who long to read and write and for our partners working to help them. Pray that the Lord will touch their hearts with the love of Christ as they learn these practical skills.


A gift of $125 can provide a woman with valuable vocational skills and training, giving her a chance to earn income and support her family. Donate Here