Gift of Literacy Project

It costs $300 to educate twenty-five women to a fifth-grade level in reading, writing, and simple math. Classes meet for two hours a night, five nights a week for a year. The $300 cost covers a small honorarium for the teacher, primers, slates and chalk, and a gas lamp where electricity is unavailable. Besides literacy, classes also raise awareness of hygiene, health and sanitation, improve the women’s social status and household income, teach moral and ethical values, and introduce women to the God of the Bible. Most literacy classes choose to continue as ongoing women’s self-help groups once students have graduated.

For most of us, literacy is such a part of our everyday world, it’s almost impossible to imagine life without it. But for nearly 300 million adults in South Asia, 68% being women and girls, the darkness and shame of being unable to read, write or do simple math is an everyday reality. The Women’s Empowerment Project, started by Jerry and Marilyn Hogshead, is changing that reality for nearly 600 women involved in twenty adult literacy classes.

As the dramatic testimonies of the first graduates spread, our South Asian team is getting more and more requests to start new classes in areas where none exist. Because current classes are all full and there are no additional funds to start more, Jerry and Marilyn created the “Gift of Literacy” as a way for others to help fund new classes so poor women and girls who never had the opportunity for an education can become literate.

The testimonies of transformation from the first 128 graduates are quite amazing:

  • “I feel I am now a free and self-respecting woman. Now I know I am a valuable member of society.”
  • “The day [I was accepted into my class], I felt I had overcome my world. It was unbelievable for me, the love and respect I began to receive in my family.”
  • “When I wrote my name for the first time, I cannot express the joy I experienced.”
  • “Now my husband salutes me and my children are honoring me.”

Our Mission

To come alongside Christian leaders around the world.

Methodology

  • We serve as catalysts, without personal or institutional agendas.

  • We stay only as long as needed and welcome.

  • We view all our work as spiritual activity with eternal significance.

  • We promote effective and Godly stewardship of resources as a model for business and ministry.

  • We practice the accountability of planning and evaluating our work, and teach others to do the same.

Financial Information

Financial accountability is important to Paraclete.  We have been members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) since 1998.  Our Financial Statements were audited for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 by Capin Crouse, LLP.  Paraclete is registered for charitable solicitation in all states that require it.

Financial Summary

Revenues
Cash Donations
$2,706,624
Other Revenue
$12,437
Total Revenue
$2,719,061
Expenses
Program
$1,953,878
Administrative
$315,736
Fund Raising
$200,265
Total Expenses
$2,469,879
Excess (or Deficit) for the Year
$249,182

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