Meet Veronica

Meet Veronica

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My name is Veronica.  I am married and have one daughter.  Four years ago, we left Mexico with a broken heart – no family, no friends, and no jobs in Arkansas. We lost our way of life, but everything has its rewards. In the beginning, it was very difficult, but we progressed step by step.

A year and half ago, I found Ozark Literacy Council. OLC has very professional people; they always work very hard and give a lot for us. Our school is amazing because we have people from different countries and cultures. We are one big family because we are learning English and a new culture.

My daughter, Samantha, is ten years old. She is very active in her school, and she loves her Gifted and Talented classes. She has very good grades, and her English has improved a lot compared to how much she knew four years ago. Samantha is the reason why we are here struggling.  We are seeking a better education for her and us.  My goal now is to go to the University for an MBA.  I feel more confident thanks to OLC.

Meet Jeff

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I started reading lessons in 1996 because I wanted to read newspaper ads.  I wanted to get a driver’s license and a better job.  I’ve had a lesson almost every week since 1996.  I take cooking lessons, like to go on cruises, and am involved in bowling, baseball, running, and church. I work now as a janitor at Walton Arts Center, and I get to go to some of the shows. I read better than I did, but still need to improve.  I enjoy my lessons at OLC.

Meet Nouk

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My name is Nouketcheussi, and I come from Cameroon. My country is very beautiful, and the people of Cameroon are warm and welcoming to all. My wife and I and our four children came to the United States from a special program in my country. At first, we thought to experience immediately the American Dream. But this was not so easy as we first believed.

Both my wife and I had taken English classes in Cameroon. We thought we knew well the language of the great American people. However, when we arrived, we were surprised by how little we understood. It was impossible to live our dream when we could not understand those who were speaking all around us.  By our very good fortune, we learned about Ozark Literacy Council, and immediately signed up for classes. This good habit has helped us to help our children with their schooling, and it also helped me to understand people. Now I have a job*, and my wife is training for a job as well. Now that we can understand the expressions of the people around us, we can live the American dream and help other people at the same time.

*Nouketcheussi works for the Arkansas Support Network. His wife Christine is receiving PRN training.

Meet Rohani

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I’m Rohani, and I’m here from Indonesia. My husband came here when he received a U of A Fulbright scholarship. When my baby was six months old, we came here to join him. I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Back home in my country, I used to watch Hollywood movies. I thought of America in terms of big cities, crowded places, and people wearing fancy dresses.  However, when I first got here, I felt amazed by the country and landscape of the Natural State. Here in Arkansas, everything is completely different. I see woods. I see big roads, but less traffic than I expected. Also, people here are very friendly, and religious, too. In my mind, I thought America was a secular country, and Americans didn’t really have the value of belief.  At Ozark Literacy Council, I mingle with different people from all over the world.  It makes me feel humble, open-minded, and more respectful of others’ beliefs.  I have made many new friends, and we have established strong relationships inside and outside of class.  I see a lot of good inside the hearts of Americans, especially the people of Arkansas.

Finding Home by Sydne Tursky

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A Nepali woman struggles to find community in a city strikingly different from her home country. The first time Sangeeta Pandeya met Kapil Khadka, she didn’t even like him. The second time Pandeya met Khadka, it was their wedding day. Read the story      

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