“I first came across the Ozark Literacy Council through my nonprofit marketing class [at the U of A]. In the class, I worked on a social media marketing project with OLC. In doing so, I discovered that my friends, who are also from Nepal, were taking class there.
OLC has impacted so many of my friends in Fayetteville. With the political climate that is ongoing, OLC is very open and welcoming which I love! Eventually, [I want OLC] to grow in other parts of the state and country, helping and accepting lots of other people. I would like to see partnerships with companies across country to help with sustaining job placements as well!
Not being able to communicate is very difficult and frustrating. Coming from Nepal, I’ve seen my mom struggle to communicate in English and I wish there were more places like OLC in other cities too. Adult literacy is important because it allows people share their experience and knowledge to help everyone around grow along with them. Immigrants who come to this country have a lot to offer, but can’t [get that across] because of the language barrier. It is important to bridge that gap, which exactly what OLC does.
I always will support OLC because of the immediate impact they have in many people’s life, welcoming and accepting anyone and everyone.”