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April 5, 2018

When asked what memories or traditions she missed most about home in Sudan, Salua chose to talk about their Christmas time celebrations.

“In Sudan, at Christmastime, everyone would contribute to the holiday. We would come together to celebrate. The adults would gather...

April 5, 2018

Nestor Gonzalez is a shining example of what it means to give back to the organization that has given so much to him. While all of our tutors and Group Class Instructors volunteer their time to teach our students, it is not often that our students get a chance to volun...

April 2, 2018

One of Densel’s favorite quotes, which means so much to Dennis as well, was from Fred Rogers: “If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourse...

December 18, 2017

“I love the Literacy Council, because when I am here I feel as if I have come home.”

"Living in the United States is the dream that inspires many of my people in the Republic of Sudan, especially me, but sometimes — when I think back in time on my memories of my previou...

October 16, 2017

“I am from Sudan. When fighting broke out in the Darfur region where I lived, my father was killed; he was shot in front of me. I traveled by myself to Kenya and my family they traveled to Chad. To walk from Habila to Niala took me 1 month and from Niala to Nuba Mounta...

October 16, 2017

Mohamed Ali studied computer science in Arabic for four years at the National Ribat University in Khartoum, Sudan.

He now works at the JBS Meat Packing Plant in Grand Island, NE where he: “opens the stomach of the cow and take ‘everything’ out” (a job that he greatly di...

October 16, 2017

“When I was a young boy in Guatemala, I played the drum and marched in the parade for our local fairs. I played the drum back then, because they were the least expensive (instrument) to own. Children with more money, from wealthier families could afford the fancy instr...

October 2, 2017

You’re never too old to learn something new.

Our students teach us about this, and about perseverance of the human spirit, time and time again.

David and Cher (last names omitted for privacy reasons) have been tutoring together since November of 2016. David is a high-fun...

September 29, 2017

Abdelatif is from the Darfur region of Western Sudan.  When fighting came to his village in 2003, his father was killed and he had to flee for his life.  He was 17.  8 years later, waiting at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, his paperwork was processed to send him to...

May 24, 2017

Meet Chef Eduardo Villarreal.

Eduardo and his wife, Neloi are the owners of Mariscos Villarreal Restaurant in Grand Island, NE.

Eduardo and Neloi both grew up in the resort town of Bucerias Nayarit which is  located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Their move to Grand Island...

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