“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 previous life back in Sudan among all of my family there — I feel a certain kind of ache, a longing for that time,” said Abdelhfeiz Ali as he contemplated his life in the US.
Ali graduated from Sudan University of Science and Technology with a degree in electrical engineering. He now works as a trimmer at JBS (a meat packing plant in Grand Island). He hopes to study to be a certified electrician in English; he knows that to reach this goal he must first study the English language.
“I think that the Literacy Council of Grand Island is a good place to learn the English language; they have helpful and patient tutors, excellent staff, and everyone gives a hand to whoever has a need,” said Ali.
Ali has been studying at the Literacy Council for almost seven months. He believes that there are two parts to improving their lives and financial situations: the fact that an organization, like the Literacy Council, has services available is key— but it is on the students to know how to study hard and to show up prepared.
Ali has proven his own dedication to learning: he’s attended over 55 group classes in 7 months and meets with his tutor for at least 1 hour each week as well.