People who can read and write live longer. Illiteracy prevents people from understanding even the most basic ways to care for themselves. Add this up over a lifetime and you understand why older illiterate people have a 50% higher death rate over the next 5 years that their literate peers. Words add years to your life.
World Literacy Foundation (2012)
The World Literacy Foundation recognises that literacy is a human right. They work in countries across the world from Colombia to Kenya to Cambodia, delivering books, setting up libraries and training teachers. The WLF endeavours to create a relationship with every young person in their program, in the hope that a love of reading will keep them in education, out of crime, giving them a better and longer life.Read more
Many of these children stay on the streets learning negative things and don't have any future because they can't read. I love this reading program because I want my grandchildren not to go down a bad path.World Literacy Foundation Volunteer