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Story of the Lone Male Graduate

Amakon Women Empowerment exists to promote women’s success. Our services are focused on women. Then one may wonder why there is a picture of a male graduate on our site. Here is the story of how that came to be.

A lady registered for the class. Her husband drove her to the first class. Thereafter, he drove her every week. On the very first day of class, rather than go home after dropping his wife, he hung around, but not aimlessly. He was very attentive to what was being taught. After, the second class, he asked if he could be allowed to join the class. We advised him that the class was only for women and girls. He accepted our response but continued to sit at a corner at the back of the class and take notes. After a few more classes, I asked him why he was doing this.

He told me that his job needed computer skills, and what he had was not sufficient. He tried to take a regular computer class,  but their starting point was too far above his ability to comprehend. He dropped out. But from what he saw, our classes were just perfect for him. We start at such a basic level that he could comprehend.

We decided to make an exception and allow him to take the class. He was one of the most hardworking students in the class. His tenacity and persistence paid off.

A view of the free computer class

I like knowing about what my kids are learning in school so I can help them. With my not being able to understand English, I cannot help them. With this course I am understanding a little and I can read with them. (BK, this narrative was edited to make it understandable as BK is just learning English)