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A “Thank You” from South Africa

June 23, 2006

One of the most gratifying parts of our work is getting letters from our book users around the world.  Here’s a letter we recently received from South Africa:

Greetings from Eastern Cape in South Africa,
I would like to thank you for the wonderful books that have served me and my colleagues so well over the past 10 years.
I was first introduced to the books via TALC and have been using them extensively ever since in the training of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and home caregivers–all working at a grass root level in very poorly resourced communities.
Your books are so easy to read, user friendly and exciting that our people–many of whom have minimal literacy– devour them to an extent that they never do other available resources. The biggest problem is that, due to limited resources we can only afford a few copies and they tend to “disappear” even with strict controls. My wish would be for each of the really committed learners to have copies for their very own. However this will be a long time in coming as there are so many pressing needs.
I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening up new and challenging vistas for our CHWs and for inspiring us as community workers to use more and more innovative methods. The sections on teaching aids have also been invaluable. Perhaps if you could produce simple step-by-step instructions for the CHWs to use they may manage to make their own for use in their communities. At present only a very small percentage of CHW learners are able to make their own.
Keep up the good work!many, many thanks, or to use Zulu, “ngiyabonga khakhulu
Kathy Southgate
We would love to hear how you have used our books. If you have a story that you would like to share, please e-mail Khanh Pham at [email protected]. We’ll print one or two stories in each quarterly E-Newsletter.