Ali's Story 

My name is Ali, and I want to tell you my story. When I was a young boy, I was given the opportunity to attend school. My father did not have the opportunity and so he could not read and he was cheated out of his home. He could not get any help because he could not read. He couldn’t even read a holy book. But then these foreigners came to my village. 

You see how slowly I look at each word and how slowly I make the sounds. I am old but I finally got the opportunity to learn to read and I am so proud. I feel like I am a king and I have been given the keys to a great empire. I have learned so much since I came to read. 

When I learned to read, I was given wings, and now I can fly.

Now I can read the holy book these people gave me and I can learn so much more. Now I can learn about anything I want to. I have been given some books from my new friends and I learn every day. And now, instead of staying in the poor house, I want to be an accountant and I will help my family. I am very proud of what I have accomplished and I am so thankful to my supporters who gave me an opportunity.

When I learned to read, I was given wings, and now I can fly.