I went to work on Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 9:15 to 1:00. I also went shopping for my nephew and I went shopping for mother’s day and I am going to another dance tomorrow night. It is at CNIB.
In July, 2007 my husband had surgery and he was unable to do some of the book work and I could not read well enough to understand it all to help him. Therefore he and I got frustrated and said something has to be done. So I picked up the phone and called the library and asked if there was a program for adult literacy. I was talking to Linda Oakley the Program Coordinator at the Captain William Spry Library. It was a Tuesday and I came to the library for an interview that same night. I thought I could start in September but Linda informed me that they had a summer program so I started the next week. She really helped me because I thought I had all summer to think about it and here I am. I probably would have chickened out if I had waited until September. I didn’t tell my husband I was doing it until after I made the phone call. Linda worked with me until a tutor started to work with me in December. I am glad I came. I feel I am getting a lot out of it.
by Zafey Geberu
Captain William Spry Adult Learning Program
My name is Zafey Alemaw Geberu. I am 29 years old. I came here from Ethiopia in 2000. At first, I was excited to come to Canada because my husband was living here, but I soon discovered that none of this was what I had expected at all.
When I came here, everything was different. I was homesick. I had never
lived far away from my family and I missed all my friends. I was pregnant
with my daughter, Fray, and getting sick every morning. I didn’t speak any
English. I didn’t like the food or the weather. I used to cry almost every day
when my husband went to work. I told my husband, Ata, that I wanted to go
back home. He said,
“You will be O.K. Don’t worry.”