At present Soul Action is working with ten local people, some employed as education tutors, others volunteers, who are working alongside three schools in two communities within Durban. In total we are now impacting the lives of 600 children and working with 14 staff members. Towards the end of last year Rachel identified that in order to develop the literacy project further we would need to increase our capacity in order to work with more projects and schools. She realised the need to find / train someone who could take on the role of working with more local people , mentoring and supporting them as they teach children how to read and write in English and to liaise with staff in schools and at the projects. At the beginning of this year Rachel was contacted by a lady called Diane and we have been in conversation ever since. Diane is originally from Durban and at the end of May will be returning to Soul Africa to join the Literacy Project as a Literacy Coordinator. Please read Diane’s story below … My name is Diane and I have a dream… to preach the good news to the poor, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim release for the captives and to comfort those who mourn. I have been asked whether any person can really make a difference in South Africa considering the scale of poverty. My answer is always an emphatic YES! We can change poverty in South Africa one child at a time! This is why I am excited to be working with Rachel at Soul Action to give children the opportunity to learn to read and write and change their future. I moved to London nine years ago and have been teaching in schools in West London. Over the last three years, I have been privileged to teach in a special needs school for children with mental and physical disabilities. I particularly enjoyed this work as it encompassed one of my passions to help slow learners learn to read and write. Although I loved living in London and enjoyed my teaching work, God had other plans for me and about three years ago I felt God’s calling to return to South Africa and use my teaching skills to impact the lives of children and adults in Durban. I have been on a journey of discovering God’s plans for my life, his provision and faithfulness. God is good! I am very excited to be returning to Durban to work with Rachel on the Literacy Project. I will be training and working alongside a small team of local English and isiZulu speaking tutors who will deliver a phonics program in schools working closely with existing educators. I will be involved in my two passions, to ensure that every child, including the slow learners, has the opportunity to learn to read and write and to empower women through education and training. We can change Durban one person at a time!