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"I feel free!"

Originally from Tanzania, Fransiska emigrated to the United States in search of better opportunities. She promptly enrolled at Literacy for Life because she knew that English would be essential to building the new life she envisioned for herself.

Since then, Fransiska has proven to be one of LFL's most steadfast and enthusiastic learners. In fact, she has logged nearly 1000 hours of instruction! She has persisted despite demanding housekeeping jobs, cancer treatments, and the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of her unwavering commitment, her English has improved steadily, from beginning to advanced.

Fransiska's most recent triumph was obtaining her driver's license--a day she describes as a sort of personal Independence Day. She explains that her world has expanded: "I feel free!"

With her newfound independence, Fransiska can pursue goals that were too logistically challenging before. For example, she can drive herself to Norfolk for the appointments required to become a U.S. citizen, her next goal. She will be able pursue workplace certification because she can drive herself to class. She will be able to seek employment anywhere in the area, no longer constrained by bus routes and schedules.

"My friends at Literacy for Life have worked hard with me to improve my English," says Fransiska. "I can't thank you enough. You are simply the best!"

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