Well, we have begun! 11 Tuareg men, mostly day guards, are enrolled in our French class. They will work for the next 3 months on learning French – speaking as well as reading and writing. If they can improve their French, doors will open for them. Many of them don’t speak enough French to do a good job at guarding because, at some time or other, they have to speak with their employer who doesn’t speak Tamashaq, the language of the Tuareg.
We are hoping that this will provide a jump start on improving their earning ability as well as helping them become more involved in the community with a greater knowledge of what is going on. Our goal is to see this take off and be a big help to these 11. Then we will start a class for night guards and grow it out to meet the needs of as many people as we can. These men say they are ready to work! It looks like a great thing is taking off! May it produce powerfully positive results!