Sasha's Story

When we first met her, she had fallen behind her classmates at school. 

In fact, not only couldn’t she read or write English, she couldn’t speak it either.

This was essentially down to a lack of support and encouragement at home.

You see, from a young age Sasha’s mother had been in and out of prison. Sasha and her younger sister were being taken care of by her grandparents. 

And while the grandparents did their best, Sasha wasn’t getting enough support and motivation with her school work.  Which meant she was gradually falling behind. 

Now, Sasha's future is much brighter. 


Sasha is now in Primary 4 and not only can she now read and write English, but she confidently speaks it too.

Her progress was helped with the ongoing assistance of her volunteer ‘Learning Friend’, Sze Shan.

She’s been helping Sasha for the past two years; providing her with vital education and encouragement on a regular basis.

Sze Shan has seen a huge amount of progress. When she first met Sasha, she hardly understood any English.

This was holding her back with all her English-taught subjects at school.

However with Sze Shan’s invaluable support, not only has Sasha’s English improved immensely,, but her confidence has grown too.

As Sze Shan says, “She was a lot more shy in the beginning. ... but now she’s starting to read more fluently… and she’s constantly gaining confidence in her reading”.

Sasha now goes to the library every Friday to continue her learning.   And with her commitment, plus the support of her Learning Friend, she’s got a much brighter future.

We want to ensure that more children like Sasha get a fairer start in life. 

A small donation of $30 provides 1 reading lesson and you can do this directly on this site, at our 'Donate' page. Thank you. 

Ahmad's Story

Ahmad, 7, wasn’t keeping up with the other children at school when we first met him. So much so, that he couldn't read any English.

Ahmad’s problem had nothing to do with his own abilities. In fact, he’s a bright young boy. Rather, it was due to not getting the parental support and encouragement at home that every child needs.

You see, both Ahmad’s parents have been incarcerated since he was just a baby. His elderly grandparents have done their best to look after - but to add to their burden, they’ve had to take care of Ahmad’s sister and two other cousins, too.

Ahmad comes from a family of four generations of incarcerated parents. It was clear that if he fell behind at school during his formative years, there was a much higher chance that Ahmad might follow his parents' path.

Thankfully, Ahmad’s future is now much brighter.

Ahmad recently received the 'Best in Progress' award at school and is soon moving up to Primary 2.

His progress was helped with the ongoing assistance of his volunteer Learning Friends, Ed and his wife Lai.

They’ve been with Ahmad as Learning Friends for the past two years, providing him with vital education and encouragement on a regular basis.

By providing one-to-one, home-based reading lessons, they gave Ahmad invaluable help, so that he didn’t fall behind during those vital early years.

Not only have they seen Ahmad’s reading and English improve, but his confidence has also grown.

Ahmad says he wants to be a Doctor when he grows up. Thanks to the help he received from his Learning Friends, he now has a better chance of realising his dream.

Of course, Ahmad has a long way to go, but by starting off at the same level as the other children in his year, he has a much better chance of making it.

We want to ensure that more children like Ahmad get a fairer start in life.


*Ahmad isn’t his real name, because protecting the privacy of the children and families we help is crucial. Everything else in his story is true.