Dehab is our Student Spotlight for the month of November. She came to Literacy Source in April, and has excellent attendance in her ESOL classes and tutoring. She has a very interesting story, and we recently enjoyed an opportunity to sit down with her and learn more about her life.
LS: Where are you from originally?
DM: I am from East Africa, from Eritrea. My city is Asmara, the capital.
LS: Did you grow up there? What was it like?
DM: Yes, I grew up there. It has the best weather, it is always sunny. I liked how we would always get together with our neighbors and family, everyone spent time together. And the church was very close to our house so we went there a lot.
LS: When did you come to the US?
DM: In December of 1999.
LS: Why did you decide to move to the US?
DM: At the time I was living in Yemen, working as a housekeeper but the income was not enough. I put my name in a lottery for a green card and won! Before that I had also lived in Sudan and Djibouti. But then I won the lottery and came to the US.
LS: Are you a US citizen?
DM: Yes, I got my citizenship in 2006. I started voting with Obama and am voting in the election now.
LS: What are your goals for studying at LS?
DM: I want to learn to read and write so I can do community work in the future. I want to help people in the community.