Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 28th 2016 Contents Have you ever thought of your-
self as someone who could
change the life of another human
being? Do you possess any life-
changing skill that you can share
with others? You do! You can
read! While this is not a unique
skill it is an important one, and
one that many of our fellow Trin-
bagonians have some difficulty
Have you ever noticed how often
you read on a daily basis? Think
about the advertisements and signs
you read casually on your way to
school, work or home. Everywhere
you look there is text---on bill-
boards, walls, buildings, even on
cars and buses. How about the
signs you read to avoid getting lost
while travelling to an unfamiliar
part of T&T?
Think about the time you spend
scrolling through your Facebook
timeline, reading emails and text
messages, or catching up on cur-
rent events in the daily newspaper.
Think about how enjoyable casual
reading is for many of us, whether
we use it to escape reality or to
learn new things.
What if you were unable to do
any of these things? Wouldn t that
be scary? Well, that is the reality
for thousands of people in our
country today. The good news is
that you can change that.
Contact Alta, undergo training
and become a tutor. By becoming
an Alta tutor you will be changing
the life of someone who may have
had a hard time learning to read
when they were younger.
You will have the opportunity
to share the joy of reading with
someone, while also giving them
the gift of being able to better
manage our fast-paced world.
There are many talented people
who are not able to flourish
because they have not yet perfected
the skill of reading. You can change
Additionally, by becoming an
Alta tutor you will be impacting
more than one life. If you can com-
mit two hours twice a week for an
academic year, you can help six or
more adults learn to read.
Also, very often people who have
difficulty with reading and writing
have young children in their care,
who may be relying on them for
assistance with their homework,
or to read and follow directions
on their medication or to be intro-
duced to the language of books by
reading a goodnight story. By ded-
icating your time, you can change
the quality of life for a whole family
and the next generation.
As a tutor you can convert what
for some is now a jumble of letters
into readable street signs, news-
paper articles and Facebook status
updates. It will take time and effort
for both tutors and students, but
you can literally help to change
someone else s life.
With 50 venues in different areas
of North, South and East Trinidad,
there is bound to be a class near
to either your home or work.
Call Alta at 624-2592. Change
a life today!
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Chief Executive Officer
This image released by Loyola Press shows Dear Pope Francis: The Pope
Answers Letters from Children Around the World, by Pope Francis. AP PHOTO
Changing a life
"Dear Pope Francis," 10-year-old
Mohammed begins, "Will the world
be again as it was in the past?"
Signed "Respectfully yours," the boy
wrote from a Jesuit-run school for
refugee children in Syria and was treated
to a long and personal answer from the
pope himself. So were 29 other children
who posed questions to Francis in letters
from around the globe for a new book
poignantly illustrated with their own
The book, Dear Pope Francis, is out
March 1 from Loyola Press in Chicago.
It s a project that likely wouldn t have
materialised without the help of Father
Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit like the pope
and the director of La Civilta Cattolica,
a Roman Catholic journal published in
Tom McGrath of the Jesuit-founded
publishing house co-edited the book
with Spadaro after reaching out to the
priest for help. Spadaro brought about
50 letters with questions to the pope
so he could select 30. Spadaro sat with
the pope as he responded to each. Francis
often complimented the artwork of the
"He knows Pope Francis very well,"
McGrath said of Spadaro. "We tried to
make it as easy for the pope as possi-
The pope s response to Mohammed
spoke in part of suffering and the people
who inflict it.
"There are those who manufacture
weapons so that people fight each other
and wage war. There are people who
have hate in their hearts. There are peo-
ple who are interested only in money
and would sell everything for it. They
would even sell other people," he wrote.
More to Mohammed s point, Francis
answered: "No, when the time comes,
the world will not be as it was. It will
be far better than it was in the past."
Once the pope agreed to participate
in the project, Loyola reached out to
priests and lay people around the world
to connect the publisher with children
to write the letters.
The 30 kids in the book range in age
from six to 13. In all, about 250 letters
were received in 14 languages from 26
countries around the globe. The pope
wound up with about 50 letters from
which to choose.
"He loved the project right from the
beginning," McGrath said. "He has this
great affection for children, who have
a great affection for him. He was sur-
prised at the depth of the questions."
There was no condensing or editing
of the pope s responses. In a 90-minute
session with Spadaro last August in
Rome, Francis responded verbally in a
mixture of Italian and Spanish. Spadaro
served as transcriber in addition to con-
necting Loyola Press with the Vatican.
"These are the pope s exact words,"
McGrath said. "At one point he men-
tioned, These are tough. He realised
that he owed the kids a deeper answer
than right off the top of his head."
Spadaro said via email that the pope
truly pondered when answering the
"Often he looked off into space and
tried to imagine the child in front of
him," he said. "And in his gaze I saw
Loyola will publish the book in English
and Spanish. As an international Jesuit
project, it will also be published simul-
taneously around the world, including
in Brazil, Indonesia, Slovenia, Mexico
Arrangements were still being made
but Loyola Press plans to bring ten of
the children included in the book to
Rome to meet the pope in person, hope-
fully in February before its March pub-
lication date. (AP)
Pope Francis answers
children in new book
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