About us

Being able to read, write and use basic numeracy is a prerequisite for being able to take control of one's economy and business.

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ALEF has created a unique method for adult education. Learners aqcuire literacy and numeracy in participative study groups, and use the skills as tools to take control of their lives.

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ALEF has a board of nine people. Our founder and executive chair Hélène Boëthius works from our office in Vällingby in Stockholm with some volunteers when not travelling to the projects.

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ALEF has collaborations in five countries: Congo Kinshasa, Togo, Benin, Ethiopia and Uganda. Our strategy is to build capacity in local organizations.

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ALEF's Swedish newsletter with updates from the projects is mailed out once a month. At present we do not send out an English e-mail. If you would like us to send one, let us know.

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Many people appreciate ALEF's method and our projects. Here are some quotes from a few of them. 

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Several foundations and businesses sponsor ALEF. We have some long-term partners and others who contribute for a specific purpose, like sponsoring a study group or a one off intervention.

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