Child Aid Overview
Target demographics: poor, indigenous children in Guatemala
Geographic areas served: Guatemala
Programs: Reading for Life is the name of our flagship literacy program in Guatemala. Through Reading for Life, we help more than 8,500 children in over 50 villages improve their lives through education. Each year, we help hundreds of teachers in remote villages more effectively teach children to read. We deliver tens of thousands of children’s books to neglected schools and libraries.
We create and improve community libraries and train librarians to be promoters of reading in their villages. We provide scholarships, fund schools for children living in poverty, and support educational programs for indigenous girls. We also provide training, materials and support to local organizations that are working to improve educational opportunity for children.
Reading for Life is effective because it is multifaceted. It is sustainable because we invest in local people. It is empowering because it gives children the greatest resource they can possess to lift themselves from poverty: literacy.
- Trained 42 librarians representing 31 rural libraries.
- Sponsored summer reading activities in 25 indigenous communities.
- Supplied 38 libraries with thousands of quality children’s books.
- Partnered with 27 schools in rural indigenous communities.
- Trained 294 teachers to promote and teach reading more effectively.
- Engaged 6,434 children in school-based literacy activities.
- Conducted over 1,000 one-on-one classroom training sessions with teachers.
- Brought 37,911 Spanish-language children's books to Guatemala.
- Improved book collections in 93 schools and libraries.
- Designated over 89% of our funds directly to program use.