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917 SW Oak St Ste 208 Portland OR 97205 USA

Mission:

Child Aid’s mission is to create opportunity for Latin America’s rural and indigenous poor through childhood literacy programs.

Results:

In 2015, Child Aid: - Trained 76 librarians representing 48 rural libraries. - Supplied 76 libraries with over 100,000 quality children’s books. - Partnered with 52 schools in rural indigenous communities. - Trained 477 teachers to promote and teach reading more effectively. - Engaged over 14,000 children in school-based literacy activities. - Conducted over 16,000 one-on-one classroom training sessions with teachers. - Brought 173,000 Spanish-language children's books to Guatemala. - Improved book collections in 128 schools and libraries. - Designated over 89% of our funds directly to program use.

Target demographics:

poor, indigenous children in Guatemala

Direct beneficiaries per year:

52 schools with 477 participating teachers who teach over 11,000 children.

Geographic areas served:

Guatemala

Programs:

Though our teacher training and librarian training programs we help more than 28,500 children improve their lives through education. Each year, we help hundreds of teachers in remote villages more effectively teach children to read and write. 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 also provide training, materials and support to local organizations that are working to improve educational opportunity for children. The Child Aid literacy program is effective because there is no better way to improve the quality of education than to improve the skills of teachers. 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.

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A few years ago I began hearing from retired educators about a program called Child Aid and the projects that they were helping with in Guatemala. As a retired teacher/Title I coordinator and reading consultant for the state of Oregon, I was well aware of the importance of a thorough training program for teachers in reading instruction for children.
This last year I was able to be a part of the team that went down to help one of the schools that Child Aid is supporting with training for teachers and books for children!
As part of a team that painted a village school, I was able to see, firsthand, the minimal supplies that teachers in the Guatemalan schools have. I was reminded of a school in Tanzania, Africa where I spent a month supporting and training teachers, only the teachers in this Guatemalan school had even fewer materials to use! For that reason, it was pure joy to visit the headquarters of the organization and see the cases of books that were to soon to be available to these teachers and students!
It was, however, even more thrilling to have the chance to meet with the training team and see the well organized objectives and lessons and the passion of these trainers!
I have had the opportunity to teach many reading classes to teachers throughout the USA, and the thoroughness of the training plans and the ongoing support to the teachers and schools that I saw on this visit convinced me that this is a program that I must continue to support! I might add that the group that I was with was made up of mostly former educators, too. It was their encouragement and enthusiasm for this program that caused me to take an interest in Child Aid!
I am most grateful for having had the chance to see the quality of training that is provided to the teachers of Guatemala through Child Aid and look forward to further involvement with them.
Sincerely,
Bobbi Donnell

 
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I'm the leader of a group of Senior Citizens who have had the privilege of working with Child-Aid in Guatemala a for the past seven years. Child-Aid is a small organization, home-based in Portland, Oregon, but it is making a dramatic impact on the lives pf many children in Guatemala through the literacy and other programs that it runs. The role of our
group has been to go to Guatemala on an annual basis, spend one or two weeks painting and doing repairs on one of the elementary schools. It is very gratifying work, knowing that we can accomplish so much, and add a 'bright spot' to the lives of so many people. We make life-long friendships with the teachers and on-site staff members while we are
there, as well as with the school children and their parents. This year we had 18 team-members, each paying their own way for transportation, lodging and materials, so it makes for a very cost-effective endeavor. The way to gauge our success? In our first year of doing this - seven years ago -- we had 12 members on our trip. Without 'advertising' for
new member - just 'word-of-mouth' - this year we had 18 members, all of whom are excited about going back again in November of this year. A wonderful experience for members of out group, and a real blessing to work with Child-Aid, an organization is doing so much to help the children in Guatemala!

 
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I was a member of a 16 member team that went to Guatemala under the auspices of Child-Aid -- two trips so far, one in 2009 and the other in 2010. Child-Aid's main purpose for many years has been to deliver books in the Spanish language to the children of Guatemala. We were the first group that has gone to Guatemala with Child-Aid for the purpose of refurbishing an elementary school, (painting, electrical, plumbing, etc.) While there, we had the opportunity to observe the high-quality of training that Child-Aid is providing to the teachers, which in turn will great improve the quality of learning. It is amazing to see the impact that a relatively small organization can have on the education system of an entire country! I have become deeply impressed with the quality of the administrative staff of Child-Aid, in Portland, Oregon, as well as the on-site staff in Guatemala. We are looking forward to returning to Guatemala in 2011, to continue our work with this outstanding organization.

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many parts of Guatemala

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Dlwhatever is possible to 'spread the word' about the excellent work that is being done by this organization. In turn, this would help develop a broader base of support.

 
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Recently we had a chance to see all the wonderful things Child Aid accomplishes, and it was more than we could have imagined. Child Aid employs local staff whose creativity, drive, and enthusiasm fuels the success of the literacy program in their own communities. Everybody’s effort associated with the program (staff, teachers, librarians, parents, neighbors and students) not only accomplishes Child Aid’s education/literacy goals, but also creates an environment whose grassroots enable enrichment in so many other intangible ways that will be passed from generation to generation in Guatemala helping to end any cycle of poverty.

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Child Aid is doing fantastic work in the area of childrens literacy in many communities in Guatemala. Their approach, which includes continuous training of their "on the ground" team who then train the teachers and the librarians in the local communities is empowering to so many, and just makes sense. One of the most inspiring things is seeing the kids excited about reading, then teaching other kids, inspiring them, and knowing that being a donor is only one small (but important!) part of the process, with the big work being done by the staff, teachers, librarians and mostly the kids. I highly recommend getting involved!

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I have been a board member of Child Aid for more than 10 years. I am very careful about how I allocate my volunteer time and resources, and I am proud to be a supporter of Child Aid. I have seen firsthand what a difference our work has made to so many lives, and how far our dollars go in Latin America. I am also the board chair of a small community foundation, and in that capacity, I work with a lot of non-profits. Child Aid is the only organization outside of the non-profits in my community that I work with. Why? The impact of our programs, the passionately committed volunteers and staff, and the fact that Child Aid is run in an extremely professional and fiscally responsible manner are why I support Child Aid.

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2011

 
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I am the father of two children adopted from Guatemala and have been working with Child Aid for a number of years as a way of supporting positive change in the country. I joined the board this year and had a chance to visit the country and see their Reading for Life programs first-hand.

I was most impressed to see how their multi-faceted approach -- providing books, training teachers and librarians and supporting local libraries -- is changing the culture of education in these communities. Not only are kids getting access to books and vital literacy skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, but teachers and librarians are getting high quality training that will make them better at their jobs. The energy and enthusiasm for learning (and teaching) that I found in the schools I visited was inspiring. It illustrates Child Aid's long-term focus on investing in and empowering local people that I think will pay great dividends in the future.

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In 2011 I traveled to Guatemala and visited schools and libraries in six different communities where Child Aid works. I also spent a day observing a librarian training.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Broaden their base of supporters and donors. Not enough people know about them!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Our group of adoptive families in Oregon originally found Child Aid when searching for non-profits working in Guatemala we could support.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Developing and building their Reading For Life programs and expanding them to new communities.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Create opportunities and alleviating poverty through literacy and education in Guatemala's poorest communities.

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2011

 
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I have worked with Child Aid for the past several years. They have done so much to improve the lives of children. Nothing makes a bigger difference in a child's future than the ability to read, think & dream! Please join me in supporting Child Aid. Thanks!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the lives of children change dramatically once they've learned to love reading.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help to provide more funding to increase the number of children reached.

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2011

 
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Child Aid is great. The staff in Guatemala have been tremendous to work with. The projects are engaging and active and one is able to see that the staff have been very attentive to the communities that they work with. i certainly would not hesitate recommending Child Aid to anyone! i have had the chance to observe what they do and the impact they have in communities and each time i have been impressed. i appreciate that they respect and listen to communities and yet also challenge them in their libraries. Very impressive!

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I have personally experienced the results by seeing them first hand in Guatemala on numerous occasions.

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Not sure i have any suggested changes at this moment.

 
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Public schools in Guatemala, particularly in remote villages, have few if any resources. The books I have been able to get from Child Aid to share with some of these schools have been received with a kind of heart-felt thanks and wonder that enhances the power of reading and writing in ways hard to believe. Teachers, earning less than $150 a month, and students coming to school with nothing more than a tortilla for lunch, if that, are amazed by these books and so proud to have them in their school "libraries". They have worked hard to raise a small amount to help pay for them and value them beyond measure. Thank you, John and Child Aid, you are making a huge difference on the ground and in the classroom!

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As noted above, the joy of receiving books from Child Aid and the care they are given is priceless and renews the faith and heart of any educator anywhere.

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Keep supporting their outreach for I love that they are not only getting books into schools but also working on some vital teacher training which is so needed here.

 
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Our non-profit organization in Guatemala, Esperanza Juvenil, has benefited from the wonderful work of Child Aid in two ways. First, Child Aid has donated a number of excellent, high quality, hardcover children’s books for our library. In the context of Guatemala, where it is extremely difficult and expensive to get books for children, this has been a tremendous resource. Second, our teachers and staff have participated in Child Aid’s training which has helped them to develop skills to promote literacy and a love of reading with our children. Over the last five years, we have seen and measured a high rate of improvement in our children’s reading skills and passion for reading. We thank Child Aid for being a key partner in this effort!

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Child Aid is a highly professional organization with a very commited staff. The organization is serving a critical need in Guatemala.

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help Child Aid to work with more communities and schools.

 
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