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Phone: 503-223-3008
917 SW Oak St Ste 208
Oregon 97205

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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.

Child Aid’s mission is to create opportunity for Latin America’s rural and indigenous poor through childhood literacy programs.
In 2011, Child Aid:
- 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.

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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... more »
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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 ... more »
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 ... more »
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