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Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc. Overview
We promote democracy and prosperity in Central America by creating and supporting community libraries that awaken a spirit of discovery and citizen participation.
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Having previously visited Guatemala, the "need" was compelling: nurturing and guiding the growth of newly created libraries in the hinterlands. I wanted to see how they operated in the digital age. I was invited to join a site visit with a Board member and planned a trip around it (taking Spanish...
We all are witness of well-meaning efforts resulting in bureaucracies eating away available funds, consultants who produce nothing more than useless reports, recipients who do not appreciate or use effectively what they get. The ...
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I am primarily familiar with the foundation's role in Guatemala, but what I've seen, I really like. So much so that for my recent 50th birthday I asked others to support the foundation instead of gifts. I've visited one of the libraries and I'm amazed at the success the organization can produce ...
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