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March 10, 2011

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.

March 9, 2011

I was a member of 16 person volunteer team who, in November of 2010, had the opportunity to work in and observe in a Guatemalan village school in which Child Aid has been working for improved children's literacy. Although the school was then on vacation, The Child Aid program, 'adventures in reading' was underway. We had the opportunity to see a reading program which excited and interested the children. The children were excited to have reading material, which was not available before. The teachers have been trained by Child Aid to conduct the lessons in an active and open environment which seems to encourage participation. I have learned that in much of Latin America there is NO emphasis in school to learn to read for pleasure, partly because there is usually no pleasure reading material available. It looks to me that through the work of Child Aid, some children are getting a new message about the power of reading. I was amazed at the number of village children who voluntarily attended the classes.

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In an interview with the teacher, we were told that the students who attend the Child Aid sponsored 'Adventures in Reading' program during their vacation are far ahead of most other non attending students in most reading skills in regular classrooms.

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