Child Aid

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Education, International


917 SW Oak St Ste 208 Portland OR 97205 USA


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.

Target demographics:

poor, indigenous children in Guatemala

Geographic areas served:



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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I were part of the 16 member team that catalogued books and painted the inside and outside of a school in 2009 and 2010. We saw how teacher training has helped instruction. We noticed the enthusiasm of children who voluntarily attended a reading program during their vacation time. We were impressed by how the community became involved in the improvement of their children's education. We were very impressed by the Guatemalan teachers trained by Child-Aid and by the entire staff of the organization in Guatemala and in Portland, Oregon.

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

We saw first hand the desire children had to improve their reading skills by attending classes during their vacation.

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

Find ways for them to be noticed through media coverage.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

many parts of Guatemala

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

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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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.

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

seek new fund raising resources.

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