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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Reviews for Child Aid

Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I run a very small non-profit program in an indigenous mountain village in Guatemala, where we have established both an elementary and junior high school. We began our collaboration with Child Aid last year, when we were fortunate enough to send two of our teachers to Child Aid’s teacher training program. Although our teachers are dedicated and want their students to receive a quality education, they are a product of an educational system that recently was ranked 125 out of 133 nations evaluated by the World Economic Forum. Having never been exposed to books themselves in their homes as a child or at school as part of their education, our teachers lack the necessary skills to teach reading even though they now have access to various materials and resources. Child Aid’s programs provide the teachers training in stimulating a desire among their students to read in a culture without the resources or the tradition of reading. They also focus on techniques to develop reading comprehension, a glaring void that existed in our curriculum. Child Aid’s teacher training program has already helped us tremendously in our attempt to raise the level of education in our village.

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In addition to the teacher training, we have been privileged to receive for a nominal charge a generous donation from Child Aid of books and educational material. It is rare that children in Guatemala have an opportunity to utilize books in the classroom and even rarer that they can take them out of the school setting and enjoy them at home. Child Aid has provided this unique opportunity to the children in our community.

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

Child Aid is a valuable and essential resource to the people of Guatemala and is deserving of your support. I hope that they will be able to expand the program in Guatemala to reach even more educational institutions.

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