Rating: 5 stars 12 reviews
Issues: Education, International
Location: 917 SW Oak St Ste 208 Portland OR 97205 USA
Results: 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: 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.
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Public schools in Guatemala, particularly in remote villages, have few if any resources. The books I have been able to get from Child Aid to share with some of these schools have been received with a kind of heart-felt thanks and wonder that enhances the power of reading and writing in ways hard to believe. Teachers, earning less than $150 a month, and students coming to school with nothing more than a tortilla for lunch, if that, are amazed by these books and so proud to have them in their school "libraries". They have worked hard to raise a small amount to help pay for them and value them beyond measure. Thank you, John and Child Aid, you are making a huge difference on the ground and in the classroom!
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As noted above, the joy of receiving books from Child Aid and the care they are given is priceless and renews the faith and heart of any educator anywhere.
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Keep supporting their outreach for I love that they are not only getting books into schools but also working on some vital teacher training which is so needed here.