Child Aid

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Education, International

Location: 917 SW Oak St Ste 208 Portland OR 97205 USA

Mission: Child Aid’s mission is to create opportunity for Latin America’s rural and indigenous poor through childhood literacy programs.
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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EIN 33-0317937
503-223-3008
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member of Child Aid for more than 10 years. I am very careful about how I allocate my volunteer time and resources, and I am proud to be a supporter of Child Aid. I have seen firsthand what a difference our work has made to so many lives, and how far our dollars go in Latin America. I am also the board chair of a small community foundation, and in that capacity, I work with a lot of non-profits. Child Aid is the only organization outside of the non-profits in my community that I work with. Why? The impact of our programs, the passionately committed volunteers and staff, and the fact that Child Aid is run in an extremely professional and fiscally responsible manner are why I support Child Aid.

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2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the father of two children adopted from Guatemala and have been working with Child Aid for a number of years as a way of supporting positive change in the country. I joined the board this year and had a chance to visit the country and see their Reading for Life programs first-hand.

I was most impressed to see how their multi-faceted approach -- providing books, training teachers and librarians and supporting local libraries -- is changing the culture of education in these communities. Not only are kids getting access to books and vital literacy skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, but teachers and librarians are getting high quality training that will make them better at their jobs. The energy and enthusiasm for learning (and teaching) that I found in the schools I visited was inspiring. It illustrates Child Aid's long-term focus on investing in and empowering local people that I think will pay great dividends in the future.

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

In 2011 I traveled to Guatemala and visited schools and libraries in six different communities where Child Aid works. I also spent a day observing a librarian training.

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

Broaden their base of supporters and donors. Not enough people know about them!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Our group of adoptive families in Oregon originally found Child Aid when searching for non-profits working in Guatemala we could support.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Developing and building their Reading For Life programs and expanding them to new communities.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Create opportunities and alleviating poverty through literacy and education in Guatemala's poorest communities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with Child Aid for the past several years. They have done so much to improve the lives of children. Nothing makes a bigger difference in a child's future than the ability to read, think & dream! Please join me in supporting Child Aid. Thanks!

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

Seeing the lives of children change dramatically once they've learned to love reading.

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

Help to provide more funding to increase the number of children reached.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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