Mission: Child Aid’s mission is to create opportunity for Latin America’s rural and indigenous poor through childhood literacy programs.
Results: In 2015, Child Aid:
- Trained 76 librarians representing 48 rural libraries.
- Supplied 76 libraries with over 100,000 quality children’s books.
- Partnered with 52 schools in rural indigenous communities.
- Trained 477 teachers to promote and teach reading more effectively.
- Engaged over 14,000 children in school-based literacy activities.
- Conducted over 16,000 one-on-one classroom training sessions with teachers.
- Brought 173,000 Spanish-language children's books to Guatemala.
- Improved book collections in 128 schools and libraries.
- Designated over 89% of our funds directly to program use.
Target demographics: poor, indigenous children in Guatemala
Direct beneficiaries per year: 52 schools with 477 participating teachers who teach over 11,000 children.
Geographic areas served: Guatemala
Programs: Though our teacher training and librarian training programs we help more than 28,500 children improve their lives through education. Each year, we help hundreds of teachers in remote villages more effectively teach children to read and write. 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 also provide training, materials and support to local organizations that are working to improve educational opportunity for children.
The Child Aid literacy program is effective because there is no better way to improve the quality of education than to improve the skills of teachers. 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.
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!
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.