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.
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!