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.
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.
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 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!