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Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education

Mission: We promote democracy and prosperity in Central America by creating and supporting community libraries that awaken a spirit of discovery and citizen participation.

Target demographics: rural communities in Central America

Geographic areas served: Central America

Programs: Each library offers varied programming including early childhood development, story hours, book clubs and youth activities.

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Joan F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined the board because I was able to see, for myself, the impact of these libraries on rural communities in Central America. I saw young girls showing off their reading schools. I saw indigenous residents meeting to discuss community issues. I saw young people doing research on computers for their homework rather than hanging out in the streets. Riecken Libraries allow so many under-served, deserving people gain free access to information and join the global community.