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Sherry Miller

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Review for Avivara, Seattle, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Avivara, with only 3 people on their staff, two of whom I think work with little or no monetary pay and their key change agent, a Guatemalan teacher/administrator, are doing more to support education in rural communities here than any other organization in town, including the national/local government. They listen to the needs of the teachers; they respond. They train the teachers, many of whom have never had any form of real staff development. They supply schools with materials, with small, vibrant libraries, with art lessons where Ann models great teaching practices with the local classroom teacher, often with more than 30 in their class and certainly no sink to clean the brushes or their hands. They work tirelessly to empower students via scholarships, counsel, smiles and a more well equipped, responsive classroom than most public school students in rural Guatemala and many urban ones too, will ever know. I love Avivara and I admire the work they do, ever to quietly, humbly and significantly here. I love showing up at their end of year celebrations and hearing the testimonies, the stories and the endless thanks the hundreds of children and their families they are working for and with. This nonprofit is a model of true grassroots empowerment for all of us and "far exceeds expectations"! Thank you, Avivara, for being present in ways that so matter.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field

Review for Child Aid, Portland, OR, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

As noted above, the joy of receiving books from Child Aid and the care they are given is priceless and renews the faith and heart of any educator anywhere.

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

Keep supporting their outreach for I love that they are not only getting books into schools but also working on some vital teacher training which is so needed here.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I helped start a scholarship program for students here in remote villages who have little or no access to middle schools. We are now sending 75 students to school and our goal for next year is 100. Their schools are the recipients of some of these books.