Reading Village

Reading Village empowers youth to eradicate illiteracy and lead their communities out of poverty.
Jul 7, 2011

Juan Carlos's Truth

Juan Carlos shares his truth
Juan Carlos shares his truth

Juan Carlos is not the most articulate of our newest teen reading promoters. He lives in the shadow of his domineering father and his Spanish skills are a bit weak. But I love this kid because what he lacks in eloquence he makes up for with spirit and determination.

Last week as our Learning Journey group ended their time with the teens in a teary and heartfelt closing circle, Juan Carlos's words hit me hard. He bravely shared, "If it weren't for Reading Village, I would not be here. I would be in the field carrying heavy loads of vegetables." And that's the truth. His family would not be able to afford to send him to public school (which in Guatemala is not free), and he would be trapped in the cycle of poverty that many never escape.

Juan Carlos was not accepted into our program on his first try. But that did not stop him. And now, despite his difficulties expressing himself, he is nearly always the first to offer an opinion or answer a question during the teens' training sessions.

And each week he grows more and more accomplished at engaging small children in stories. Through our program Juan Carlos is not only discovering a new future for himself but making this possible for the children he reads to.

Keep teens like Juan Carlos in school with a donation today.

Thank you for your partnership in this important work,

Juan Carlos reading to children in his community
Juan Carlos reading to children in his community

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Jun 10, 2011

Donations Matched on June 15

Sharing a good story
Sharing a good story

Don't forget! Wednesday the 15th is Bonus Day.

Donations made on that day only will be matched 30%

That means a donation of $50 (10 books) becomes $65 (13 books).

As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

Jun 2, 2011

Donations matched on June 15

 

During my last visit to the community of Concepción I encountered a small boy walking toward me. It did my heart good to see a book in his hand. The fact that he was carrying it in a plastic bag told me that he wanted to take good care of this precious item.
He had checked out the book from our supply room cum library and was returning it. I asked him if he enjoyed the story, and his face lit up with a big smile. ¡Sí, mucho! I thanked him for taking such good care of the book and told him he could check out another one. At the thought of bringing home another book he became physically overcome with ants-in-his-pants excitement. From my perspective, it just doesn't get any better than that.
Your donations keep books in the hands of little boys and girls like this, and on Wednesday, June 15, your donation goes even further. GlobalGiving will match 30% of all donations made on our GlobalGiving page that day only. So, for example, a donation of $50 (10 books) becomes $65 (13 books).
Mark your calendar. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your impact!
Thank you for all you do to bring the power and joy of reading to children.

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