The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.

We offer Central Americans hope and the opportunity to overcome poverty by promoting democracy and prosperity through community libraries that spark a spirit of discovery and foster citizen participation.
Early Childhood Literacy & Nutrition in Guatemala
 
$2,293
$15,207
Raised
Remaining
This project trains marginally educated mothers of pre-schoolers from five different rural communities in Guatemala to promote pre-literacy skills and the value of good nutrition. Activities held in the library and at home will prepare the children for the formal education system which will reduce both drop-out and malnutrition rates, giving the children the chance of a better future. project reportread updates from the field
Girls, Women and Tech in Guatemala
 
$135
$8,865
Raised
Remaining
First, we gave books to girls and they are reading. Now they want to learn computer skills which will connect them to the global community and also give them job skills. Women in our communities are also using the internet to find global markets for their handicrafts. This project is earmarked for a completely indigenous community in Xolscalmaja, Totonicapan, Guatemala. In spite of its rural location this is a progressive community with standing room only for their existing aging computers. project reportread updates from the field
Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala
 
$18,000
$0
Raised
Remaining
This project provides 440 girls a better education by building a love and habit for reading and computers at 11 community-managed libraries through educational activities and involving parents. project reportread updates from the field
From Books on Horseback to Books on Wheels
 
$1,268
$26,952
Raised
Remaining
There is a network of 53 rural community libraries in Honduras that is longing for new books and programming support from their central office. A "bibliobus" that can be outfitted as a mobile library is badly needed to service these libraries and even more rural communities with no libraries. Currently some of the more remote communities are being served on horseback. While the volunteers and horses are willing there are limitations to what can be transported by this particular "pony express. project reportread updates from the field

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