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.
May 28, 2013

Big Push for Early Childhood Development

Mom helping her kids to get started.
Mom helping her kids to get started.

In just a few weeks a young woman who is pursuing her Master's degree at the University of Massachusetts in international education with a focus on early childhood development will be headed to Guatemala where she is going to evaluate our existing program and do a proposal for expanding the program through the Riecken network of 64 libraries.  Mothers are going to be interviewed and children tested in several communities to determine the effectiveness of the existing program and to help design an ongoing program.  We already know that the mothers are eager to have nutritional information.  Like mothers everywhere they would like to do what is best for their children but often do not have the necessary information. Often the mothers are illiterate which severely limits their access to nutritional information. We are very hopeful that you will continue to contribute to this very worthy project so that soon we might have thousands of children enrolled.

Handling shapes facilitates letter recognition
Handling shapes facilitates letter recognition

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May 28, 2013

Technology to Replace the Horses

Khan Academy and more coming soon to Tatumbla
Khan Academy and more coming soon to Tatumbla

A big "muchas gracias" to those of you who have donated to this project thus far.  As we have recently received funding for technology based resources and some of that technology can be used in remote regions where there is neither electricity nor computers we are shifting our focus from the "bibliobus."  We are looking to replace those horses with internet connectivity, computers and both on and offline education resources and also to increase our collaboration with local schools. Our first pilot project community will be Tatumbla, outside of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

As a result we will be closing out the bibliobus project.  We encourage you to watch this space for a new project related to providing access to the vast amount of information available on the internet.  

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May 28, 2013

Girls Soon to be Reading Wikipedia

I can read and now I can use the internet.
I can read and now I can use the internet.

First of all a big "muchas gracias" to all of you who have donated to promote reading among girls in Guatemala. To date we have raised a total of $17,590 with ONLY $410 to go before hitting our target.  Clearly, that doesn't mean that the work is done but our next big push is technology based resources. Now that so many girls are reading we will soon be increasing their access to educational content available through the internet.  The Spanish language videos from the Khan Academy and Wikipedia are just a few of the resources that will soon be available to girls and their moms.  Imagine the sense of freedom and confidence building that will come from having access to all of the information on the internet. You have helped to make this possible.  Thank you.

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