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 29, 2012

Reno Rotary Club Visits Pilot Project

Reno (NV) Rotarians with Alba Estrada
Reno (NV) Rotarians with Alba Estrada

During the month of April several Rotarians from the Reno Rotary Club visited our pilot early childhood development project in Quiche, Guatemala.  They also delivered a number of supplies for the program.  The small library was crammed with mothers and children.  Personnel from the local health center came to do a presentation on vegetables to the mothers while Alba Estrada, the director, read a story to the children involving vegetables.  Several children dressed as vegetables did a presentation for all present.  Alba asked the mothers to discuss what the program meant to them and one mother spoke very passionately about the difference in her daughter since they have been attending the early childhood development program.  She indicated that her daughter talked more and asked more questions and that she felt that she was a much better mother because of the things she had learned.  

While we have recently received a grant (see link below) from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen our network of libraries we need your help to continue and expand this program to our other libraries.  No donation is too small to be appreciated.  A few dollars is very useful in Central America.  Muchas gracias.  

Learning about vegetables from a story book
Learning about vegetables from a story book
Presenting vegetable benefits to the moms
Presenting vegetable benefits to the moms
Practicing new skills
Practicing new skills

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May 29, 2012

So Close to Our Goal - only $2,318 More!

Girls Attending a Book Fair in Patzun, Guatemala
Girls Attending a Book Fair in Patzun, Guatemala

We have raised $15,682 thus far with only $2,318 more needed in order to get more books into the hands of young Guatemalan girls.  Not only do they need books but, believe it or not, they someone to help them appreciate stories and all the information that books can offer.  Traditionally, in Guatemala, books mean studying rather than pleasure. With the story hours and book clubs that we offer young girls learn to enjoy books.  Quite obviously once they learn to enjoy books we are challenged to provide new books in order to satisfy their new found interest.  Recently we visited a town where the librarian had organized a school day totally focused on books with games and contests.  It was very rewarding to watch so many girls be so interested in the books.  Recently, we received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (see link below) to strengthen our network of libraries but we still need your help to fund special projects such as promoting reading to girls.  No donation is too small.  Muchas gracias.   

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May 29, 2012

Ten Maya Chorti Communities Need Bibliobus

This past weekend, May 19-20th 2012 over two hundred residents of Copan Ruinas, Honduras and ten surrounding rural communities came together to celebrate the culmination of a three-year project funded by the Finnish Consulate of Central America.  Thanks to this project there are now books in ten Chorti communities accessible only by horseback or four-wheel drive vehicles.  While we recently have received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen the existing network of libraries (see link) in order to continue to serve these communities we have a very real need for a mobile library "Bibliobus" which can reach these communities regardless of the weather and make new books and new programs available to these underserved Hondurans.  No donation is too small.  Please donate whatever you can.  Muchas gracias.  

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