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

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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Mar 13, 2012

Please Buy a Book for Marta on March 14th!

Marta in front of her house.
Marta in front of her house.

Marta is in the sixth grade.  She is 12 but is the size of an 8 year old due to malnutrition in her earlier years.  She lives in the village of San Andreas Osuna, Escuintla, Guatemala.  Marta's mother is blind due to having had a tumor removed. Several years ago Marta received nutritional support from a development organization and though Marta is small for her age she is now healthy as she still receives monthly donations of healthy food.  Marta also receives support from an American donor to cover her school expenses.  Recently, she very proudly displayed her workbooks from school along with various projects.  She also had two brand new textbooks, one in math and one in science, which were recently distributed across Guatemala by the government.  Marta was very excited that she actually had two books to read.   Plans are being discussed to build a library in Marta's village which would give her access to the books that she only dreams about now.  With your support soon we will be able expand our Girl Reader program to Marta and her friends in San Andres Osuna. Our goal is to have books in the hands of all of the women and girls in Guatemala one day very soon.  Thank you in advance for your help.  

The inside of Marta
The inside of Marta's house

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Feb 28, 2012

Rotary Club joins Project

Each child is weighed and measured each week.
Each child is weighed and measured each week.

Did you know that universal primary education is one of the Millienium Development Goals?  The goal is for every child to have at least a primary education.  Early childhood development including teaching sounds, vowels, shapes, numbers and creating a love for reading with story hours, all of which prepares children for success in school.  In addition, in our program the parents also learn valuable nutritional information.  Try to imagine what ignorance feels like.  What if you could not read?  How would you learn what was best for your children?  Many of the mums in our program are in that situation.  They simply do not know that their children need a balanced diet including protein to reach their potential.  

We have just launched a second year of our pilot program in the Chiche, Guatemala Riecken library.  Thanks go to the Reno Rotary Club (Nevada, USA) which has provided funding for a second year and because of their generosity we are able to double the number of sessions to meet the demand.  As mentioned in previous reports other organizations are getting involved.  The children are being weighed and measured and the parents are given a card to keep track of their child's progress.  While the families were initially reluctant now there is great demand for giving children the best possible start.  When this program is fully funded we plan to expand to other libraries.  You can help us to accomplish that goal.  We thank you in advance for your help.  

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