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.
Nov 30, 2011

Meet Francis, one of our readers.

Francis, one of our young readers, doing homework
Francis, one of our young readers, doing homework

Francis Jaqueline Martinez lives in a remote Chorti village which is a 20-minute ride by four-wheeled drive vehicle from Copán Ruinas, Honduras. When photographed Francis was finishing up her 7th grade science homework next to the family's adobe kitchen.  A generation ago Francis would not have been in school, rather she would have been collecting firewood and hauling water with her mother. Francis's father is the leader of this community of about 250 and very appreciative of the tiny "bibliomovile" provided by the Riecken Library in Copán Ruinas, called by another resident, "the soul of our community."

We would like to see more books in the little library in Francis' village of San Rafael and we like to have the resources to encourage her to make the trek down the hill to continue her education and utilize the resources of the much bigger library in Copán Ruinas.

With your help Francis can become a community leader like her father and she too will see that her children are educated as well.  You can also help to ensure that the younger members of Francis's community will also turn into readers.  Riecken is currently providing story hours in the village kindergarten.


The "soul" of Francis
The "soul" of Francis's village.
Another new reader in kindergarten
Another new reader in kindergarten

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Nov 29, 2011

First Ever Delivery of Books

Books on Foot
Books on Foot

We would like to invite you to view our newly released video which contains footage of books being delivered by horseback and by foot to remote Chorti communities near Copan Ruinas, Honduras.  Just click on this link to see some of the people who will benefit by your donation.  With a fully equipped "bibliobus" or mobile library we could put smiles on so many more faces.  During the rainy season many rural communities in Honduras are only accessible by vehicles with four wheel drive thus these communities often go months without seeing new books.  Books we can find but we need your help to purchase the vehicle.  

First Books for the Community
First Books for the Community
Girls and Books
Girls and Books
Boys and Books
Boys and Books

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Nov 28, 2011

Watch Alba Talk about Her Work

Family Learning
Family Learning

Alba Estrada is the library director in Chiche, Guatemala.  It is Alba who each week is running the pilot program for early childhood development and nutrition.  With your help we can extend this program to many more of our 64 libraries in Central America.  Please click on this link to watch Alba talk about her work with mothers and children in her community.  Mothers who are unable to read are learning along with their children.  They are learning that children need to have proper nutrition in order to learn.  The word is spreading and each week more mothers (and even one father) are showing up to learn with their children.  A nearby university student is coming to weigh the children.  Each parent is given a card with which to chart their childrens' progress.  

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