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

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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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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