Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala

$18,000 $0
Raised Remaining


This project provides 440 girls a better education by building a love and habit for reading and computers at 11 community-managed libraries through educational activities and involving parents.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Guatemala has the highest illiteracy and school dropout rates in Central America, especially among indigenous women in rural villages. School is only 4 hours per day, with 40% of students not passing 1st grade. Our Girl Reader project focuses on educating rural indigenous girls because studies show that when you educate girls through 5th grade they will have healthier, smaller, better educated families. "Reading daily with my daughter taught me to be a better mother" -- Josefina Diaz

How will this project solve this problem?

We deliver a learning oasis of fun, educational story hours and book clubs, debate teams, computer training, community volunteer activities, book lending, and training for parents in 6 fundamental techniques for early childhood development.

Potential Long Term Impact

This project will ensure 440 girls and young teens are prepared to overcome social and economic challenges, with improved communication, reading, and critical thinking skills, enabling them to be better leaders in their families and communities.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $18,000

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $18,000 .  The original project funding goal was $18,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

William Cartwright

Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala

Where is this project located?

Map of Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala