Few could miss the recent "One Billion Rising" movement against violence towards women and girls. Giving girls the chance to learn to read is only one step in this battle. With the ability to read comes the self-confidence necessary to understand that they need not submit to violence simply because they are female. What chance does an illiterate woman or girls have in a macho society?
We are so close to closing out this project so that we might start another one to include even more young girls and more training for our librarians on how to teach literacy to all age groups.
The photo included with this report is a photo of books that your donations have made possible being delivered to our library in San Juan La Laguna at Lake Átitlan. The box contains books requested by the library that are not available for purchase in Guatemala. They were shipped from the US and driven to the lake where they were loaded on a boat and then a tuk tuk for delivery to the library.
We thank you for your past support and hope that you will continue to help us forge ahead in building both reading skills and self-confidence in young girls in Guatemala.
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