This program, which began in June of this year, is carried out weekly every Thursday at 3PM for over an hour and a half. Approximately 15-20 mothers are now participating in each session (up from 4-5). One father is participating, which is considered an achievement in the context of Guatemala’s highly chauvinistic society. Participating children are between the age of 8 months to 5 years old. One child, 11 years old with special needs, has begun participating with his mother; another learned lesson for the library. Each session includes a small educational talk on one or more of the pre-literacy techniques, plus activities, games, even songs, and now hands-on preparation of nutritional, appropriate, affordable foods. In order to develop the nutritional component of the program, Riecken staff has researched multiple sources and is receiving hands-on training from the Institute for Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP). One of the biggest challenges for this library is one of space as other would be users have to be asked to come at another time. Conversations are being had with US Rotary Clubs and institutions to find funding for a second floor for this library.
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