We’re half way through the month of December, and more than half way towards our goal of raising $30,000 in 30 days! In the past two weeks, individuals from around the world have generously stepped up to give the gift of education. Because of them, students like Rosmery have the chance to chase their dreams: Like many young women in Guatemala, Rosmery came from a family that did not value girls' education. In spite of this, she was determined to not only finish her own schooling, but to become a teacher so she could educate other children and “show that a girl could be something in this world.” In her first year in the program, tragedy struck and Rosmery’s mother died. Rosmery could have been married off or sent to live with relatives so there would be fewer mouths to feed, and she certainly would not have been able to afford the basic costs of going to school. Instead, Reading Village supporters stepped up and provided a scholarship and leadership training that helped Rosmery graduate from high school and achieve her dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher. Consider this your invitation. Please join our 30x30 campaign and stand beside hundreds of individuals from around the world who believe that Rosmery and her peers should have the chance to fulfill their potential.
In the communities where we work only one in ten children reaches high school. It’s more common for a child like Victor to be malnourished, to be married before the age of eighteen, or to be the victim of domestic violence than it is for him/her to graduate from high school.
With your help we will change that number. Reading Village scholars are reaching Victor and his peers - kids whose parents are illiterate and who don’t have access to books at home - with literacy development activities. They’re building creative and critical thinking skills and Spanish-language fluency so that these kids have the skills they need to finish their educations. Meanwhile, our scholars are graduating from high school unlike so many of their classmates. They are earning higher incomes from their professional jobs, and leading their communities in grassroots development projects like opening public libraries where Victor and his friends learn to read. Together, one generation of leaders is creating another generation of readers.
It’s simple: the cycle of poverty is broken when youth have access to education. Don’t let Victor be a statistic.
Mark your calendars for the Global Giving match day on June 25th. All donations made promptly at 9am (pacific standard time) will be matched 100%. This means that you can double your donation to end illiteracy for one hour only. Don’t miss our matching moment!
Thank you for your partnership in this work.
Spring has sprung. And so has Reading Village! Since our meager beginning with just 6 promoters in 2009, you have helped us reach 75 scholars and more than 10,000 young children. Last year alone two groups of our scholars opened the very first public libraries in their rural Guatemalan villages, and your investments brought innovative literacy activities to 3,000 young children. This is the foundation from which we launched into our fourth community in 2014 and the foundation from which we will continue to grow and deepen our impact in the coming months.
One of the most exciting aspects of our growth is a pilot partnership with Austurias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Two of our graduates are participating as teaching fellows at this innovative school. They are attending university, learning -- on the job -- the teaching methodology of the school as well as how the school runs. The idea being that at the end of three years they will be able to return to their community and open a school, bringing to their village high quality education that values and empowers young Mayans.
Next week I'm headed down to Guatemala with staff, board members, and Reading Village supporters to catch up with our scholars past and present. During the Learning Journey we'll be sure to send tons of fresh stories and photos your way. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to catch all the action.
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