I'm in Guatemala with our Learning Journey group. They just spent three full
days in Concepción getting to know this indigenous Maya community, their
culture, traditions and history as well as our reading promoters, their families
and homes -- connecting at a very personal and heartfelt level. Promoters
and visitors alike were sad to see it end. (See link below for photos.)
I had the opportunity this morning to chat with Julio César, one of our
second-year reading promoters. He shared with me that he had been
planning on studying music until he began reading to the children in
Concepción through our Leaders and Readers program. The joy and
satisfaction this work gives him convinced him that he should become a
teacher, and he changed his course of study.
Yesterday Julio's best friend Carlos, a first-year promoter, told him he was
confused about what he wanted to study. He'd always thought he'd become
a mechanic, but comments from various of the visitors on theLearning
Journey made him think he should consider being a teacher. (I have to say,
Carlos is amazingly talented at bringing stories to life for the children!)
Then Julio said, "You know the phrase on the Reading Village logo,
Transforming Lives through Literacy? It really is true. My life has changed
because of Reading Village and now Carlos's life is being impacted as well."
All of our teens have grown tremendously in ability, self-confidence and self-
awareness. Watch Maribel's face light up with pride in a two-minute video (link below)
as she talks about the success she is enjoying as a reading promoter.
Thank you for all you do to bring the joy of reading to children,
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