First Public Library in the Mayan County of Chajul

$715 $19,285
Raised Remaining


Limitless Horizons Ixil is founding the first public library in the impoverished and undereducated Maya Ixil community of Chajul, a county of 50,000 particularly hard-hit by the Guatemalan Civil War.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Most children in Chajul have never had their own book to read. A recent study revealed that a library is one of the community’s greatest needs. Teachers report that they have trouble teaching because critical reading and research skills are difficult to develop in their students, as there are no books or resources available outside of school. Students desperately need a place to complete their homework, as homes are dim, smoky, and overcrowded. This simple need has always seemed out of reach.

How will this project solve this problem?

Chajul’s first public library provides the community with an inviting, well-equipped space supported by a full-time librarian, where students and teachers can read, research, do homework, and plan lessons using the library’s books and resources.

Potential Long Term Impact

The library provides previously unavailable educational resources and opportunities to the 50,000-person county of Chajul, which if sustained, will lead to long-term improvements in educational quality and thus further opportunities for advancement.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $715

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 $715 .  The original project funding goal was $20,000.

Additional Documentation

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


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Project Leader

Jessica Sherman

Chajul, Quiché United States

Where is this project located?

Map of First Public Library in the Mayan County of Chajul