First Public Library in the Mayan County of Chajul

 
$715
$19,285
Raised
Remaining

First Public Library in the Mayan County of Chajul

First Public Library in the Mayan County of Chajul
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Elementary school girls working on their homework

Elementary school girls working on their homework
The library provides a particular respite for Chajul's girls, who are typically expected to help their mothers with all of the household tasks – cooking over the open fire, handwashing clothes, taking care of small children, weaving the family's clothes, and cleaning, as well as carrying firewood and sometimes helping in the fields. (view small | med | large | orig)

LHI students and volunteers preparing the library

LHI students and volunteers preparing the library
Chajul's students, LHI staff, and international volunteers worked together to open Chajul's first public library. (view small | med | large | orig)

Students hard at work

Students hard at work
Chajul's students working on their homework in the new public library. (view small | med | large | orig)

Young boys carrying firewood in Chajul

Young boys carrying firewood in Chajul
Both boys and girls starting as young as age 4 walk up to 2 hours each way to bring home firewood for their families' open fires. (view small | med | large | orig)

Students show off new library books

Students show off new library books
Chajul's students of all ages are excited about the new resources the library provides and have been helping the librarian organize and prepare books. (view small | med | large | orig)

Antonio Jeremias Caba López enjoying the library

Antonio Jeremias Caba López enjoying the library
Students are enjoying the opportunity to take advantage of this quiet, well-lit place to study and do their homework. (view small | med | large | orig)

Librarian Raquel explains the library to a teacher

Librarian Raquel explains the library to a teacher
Raquel explains the library's function and rules to one of Chajul's middle school teachers during the library's inauguration. (view small | med | large | orig)

LHI student Rosa Micaela Sánchez & her siblings

LHI student Rosa Micaela Sánchez & her siblings
Families in Chajul are very large and often live in traditional one-room adobe houses with big open fires in the center of their dirt floors. (view small | med | large | orig)

Librarian Raquel helps a student with his homework

Librarian Raquel helps a student with his homework
Raquel supports students with their assignments by helping them find and understand the information they need. (view small | med | large | orig)

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Organization

Project Leader

Jessica Sherman

Chajul, Quiché United States

Where is this project located?

Map of First Public Library in the Mayan County of Chajul