Literacy improvement for at-risk children in Chaco



Fundación Leer will develop community capacity to build a Reading Corner, a free and attractive library full of new and culturally appropriate books in an isolated rural school that caters for 35 at-risk children in Quitilipi, Chaco, Argentina.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Regarding educational aspects, Chaco has always been one of the provinces in Argentina with high illiteracy levels and a high percentage of the population living below the poverty line. The children that attend this school travel every day 2 to 7 km by foot or horse. Families of these children are functionally illiterate, most of them unemployed or with temporary work. We need to break this poverty cycle by improving education and encouraging children to remain at school.

How will this project solve this problem?

A children´s library will be built at this rural school in Quitilipi, Chaco, Argentina, benefiting 35 at risk children and their families. These vulnerable families have poor access to health/educational services and literacy materials. Fundación Leer will train local teachers to effectively promote literacy among children. Also, 300 new children’s books will be bought and a Reading Corner assembled, bringing children closer to books and motivating them to read and stay at school.

Potential Long Term Impact

Children/Youth: enhance reading/writing/oral expression; read more for fun; succeed in school; value education for personal growth. Parents/Teachers: become good reading models; promote reading/literacy for children’s future; promote family reading.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $720

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 $720 .  The original project funding goal was $7,252.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Patricia Mejalelaty

Executive Director
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires Argentina

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Map of Literacy improvement for at-risk children in Chaco
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