New books and children's library in Chicoana-Salta



Fundacion Leer will develop community capacity to build one Reading Corner, free and attractive libraries full of new and culturally appropriate books for 100 at-risk children and their families.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Salta is a province with high levels of poverty. It is the third province with the highest percentage of population living in households with unsatisfied basic needs (31.6% vs. a national average of 17.7% and 27.8% Regional, 2001). In turn, the gross geographic product in Salta for 2008 ($ 3,136) is below the national average ($ 6,800). Moreover, the income gap, which increased from 11.2% in 1995 to 25.9% in 2002, registering a significant increase (131%).

How will this project solve this problem?

A children's library will be built at this rural school in Chicoana, Salta, Argentina, benefiting 100 at risk children and their families. These vulnerable families have poor access to health/educational services and literacy materials. Fundacion Leer will train 5 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: $1,785
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $7,180
Total Funding Goal: $8,965


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Project Leader

Patricia Mejalelaty

Executive Director
Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

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