Reading Promotion and Literacy

May 20, 2011

Villa Elisa Community Center: first stage of project implementation

Training day
Training day

Thanks to funding received, we have implemented the first stage of this project at the community center located in Villa Elisa, Chaco.

The direct beneficiaries of the program are the 60 children who attend the Villa Elisa community centre.

The indirect beneficiaries of this project include the institution’s staff which receives pedagogical training and technical assistance throughout the year and the community in general which will have access to the books through their use of the Reading Corner.

The following highlights the actions developed by Fundación Leer to help the institution during this first stage of work.  

  • Initial training for the beneficiary institution’s staff.
  • Selection of books.
  • Pedagogical training and technical assistance.
  • Distribution of helpful materials.
  • Publicizing the program throughout the community.
  • Construction of the Reading Corner.
  • Conducting of motivational reading activities.




The training day, coordinated by a specialist from Fundación Leer, took place on March 18th in the Conproso headquarters located in Resistencia. In attendance at the training day were the centre coordinator, one of the scholastic support teachers, the physical education teacher and two community developers.

The completion of the Initial Training Day marked the beginning of another process which has been developing until the present day and which will continue throughout the program’s duration: the permanent training, which allows for a continuous channel of communication between Fundación Leer and  the coordinators of each institution and allows for emerging situations to be tended to and resolved.   

During the training day the program materials were distributed:


  • A manual for the coordinators, which contains information on the program, guidelines and suggestions for working in each of the program’s stages.  
  • Activity workbooks for using in the training days dealing with the theme of reading promotion.
  • Publishing house catalogues and order forms for selecting books.


Next Steps  

The next steps will be:

  • The Inauguration of the Reading Corner.
  • The use of the space and the organization of various motivational reading activities.
  • Participation in the Ninth National Reading Marathon.


“This program is excellent; I love the idea of being able to have reading material that suits the children’s interests, as well as being able to integrate more into the community. We are all very grateful and motivated to work towards improving the children’s quality of life” - Community center referral.

Community referrals receiving training
Community referrals receiving training
Jan 27, 2011

Beyond Books: How Literacy Can Change A Community

Fundacion Leer Staff
Fundacion Leer Staff

Clarissa is a GlobalGiving In-the-Field Volunteer. She is visiting GlobalGiving's projects in South America and writing postcards to donors to let them know how their donations are having an impact. Read other postcards from the field here:

Imagine a community plagued by poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. A town dotted with makeshift homes, and weighed down by a lack of hope for a better future. Now imagine if something as simple as new books can help transform this bleak picture. These are the circumstances in Chaco province, as well as city suburbs and rural towns throughout Argentina, but Fundacion Leer’s work is proof that reading is a crucial in affecting change.

Through the promotion of literacy, Fundacion Leer establishes access points to quality education, affording new opportunities for at risk children and their families. Each year Fundacion Leer facilitates over 500 projects in communities throughout Argentina, including their National Reading Marathon, e-learning portals, and training programs to ensure the ongoing promotion of literacy on a local level. The organization’s cornerstone, however, is the creation of reading corners (Rincones de Lectura) in schools, community centers, hospitals, and orphanages. The reading corners function as personalized libraries that offer a tranquil and innovative space for children to learn, grow, and dream. Despite attending school, often these spaces are children’s only access to reading materials. I had the opportunity to meet with Merecedes Méndez Ribas of Fundacion Leer to learn more about their current GlobalGiving project in Chaco province and why funding for a reading corner in t his community will have an impact beyond books.

Due to poor roads and limited means of transportation, I was unable to see the Chaco community firsthand, but the images Mercedes and her team shared with me painted an alarming picture. Looking at the flimsy homes and crumbling walls, I was not surprised to learn that most of the residents live in extreme poverty, lack stable jobs, and only about 10 percent are literate – a stark contrast to the over 90 percent literacy rates in Argentina’s major cities. Amid the debilitated structures, however, is a community center which will house Fundacion Leer’s reading corner. Mercedes explained that in areas like Chaco, schools and other institutions play an integral role in the community. They often double as clinics and sources for food, water, and electricity. As a result, improvements within these structures affect both the children they are intended for and the families who have come to rely on them.

In Chaco, for instance, the community center already aids in bringing together local families and leaders, and offers a safe haven for children. As a result, the creation of a library will not only help strengthen these crucial ties, but also cultivate a love of reading, foster dreams beyond the shantytown, and instill a sense of pride within the community. Fundacion Leer is also working closely with community leaders to assist in the preservation and resurgence of the local language, Qom. Consequently, several books that explain the history and importance of Qom will be supplied.

By the numbers, funding will provide 70 at risk kids with a space filled with 300 books to call their own, and will include training for 13 teachers and community leaders to ensure the ongoing promotion of literacy. But, these are just the numbers, and while important, it should be clear by now that it’s not just about these initial 70 kids. It’s also about the kids to follow who will see reading as a norm; and, about the parent who will have the opportunity to read their child a bedtime story for the first time. It’s about a long-term investment in the children of Chaco, their families, and the community as a whole!

There’s still a lot of work left to be done and funds to be raised. Go to to find out how your donation can make a difference!

Dec 17, 2010

Let´s help Argentine children!

We are still hoping to raise enough money to build a reading corner at the community center in Chaco province, Argentina. Chaco province has one of the lowest levels of education in the country and many of it's residents live in extreme poverty.

We have been lucky enough to receive some funding so far but we are still short of our target. Our aim is to benefit 70 children and their families by providing them with a reading corner, furnished with more than 450 children’s books.

The key skills gained from the reading corner will generate a lasting and positive impact on the personal development of these children and help them break free from the poverty cycle.

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Please help Fundaciòn Leer to provide children at Elisa in Chaco with a better start in life. Donate Now!

Sep 2, 2010

Children in Elisa, Chaco, still need your help!

children listening to a story
children listening to a story

We are still aiming to raise funds to build a Reading Corner with more than 450 children´s books at the community center located in Chaco province, Argentina.

The project will benefit 70 at risk children and their families and 13 teachers and community leaders will be trained.

The children and their families live in extreme poverty in a region with the lowest education levels of the country.

We have received some funding from our donors but we still need more to fully fund and implement the project: please help children at Elisa in Chaco!

Let´s give them a chance to break the poverty cycle! Donate Now!


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Project Leader

Patricia Mejalelaty

Executive Director
CABA, Buenos Aires Argentina

Where is this project located?

Map of Reading Promotion and Literacy