We are now in a critical period of expansion, 4 years after our Saber Sin Limites (Limitless Knowledge) Community Library opened its doors as the first and only public library in the indigenous town of Chajul, Guatemala. We have 1,500 library users, almost 4,000 titles, and 3 capable and dedicated local librarians who work to make reading fun and accessible for Chajul's children and their families. You can help us reach even more children and provide quality services to the whole community.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Due to a lack of literacy and education stemming from the country's civil war, many people in Chajul remain unable to advocate for themselves, access key resources, and obtain good jobs. Schools lack the most basic educational materials, while illiterate parents are unable to provide their children with any academic support. Most homes lack the space or light needed for children to learn. Currently, only 3% of Chajul's youth will graduate from high school, perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
How will this project solve this problem?
By offering a much needed learning environment, reading materials, and homework assistance to 1,500 Maya children, the library bridges the gaps in Chajul's education system. Our library also strives to effect change within the local school system through a new partnership with San Gaspar Middle School. With story hour, cultural story hour, reading club, and field days, our library acts as a powerful introduction to learning and literacy for the children of Chajul!
Potential Long Term Impact
Today's youth are tomorrow's leaders. Chajul needs well educated and civic-minded leaders to create solutions to the economic, health, education, and environmental challenges facing the community. LHI recognizes that youth need a supportive and resourceful community, and a culture that promotes education, to become these leaders. By expanding its resources and services, our community library is creating a culture of learning in Chajul and a generation that values literacy and education!
Total Funding Received to Date: $26,389
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $13,611
Total Funding Goal: $40,000