As the end of summer creeps near, we want to stop for a moment and say thank you. Thank you for an incredibly successful summer. In the past two months you have helped us raise more than $60,000 - enough for us to expand to our fourth community this winter!
That's right, thanks to you, we're going to grow!
When school starts in January in Guatemala, we'll have hired an additional community facilitator and accepted fifteen new students to leverage literacy for social transformation in another town. Because of you, we'll start 2014 with 55 teens who will collectively reach more than 3,500 children.
Our founder and Executive Director, Linda Smith, has always believed that the deep network we continue to grow in one corner of Guatemala is only possible when we grow thoughtfully and strategically. That's exactly what we intend to do. We plan to expand the network we've already established so that more leaders, teenagers, children, teachers, and families can benefit from literacy.
At Reading Village, we focus on literacy becasue it is not only an end in itself but also the means to other, more transformative ends like economic self-sufficiency, good health, and political voice. This cycle of change starts with you. Your investment provides a foundation for our growth. Since 2007, Reading Village has worked with 56 teenagers who have collectively reached more than 3,000 children with innovative literacy promotion programs and this is just the beginning. Your investments over teh course of the past two months (not to mention the past six years) will help us expand to eventually reach thousands more children.
Thank you for making this growth possible. You've rocked our world, and together we can rock theirs.
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P.S. We still have a few spots to fill on our annual Learning Journey. Come with us to Guatemala from November 2-9 to see for yourself just how profound of an impact literacy is having in these communities. Visit our site to learn more about the trip and hurry to sign up before it's too late - http://readingvillage.org/literacy-programs/learning-journey/
We recently returned from an incredible visit to Guatemala where we witnessed the impact that your investment is having and where we were reminded of all the reasons why we are in this line of work.
It’s for the girls - and the boys - who are learning to read on the laps of our scholars. It’s for Victor’s little brother who dreams of being a reading promoter himself. It’s for Daniel, our Program Director, who drives four hours from the city to sit with our students and share their dreams. It’s for the families of our students who opened their homes and who trust our work with their children. It’s for the fathers who work harder in the fields so that their sons can go to school. It’s for the mothers who fed us, who nourish their children, every single day.
Over truck rides down bumpy roads, we met the parents, staff, and scholars who together are weaving a network of change across rural Guatemala. While we sit behind computers and make phone calls to funders, they get their hands dirty and work compassionately to create a better life for their families. Your investment makes their lives a little easier.
This spring, join us in celebrating the women of Guatemala. Over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, we invite you to curl up and get lost in some good reading.
The Women of Guatemala - A tribute to the incredible women who stand at the bottom of the social pyramid but still manage to hold everybody else up. Read >
Tourism with a Twist - When we took a day off to visit the coffee fields and weaving cooperatives across the lake, here is what we saw. Read >
Ten Gringos in Guatemala - A Learning Journey with Reading Village is chock full of exploration, complete with tortilla making, weaving, reading, and coffee. Read >
When the Words Start to Settle - Despite our best efforts, it’s really hard to convey the impact of our work until you see it for yourself. Here’s our best shot. Read >
Thank you to all of the women in our line of work, to each of you who has found the compassion to educate a child, to the mothers and brothers and sisters and husbands who have selflessly invested in the wellbeing of another.
On behalf of Reading Village, thank you.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: There are places on this planet that break our hearts open to the beauty and possibility of life. Guatemala is one of those places. It’s no wonder I’m so incredibly excited to be heading back down there.
That’s right, in just a few days I’ll be traveling to Guatemala with Reading Village staff and supporters for our semi-annual Learning Journey. From April 25th to May 2nd we’ll be visiting ancient Mayan ruins, meeting our scholars, touring the communities, and celebrating literacy with the children. It’s going to be a great way for Reading Village supporters new and old to see the impact their investments have had!
As the snow piles up here in Colorado, I can think of nothing more lovely than a warm adventure down south, and I want you to experience it with me! Here’s how:
Thanks for checking in! Stay tuned for regular updates from Guatemala starting next week!