The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.

We offer Central Americans hope and the opportunity to overcome poverty by promoting democracy and prosperity through community libraries that spark a spirit of discovery and foster citizen participation.
Aug 22, 2016

Riecken Community Libraries, a change for the girls

Our librarian girls change the children
Our librarian girls change the children's life

For rural communities in Central America, opportunities to change the life one is born into are hard to find. But for those who learn to read and enjoy a love of books. something powerful can happen, that takes them places never dreamed of.

At Riecken Community Libraries, our library users gain new skills and become linked to each other, to ideas and to opportunities – powerful tools for improving their communities and strengthening their participation in the bigger world.

Women and children are given opportunities to strengthen their leadership and information literacy skills in their communities. By having these doors of discovery opened, they are able to bring about positive change in their rural communities.

For over 20 years, Riecken Community Libraries have offered access to information, leadership development and a safe place to learn and grow in some of the most under-served communities of Guatemala and Honduras. These libraries help:

 

    •    Create lifelong readers

    •    Bridge the digital divide in Central America

    •    Support someone’s first hands-on computer experience

    •    Provide dynamic library programming and community

          outreach

Women using technology
Women using technology

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Jul 5, 2016

Riecken Libraries and the Spirit of Discovery

Children at library
Children at library

For rural communities in Central America, opportunities to change the life one is born into are hard to find. But for those who learn to read and enjoy a love of books. something powerful can happen, that takes them places never dreamed of.

This "Spirit of Discovery" encourages individuals to try new things, start new projects, discuss new topics, participate in a social life beyond their four walls. The reading programs of Riecken Community libraries create and strengthen the habit and joy of reading that can help unlock all of this human potential. 

Riecken Libraries promote reading in children and adults by making it fun and accessible. Librarians, volunteers, and parents are trained on how to read aloud and story time techniques. This training and the practice of reading aloud helps children develop a positive relationship with reading from an early age.

Each Riecken Community Library:

* Provides opportunities for its visitors to connect with others in their community and the world, with books, stories, and programs relevant to each community

* Supports early childhood development and literacy, honoring cultural traditions and language

* Provides resources for families and the community to discover the world "beyond four walls" of the library

Libraries empower girls using technology
Libraries empower girls using technology

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May 31, 2016

A new opportunity for women in Guatemala

Women from San Juan Chamelco (Alta Verapaz)
Women from San Juan Chamelco (Alta Verapaz)

In 2015 were four Centers for Human Development and Management implemented business community libraries: Kak Nojibal (Xolsacmaljá),  Source of Wisdom (San Carlos Sija), Open Windows to the Future (Chiché) y  Rija Tzuul Na Ooj  (San Juan la Laguna) where more than 150 women leaders were reached at community level. In December 2015 an analysis from the Index capacities of community libraries to display the fifth center was made, the process was developed with the group of woodcock and program officers of the Foundation, taking into account elements displayed a potential library were: Board of directors organized, ongoing projects, relationship with the municipal government and accountability in delivery of reports. As a result of evaluating two libraries they were pre-selected. In January 2016 a diagnostic visit was conducted to verify the selected criteria being the library strengthened the Gabriela Mistral Located in San Juan Chamelco the department of Alta Verapáz Cobán. From February 2016 the negotiations for the opening of the new center began. 

The project was carried out in the community with the participation of two women leaders representing two organizations swarm more than 500 women from different communities, 1 leading representative of the women's office of the local municipality, 2 women leaders representing the community library, and 1 representative educational sector and other members of the library board affirmed the need to implement actions that favor women

Municipal Corporation supports the implementation offering internet access, and accommodation of a space within the library also pledged to provide support for activities carried out in favor of women of different communities.

Group of Women in San Carlos Sija (Quetzaltenango)
Group of Women in San Carlos Sija (Quetzaltenango)
Women in action (Xolsacmalja, Totonicapan)
Women in action (Xolsacmalja, Totonicapan)

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