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.
Oct 2, 2016

Libraries Inspire Hope for a Bright Future

For rural communities in Central America, opportunities to change the life one is born into are hard to find. But in Riecken Community Libraries, people of all ages find hope and opportunities, in places where both can sometimes be hard to find. Our libraries in Honduras and Guatemala help their communities play important roles on the bigger world stage.

For example, rural communities of the region have serious environmental problems to tackle: deforestation, forest fire, overly-aggressive agriculture, to name a few. Many Riecken Libraries give some focus to environmental issues and sustainability in their local programs.

At the library of Xolsacmalja, a vivero, or seedbed, and greenhouse has been built to produce plants needed in the area, that can help in reforestation. 

This kind of focus also provides positive influence on choices young people in the region make. One young woman of Xolsacmalja decided to study Forest Engineering after two years as a  library volunteer, during which she helped to build the seedbed and learning about the critical role of such projects to the planet. Becoming a professional in the field is now her dream. 

The Community libraries are betting that early childhood children can grow in a healthy environment, being home, school and community, the key areas where critical knowledge and values for life are acquired.
The libraries offer good infant feeding practices through reading, in coordination with health centers, responsible for the size /measurement of children and mothers as well as the diagnosis and findings in the growth of children. The interaction between mothers and parents with the child and community participation is essential.

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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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