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.
Nov 24, 2015

Reader Girls, Empowered Woman of the future

E-Girl in a Reading Club
E-Girl in a Reading Club

Over half of Guatemalan population is rural, indigenous, lives in poverty, and is disproportionately young. Guatemala has the highest illiteracy and school dropout rates in Central America, with rural areas disproportionately affected. It is estimated that more than 30 percent of the people above the age 15 cannot read or write. In Guatemala, young people represent 39% of total population; rural women of Guatemala are synonyms of social exclusion; despite the significant increase in educational coverage at the primary level, 59 of each 100 girls go to the primary school.

Riecken Community Libraries want to support reverse this situation through Reading for Pleasure and improving young people organization. Riecken Community Libraries offer a safe and comfortable space for girls and teenagers of nearby villages known their rights and strengthen their social abilities.Reading Club using kindles or printed books, Projection activities, Technology access, Creative writing, Entrepreneurship training… a lot of options for girls of rural areas to building their future.

When girls in rural communities strengthen their Reading habits, leadership skills and abilities, and are provided participation to promote the women and children rights at the community level, there will be an increase in positive community development and improvement of quality of life in the communities. When girls learn to self-organize and work in a coordinated manner, they increase their community standing. Right’s Promotion activities that they generate will likely be more sustainable and have greater impact; and Reading and Technology will be our toolkits to do that.

Girls in a reading Club in Guatemala
Girls in a reading Club in Guatemala

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Sep 25, 2015

Riecken Libraries of Guatemala are a space for all

Ananias at Library
Ananias at Library

“I learned about colors at library”.

Riecken Community Libraries of Guatemala are a space for all.

It’s not easy to know the number of people with disabilities in Guatemala; Official data are not very accurate or current and social silence increases invisibility of this reality. According to World Health Organization (WHO), 10% of the population of the world lives with some form of physical, sensory, intellectual or mental disabilities; 2002 Population Census of Guatemala estimate is 6.2% in Guatemala. Rights of people with disabilities could be violated with several ways; lack of access to information, to free movement, to basic services such as health, education and rehabilitation, denial of opportunities of job training, employment and economic participation, social and political, even situations of abuse-physical, psychological, sexual, threats to its integrity and his life. According to UNESCO, 90% of children with disabilities don’t go to the school.

Riecken Community Libraries want to support reverse this situation. Riecken community libraries contribute to finding a solution to the social exclusion in rural communities of Guatemala.

People with disability are excluded in the community of La Libertad (Morales, Guatemala); a cause of their disability, they didn’t learn to read. One of them is a person with a mental disability and his greatest wish is to learn the colors, but also he wants to learn to read and write. Riecken Community Library of La Libertad offers a safe and comfortable space in which both are taking their first steps in learning to read, using the library computers.

Vinicio likes animals book
Vinicio likes animals book

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Aug 14, 2015

Women's Leadership Program in Guatemala

Artisans Women at Library
Artisans Women at Library

Partners in Women’s Leadership Program in Guatemala

The Riecken proposal is based on the idea that when women in rural communities strengthen their leadership skills and abilities, and are provided participation and entrepreneurship opportunities at the community level, there will be an increase in positive community development and improvement of quality of life in the communities.  Business projects that they generate will likely be more sustainable and have greater impact, both at the level of income-generation (business centers) and health (early stimulation and nutrition, etc.). BFB and Riecken Libraries support social entrepreneurs’ local initiatives (income generation, health promotion, literacy, advocacy, etc.) that promote the human, organizational, and social capabilities of rural women of Guatemala.

For combat the women social exclusion, Community Library K'ak' No'jib'al in Xolsacmaljá improve a Management Bussines Service to develop environmental projects focused on soil conservation and agricultura (organic compost and greenhouse) improving the self-employment of women in this community. Xolsacmaljá is a little village of Totonicapán (Guatemala), with an average of 1,500 of population. Most of the population (86%) talk in Kiche language and Spanish; it exists an average of 6 persons per family. Local economy is based in traditional crafts and agriculture. In Xolsacmaljá, 7 out of 10 people are poor: 73.29% population lives in poverty conditions, and of these, approximately 20.99 % in extreme poverty.  Community Library K'ak' No'jib'al serve approximately 858 highly engaged monthly, being more than 90% Kich’e Mayan People.

Business Center offers: # of users: 25 women trained directly and 53 women trained by Women of Business center (Mentoring)

Beneficiary’s profile: Local trade associations, Farmers Organic Producers

Type of activities: Consulting, training workshops, tracking orders, visits, participation in national and international handicraft fairs.

 

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