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.
May 28, 2013

Technology to Replace the Horses

Khan Academy and more coming soon to Tatumbla
Khan Academy and more coming soon to Tatumbla

A big "muchas gracias" to those of you who have donated to this project thus far.  As we have recently received funding for technology based resources and some of that technology can be used in remote regions where there is neither electricity nor computers we are shifting our focus from the "bibliobus."  We are looking to replace those horses with internet connectivity, computers and both on and offline education resources and also to increase our collaboration with local schools. Our first pilot project community will be Tatumbla, outside of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

As a result we will be closing out the bibliobus project.  We encourage you to watch this space for a new project related to providing access to the vast amount of information available on the internet.  

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May 28, 2013

Girls Soon to be Reading Wikipedia

I can read and now I can use the internet.
I can read and now I can use the internet.

First of all a big "muchas gracias" to all of you who have donated to promote reading among girls in Guatemala. To date we have raised a total of $17,590 with ONLY $410 to go before hitting our target.  Clearly, that doesn't mean that the work is done but our next big push is technology based resources. Now that so many girls are reading we will soon be increasing their access to educational content available through the internet.  The Spanish language videos from the Khan Academy and Wikipedia are just a few of the resources that will soon be available to girls and their moms.  Imagine the sense of freedom and confidence building that will come from having access to all of the information on the internet. You have helped to make this possible.  Thank you.

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Feb 25, 2013

More Rotarians Coming to Visit Project

Alba & new supplies purchased with your donations
Alba & new supplies purchased with your donations

In early March a team of Rotarians from California will be visiting the pilot early childhood development project. The hope is to develop a large Rotary grant which will provide training for librarians in 64 Riecken Community Libraries  in both Guatemala and Honduras.  This is very exciting as it could provide real change in Central America by providing early literacy stimulation and nutritional information to, perhaps, thousands of toddlers giving them a much better chance to succeed as students.  

A donor has provided the 2013 salary for the project director, Alba Estrada, but there are ongoing expenses to purchase new and replacement materials.  In addition, the project provides healthy snacks (along with the nutritional information) four times a week.  A recent presentation on the health benefits of vegetables was accompanied by a cucumber and tomato snack.

The hoped for Rotary grant will provide early childhood development training throughout the network of libraries.  We continue to need your support to purchase the necessary educational materials.  We thank you for your support thus far and hope that you will continue to follow our progress with the littlest and often neediest kids in rural Central America.

Saludos, 

 
   

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