From Books on Horseback to Books on Wheels

by The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.
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Riecken volunteer reads to kindergarten students
Riecken volunteer reads to kindergarten students

As we have a ways to go on funding this project books are still being delivered by horseback and four-wheel drive to our more remote locations in Honduras.  There has been a lot of bad news out of Honduras lately.  Some have called it the most dangerous country on the planet, perhaps a failed state.  All the better reason to increase efforts to give some hope to the many wonderful people who just happen to live there.  The kids pictured below are in kindergarten in the Chorti village of San Rafael.  Their books come from the Riecken library in Copan Ruinas.  Riecken volunteers do story hours for the children.  They talk about the stories and have the children do drawings about the stories and color them. With a fully stocked bibliobus we could take many more books to the children in this community.  We could offer them hope for a brighter future.  

Like children everywhere they love a story
Like children everywhere they love a story
Children are encouraged to illustrate the story
Children are encouraged to illustrate the story
Fierce concentration!
Fierce concentration!

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Books on Foot
Books on Foot

We would like to invite you to view our newly released video which contains footage of books being delivered by horseback and by foot to remote Chorti communities near Copan Ruinas, Honduras.  Just click on this link to see some of the people who will benefit by your donation.  With a fully equipped "bibliobus" or mobile library we could put smiles on so many more faces.  During the rainy season many rural communities in Honduras are only accessible by vehicles with four wheel drive thus these communities often go months without seeing new books.  Books we can find but we need your help to purchase the vehicle.  

First Books for the Community
First Books for the Community
Girls and Books
Girls and Books
Boys and Books
Boys and Books

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Mounted book deliveries
Mounted book deliveries

I recently participated in book deliveries in two, very rural indigenous (Chorti) communities in the Copan Ruinas region of Honduras.  In one case there is already in place a single bookcase containing no more than 100 books.  A community leader described this "bibliomovil" (mobile library) as the "soul of the community."  Books are delivered a few at a time by horseback to this community.  Books for all age groups are included and the books area also user to story hours conducted by Riecken Community Libraries volunteers in the local kindergarten.  With a 4-wheel drive vehicle equipped as a mobile library we could deliver more books to more communities reaching more eager readers. We have a long ways to go to achieve our funding goal.  Every little bit helps.  

The "soul" of the community, their library.
The "soul" of the community, their library.
Story hour with delivered books
Story hour with delivered books

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The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.

Location: Princeton, NJ - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.riecken.org
Project Leader:
William Cartwright
President
Emerald Hills, CA United States

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