Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala

by The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.
Nov 30, 2011

Meet Francis, one of our readers.

Francis, one of our young readers, doing homework
Francis, one of our young readers, doing homework

Francis Jaqueline Martinez lives in a remote Chorti village which is a 20-minute ride by four-wheeled drive vehicle from Copán Ruinas, Honduras. When photographed Francis was finishing up her 7th grade science homework next to the family's adobe kitchen.  A generation ago Francis would not have been in school, rather she would have been collecting firewood and hauling water with her mother. Francis's father is the leader of this community of about 250 and very appreciative of the tiny "bibliomovile" provided by the Riecken Library in Copán Ruinas, called by another resident, "the soul of our community."

We would like to see more books in the little library in Francis' village of San Rafael and we like to have the resources to encourage her to make the trek down the hill to continue her education and utilize the resources of the much bigger library in Copán Ruinas.

With your help Francis can become a community leader like her father and she too will see that her children are educated as well.  You can also help to ensure that the younger members of Francis's community will also turn into readers.  Riecken is currently providing story hours in the village kindergarten.

The "soul" of Francis
The "soul" of Francis's village.
Another new reader in kindergarten
Another new reader in kindergarten



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The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.

Location: Princeton, NJ - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
William Cartwright
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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