Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala

by The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.
Mar 13, 2012

Please Buy a Book for Marta on March 14th!

Marta in front of her house.
Marta in front of her house.

Marta is in the sixth grade.  She is 12 but is the size of an 8 year old due to malnutrition in her earlier years.  She lives in the village of San Andreas Osuna, Escuintla, Guatemala.  Marta's mother is blind due to having had a tumor removed. Several years ago Marta received nutritional support from a development organization and though Marta is small for her age she is now healthy as she still receives monthly donations of healthy food.  Marta also receives support from an American donor to cover her school expenses.  Recently, she very proudly displayed her workbooks from school along with various projects.  She also had two brand new textbooks, one in math and one in science, which were recently distributed across Guatemala by the government.  Marta was very excited that she actually had two books to read.   Plans are being discussed to build a library in Marta's village which would give her access to the books that she only dreams about now.  With your support soon we will be able expand our Girl Reader program to Marta and her friends in San Andres Osuna. Our goal is to have books in the hands of all of the women and girls in Guatemala one day very soon.  Thank you in advance for your help.  

The inside of Marta
The inside of Marta's house


  • Kay
    Kay Thank you so much for making it possible for girls like Marta to be have books to read. I once was reading in a restaurant and the waiter said to me, "You North Americans are always reading!" with a wistful look. I made some remark that was meant to make him feel good. His next remark was,That's why you know... Read more »
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The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.

Location: Princeton, NJ - USA
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William Cartwright
Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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