Creating Girl Readers in Guatemala

by The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.
Aug 15, 2012

Good News! The Books are Wearing Out.

New books, Science, Debate, Links and more
New books, Science, Debate, Links and more

Today we had a group of visitors cross Lake Atitlan in Guatemala by boat to visit our San Juan La Laguna Library. This library recently requested new books as so many of their books were very, very worn.  This library has a very high percentage of girl readers.  Funds were raised from the Rotary Club of Reno and by the library itself by showing movies in the evening and asking attendees to pay for popcorn to buy new books for everyone including the girls.  

Your donations also go towards buying new books particularly oriented towards young girl readers. Community volunteers engage the girls with story hours then help the girls read until they are reading on their own.  As you might guess reading is power in a country where women and girls have been disenfranchised for decades.  Included with the report are a couple of photos of the recent arrival of new books at this library.  You might want to also listen to the interview done in 2007 with Allen Andersson, who with his wife Susan Riecken, founded the Riecken Community Library network.   Muchas gracias (Thank you) for your help.  

Girls listening to story hour.
Girls listening to story hour.



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The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.

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

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