Early Childhood Literacy & Nutrition in Guatemala

by The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.
May 29, 2012

Reno Rotary Club Visits Pilot Project

Reno (NV) Rotarians with Alba Estrada
Reno (NV) Rotarians with Alba Estrada

During the month of April several Rotarians from the Reno Rotary Club visited our pilot early childhood development project in Quiche, Guatemala.  They also delivered a number of supplies for the program.  The small library was crammed with mothers and children.  Personnel from the local health center came to do a presentation on vegetables to the mothers while Alba Estrada, the director, read a story to the children involving vegetables.  Several children dressed as vegetables did a presentation for all present.  Alba asked the mothers to discuss what the program meant to them and one mother spoke very passionately about the difference in her daughter since they have been attending the early childhood development program.  She indicated that her daughter talked more and asked more questions and that she felt that she was a much better mother because of the things she had learned.  

While we have recently received a grant (see link below) from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to strengthen our network of libraries we need your help to continue and expand this program to our other libraries.  No donation is too small to be appreciated.  A few dollars is very useful in Central America.  Muchas gracias.  

Learning about vegetables from a story book
Learning about vegetables from a story book
Presenting vegetable benefits to the moms
Presenting vegetable benefits to the moms
Practicing new skills
Practicing new skills



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The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.

Location: Princeton, NJ - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.riecken.org
Project Leader:
William Cartwright
Miami Springs, Florida United States

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