Empowering Guatemalan Youth to Promote Literacy

by Reading Village
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The next Reading Village Learning Journey to Guatemala is scheduled for March 11-17, 2012. This is going to be a trip packed with memorable experiences, including a visit to the colonial city of Antigua, a walk through ancient Mayan ruins, a boat ride across stunning Lake Atitlan to visit a local coffee cooperative, and shopping for beautiful handicrafts. Most importantly, we will learn and work side-by-side with our teen reading promoters and the kids in the villages, and spend time in the homes of local families!

Over the years, we have learned that these 10-person trips to Guatemala are about much more than service, cultural exchange, and sightseeing. Our participants consistently tell us that their experience in Guatemala reshaped their lens on life and illuminated new directions after they returned home. So, whether you are looking for an escape from the cold weather, a superb travel experience, or something more, we are confident that this next Learning Journey has something to offer.

Please join us and consider inviting a friend or family member to accompany you. Our participants range in age from teen (accompanied by parent) to 75+ years old. No Spanish necessary. We currently have five open spaces left on the trip so do not delay. Finally, this is likely to be the only Reading Village Learning Journey in 2012 unless we are able to squeeze one in during early December.

Click the following links for a short video and detailed information. Contact Larry Dressler, our beloved Learning Journey Sherpa, with any questions at 303-506-3127.

Dont't miss out! Make your reservation today while openings are still available,

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Thank you for helping us reach our goal on the 19th! Follow the link below to see if you are the lucky winner of an Amazon Kindle Fire.

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Today only and
donations made on our GobalGiving site only

Donations will be matched 30% and 
you could win a brand new Kindle Fire
(Amazon's cool new iPad competition - web, movies, apps, games, reading, color!)

We've just selected 10 new teen reading promoters for next year. 
Help fund their scholarships and we all win:
1. Everyone who donates $100 to Reading Village on our GlobalGiving page today will be 
entered into a drawing for a brand new Kindle Fire. Donations of $150 earn two entries, 
donations of $200 earn three entries, etc.
2. All donations (up to $1,000) will be matched 30%. So a donation of $50 becomes $65! 
Donations of every size are significant.
Time runs out at midnight Eastern Time.
Don't miss this final matching opportunity of the year.

Thank you for your support,

 

Donate on our GlobalGiving site October 19
And you could win a brand new Kindle Fire.
(Amazon's cool new iPad competition - web, movies, apps, games, reading, color)
Plus, your donation will be matched 30%.

We've just selected 10 new teen reading promoters for next year. 
Help fund their scholarships and we all win:
1. Everyone who donates $100 to Reading Village on our GlobalGiving page on Oct 19 will be 
entered into a drawing for a brand new Kindle Fire. Donations of $150 earn two entries, 
donations of $200 earn three entries, etc.
2. All donations (up to $1,000) will be matched 30%. So a donation of $50 becomes $65! 
Donations of every size are significant.
Click here to see a short video of me speaking from the day care center in Concepcion. 
I guarantee you'll smile when you see how excited these little ones get when I ask if they'd like 
to hear a story.

This is the last matching opportunity of the year. Please mark your calendar, and thank 
you for your continued support!

Links:

Story hour with Rosmery
Story hour with Rosmery

I just received some good news from the community of Concepción. Our reading aloud to children is having an important effect that will help them stay in school. 

In rural Mayan communities, half of the children fail the first grade and about 75% drop out altogether before completing the sixth grade. (That's not the good news.)

One contributing factor is that these Kaqchikel-speaking children often enter the school system speaking little or no Spanish.

Our reading promoters read aloud to children in Spanish and translate  into Kaqchikel to develop vocabulary and aid the children's comprehension.

Here's the good news: Rosmery, one of our third-year promoters, just shared with me that the children who attend her reading activities have told her they no longer need the translating. They understand the Spanish.

This is just what we wanted to see! Children grounded in their native language with literacy in Spanish.

Together we are transforming children's lives…and it costs very little. 

A donation of $20 pays for a child to attend story hour three times a week for a year and provides storybooks to read on his or her own. 

Give the gift of literacy to one or more children today,

 

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