Empowering Guatemalan Youth to Promote Literacy

by Reading Village
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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,

Juan Carlos shares his truth
Juan Carlos shares his truth

Juan Carlos is not the most articulate of our newest teen reading promoters. He lives in the shadow of his domineering father and his Spanish skills are a bit weak. But I love this kid because what he lacks in eloquence he makes up for with spirit and determination.

Last week as our Learning Journey group ended their time with the teens in a teary and heartfelt closing circle, Juan Carlos's words hit me hard. He bravely shared, "If it weren't for Reading Village, I would not be here. I would be in the field carrying heavy loads of vegetables." And that's the truth. His family would not be able to afford to send him to public school (which in Guatemala is not free), and he would be trapped in the cycle of poverty that many never escape.

Juan Carlos was not accepted into our program on his first try. But that did not stop him. And now, despite his difficulties expressing himself, he is nearly always the first to offer an opinion or answer a question during the teens' training sessions.

And each week he grows more and more accomplished at engaging small children in stories. Through our program Juan Carlos is not only discovering a new future for himself but making this possible for the children he reads to.

Keep teens like Juan Carlos in school with a donation today.

Thank you for your partnership in this important work,

Juan Carlos reading to children in his community
Juan Carlos reading to children in his community

Links:

Sharing a good story
Sharing a good story

Don't forget! Wednesday the 15th is Bonus Day.

Donations made on that day only will be matched 30%

That means a donation of $50 (10 books) becomes $65 (13 books).

As always, your support is greatly appreciated.

 

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Reading Village

Location: Boulder, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.readingvillage.org
Project Leader:
Linda Smith
Boulder, CO United States
$244,500 raised of $350,000 goal
 
1,552 donations
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