Empowering Guatemalan Youth to Promote Literacy

by Reading Village
Jul 12, 2010

Transforming Lives

I'm in Guatemala with our Learning Journey group. They just spent three full  days in Concepción getting to know this indigenous Maya community, their culture, traditions and history as well as our reading promoters, their families and homes -- connecting at a very personal and heartfelt level. Promoters  and visitors alike were sad to see it end. (See link below for photos.)

I had the opportunity this morning to chat with Julio César, one of our  second-year reading promoters. He shared with me that he had been  planning on studying music until he began reading to the children in  Concepción through our Leaders and Readers program. The joy and  satisfaction this work gives him convinced him that he should become a  teacher, and he changed his course of study. 

Yesterday Julio's best friend Carlos, a first-year promoter, told him he was  confused about what he wanted to study. He'd always thought he'd become  a mechanic, but comments from various of the visitors on theLearning  Journey made him think he should consider being a teacher. (I have to say,  Carlos is amazingly talented at bringing stories to life for the children!) 

Then Julio said, "You know the phrase on the Reading Village logo,  Transforming Lives through Literacy? It really is true. My life has changed  because of Reading Village and now Carlos's life is being impacted as well."

All of our teens have grown tremendously in ability, self-confidence and self- awareness. Watch Maribel's face light up with pride in a two-minute video (link below)  as she talks about the success she is enjoying as a reading promoter.   

Thank you for all you do to bring the joy of reading to children, Linda



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Reading Village

Location: Boulder, CO - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.readingvillage.org
Project Leader:
Linda Smith
Boulder, CO United States
$235,751 raised of $350,000 goal
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