First Public Library in the Mayan County of Chajul

by Limitless Horizons Ixil

Summary

Limitless Horizons Ixil is founding the first public library in the impoverished and undereducated Maya Ixil community of Chajul, a county of 50,000 particularly hard-hit by the Guatemalan Civil War.
$20,000
total goal
$19,285
remaining
16
donors
0
monthly donors
5
years active

Challenge

Most children in Chajul have never had their own book to read. A recent study revealed that a library is one of the community’s greatest needs. Teachers report that they have trouble teaching because critical reading and research skills are difficult to develop in their students, as there are no books or resources available outside of school. Students desperately need a place to complete their homework, as homes are dim, smoky, and overcrowded. This simple need has always seemed out of reach.

Solution

Chajul’s first public library provides the community with an inviting, well-equipped space supported by a full-time librarian, where students and teachers can read, research, do homework, and plan lessons using the library’s books and resources.

Long-Term Impact

The library provides previously unavailable educational resources and opportunities to the 50,000-person county of Chajul, which if sustained, will lead to long-term improvements in educational quality and thus further opportunities for advancement.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.limitlesshorizonsixil.org

Organization Information

Limitless Horizons Ixil

Location: Roslindale, El Quiche - Guatemala
Website: http:/​/​www.limitlesshorizonsixil.org
Project Leader:
Jessica Sherman
Chajul, Quiché United States

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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