To help communities rebuild and recover after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that left hundreds dead and thousands homeless along the coast of Ecuador this spring, A mano manaba plans to build and house a library bus to bring literacy and education campaigns to the devastated area. A mano manaba is a cultural and training center in the fishing village of Don Juan supported by Corporacion Grupo Randi-Randi, a non-profit organization with 16 years of experience running social projects in Ecuador.
The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16, 2016, caused most damage in the coastal province of Manabi near the epicenter, worsening living conditions and economic opportunities for a population that was already one of the nation's poorest. More than 24,000 families were left homeless by the quake, and economic losses totaled approximately $300 million. In addition, illiteracy in Manabi is 10.2%, while in Pichincha (where the capital Quito is located), it is 3.5%.
The Library Bus will connect the coastal villages of Don Juan, La Division, Tabuga, Camarones, Rambuche and Moyuyal, offering activities to improve reading and writing skills for about 700 people including children, adolescents, adults and rural teachers. Concurrently the Library Bus will serve as a supportive mechanism for general education campaigns devoted to social areas such as health prevention, community leadership, sustainability, ecosystems defense, and local organization and identity.
Improvement in reading and writing skills will offer better possibilities for the youth of Manabi. It will help them access better secondary education and consequently, higher education, and more job opportunities. After a period of 5 years we expect to increase the literacy rate and the years of school attendance. Improved education and information sharing among the communities in areas such as health and environment will also lead to healthier, more informed and empowered communities.
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