Ecuadors 7.8 earthquake in April caused extensive damage to coastal Manabi province, worsening living conditions and economy for some of the nation's poorest. While structural recuperation began rapidly, dealing with emotional trauma and adjustment to change wrought by the earthquake is a difficult challenge, especially for children. A mano manaba, AMM, is addressing this complex problem through an after school reading/activity program in a temporary bamboo cultural center in Don Juan village.
AMM wants to enhance the program started in Don Juan, and extend it to 6 other coastal villages, offering activities to improve reading and writing skills for about 700 people including children, adolescents, adults and rural teachers. Operating a Library Bus will permit AMM to support education campaigns devoted to social areas such as health, community leadership, sustainability, conservation, local organization and identity. AMM connects a national volunteer network to enhance local efforts.
Enhanced reading, writing and communication skills will improve possibilities for local youth and help access better secondary education and consequently, higher education and jobs. In particular, this will engage them in rebuilding their communities and turning tragedy into opportunity for improvement. In 5 years we expect to increase local literacy and school attendance. Improved information sharing on health and environment will lead to healthier, more informed and empowered communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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