Library Bus for 6 Coastal Towns in Manabi, Ecuador

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On April 16 a 7.8 earthquake left hundreds dead and thousands homeless in coastal Manabi province, Ecuador. Shortly after, A Mano Manaba, a local cultural NGO, packed Domingo the donkey with books and games to spend afternoons with children in the fishing village of Don Juan. Reading and games with the "library-burro" helps children overcome fears and make sense of their catastrophic loss. Now we want to replace Domingo with a library-bus to reach out to children in other remote villages.

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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.

Additional Documentation

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


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Organization Information

Corporacion Grupo Randi Randi

Location: Quito - Ecuador
Website: http:/​/​
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Project Leader:
Rut Roman
Jama, Manabi Ecuador
$14,148 raised of $53,180 goal
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$39,032 to go
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