Brenda reads as she walks home
Brenda walked home from school while reading “Pinocchio.” Without taking her eyes off the book, she arrived home, a small house made of adobe bricks with colorful flowers contrasting against the arid landscape of her community.
Located on the slope of the northern mountains of Nicaragua, La Jabonera is one of the most isolated communities in the country. It lacks electricity and safe drinking water, and the nearest medical center is over 20 miles away. In this distant community, education seems to have suffered a long delay in arriving. Just four years ago, secondary education was offered in town for the first time through Fabretto’s SAT Program. A single primary school serves all local children like Brenda, a 6th-grade student who is also enrolled in her school’s “LitClub”, a reading club promoted by Fabretto.
“I try to read every day! It’s the only way to improve your reading skills, learn new things, and make sure others don’t fool you,” comments the eloquent student. Brenda has made reading part of her daily routine. Every day she wakes up at 4:30 AM, grinds corn for her mother’s hand-made tortillas, and helps sweep the dirt floor of the house. After breakfast, she goes down the hill to bathe in the river, which has been running low, as drought has struck. When she arrives at school at 7:30 AM, the first thing she does is choose the book of the day – available thanks to a donation Fabretto made to her school – today, Brenda has chosen Pinocchio. Throughout the rest of the week, she’ll be looking forward to LitClub, an activity that has enriched her vocabulary and self-esteem.
At eleven years of age, Brenda already has a clear goal: to be the first in her family to go to college and become a teacher. That is the path narrated in the first story she authored, The Brave Jose, which was selected to be included in a children’s story book published in Nicaragua and Spain thanks to supporters like you. “Here is my name! All of the authors in this book are children like me,” shares the proud writer.
Thanks to partnerships with organization and individual donors like you, Fabretto is taking literacy to remote Nicaraguan communities through reading clubs for children, called LitClubs. In 2016, over 13,000 books were distributed to the most isolated communities of rural Nicaragua. We know that when children read books, they improve their vocabulary and spelling, learn to recognize rules of sentence structure, use their imagination, gain the ability to concentrate, and even learn about values. Through Fabretto’s LitClubs, books will be the doors which open up a better future for Nicaraguan children.
Brenda with her proud mother