Thanks to 25 donations, including yours, we raised $1328 that we have spent to buy materials and books for the teachers to use in the classrooms. Although we did not reach our goal of $5000 and 40 donators, GlobalGiving is still allowing us to stay on the website for the year. This gives us exposure to people who we do not know and would not have found.
To revitalize and strengthen our literacy program, we have launched an initiative, which we are calling, ” 10 Star Books”. With the advice of our teachers, we are selecting 10 of the best children’s picture books available including some in Kaqchikel to form the basis of our literacy program.
One of our most experienced teachers, Lucy Diaz and 2 teachers from the USA, Nancy Carpenter and Tina Hille are collaborating to develop teaching guides for the “Star Books” which support the development of reading and writing and further the objectives of the national curriculum. The plan is to publish this guide for our 23 schools and to offer the entire package to public schools in Guatemala to improve kindergarten instruction.
The budget for “10 Star Books” is $2300 ($100 per school) to purchase the books and $2000 to develop and print the guides
People trying to find ways to make an impact on people’s lives that leaves them empowered to help themselves often find it is not easy. Searchers are rewarded when they find something that works. Our program is one of those. There are now 28 classroom sessions in 22 communities creating 24 jobs for unemployed teachers.