Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home

by From Books to Brilliance
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Without Education We Cannot Save Our Home
Jun 1, 2021

Residents Rejoice on Both Sides of the River

The entire community of Seacacar has good reasons to celebrate. In April residents of Seacacar Abajo (Lower) and Seacacar Arriba (Upper), located on either side of the Sauce River, gathered for an historic event. They came together to welcome visitors, and to thank you, GlobalGivers. During the last two years you have helped provide the high-quality Guatemalan textbooks that local Mayan teens use to study math, language arts, social studies, and science, the first ever educational resources in all the fourteen villages of the Rio Sauce watershed.

But this day was planned for the children in town. On long tables set up in front of Lower Seacacar’s primary school, young students eagerly explored the textbooks, literature, and educational materials selected especially for them. Later that day teachers would carry half of those resources across the footbridge to the elementary school in Upper Seacacar. Now kids on both sides of the river can study beyond third grade, an opportunity never available to their parents.

Paul Heesaker, founder of the town’s middle school, explains: “This event and the donation of books is yet another injection of hope into a community that has suffered a great deal recently. The pandemic and two hurricanes seriously affected a community already marked by extreme poverty… These literacy resources and the soon to be installed RACHEL system (Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning) and computers will give students access to learning even when the government dictates that schools close (due to Covid restrictions). We have dedicated two full time teacher assistants to work with primary school students... I am deeply grateful for the ongoing support of From Books to Brilliance. Your generosity will allow us to continue efforts to end extreme poverty and protect and restore the Sauce River watershed. I look forward to the challenge of (education) reaching every child in the fourteen communities of the river watershed with you. ¡Muchas gracias!”

That day intrigued journalists from three news organizations had many questions for From Books to Brilliance’s liaison, Emanuel Carrera. Indeed, remote villages in Guatemala rarely have access to quality educational resources. How did this happen? Who were the donor organizations? How did the residents react? Emanuel explained that this precious gift was the result of the ongoing efforts and generosity of many individuals and organizations. He then invited everyone to return for the opening of the 21st century library scheduled to open soon in the village. Stay tuned, everyone, for that event. We thank you all!

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