• Transforming Lives Through Literacy.
    Since 2007 we have worked with 78 teenagers to change the lives of more than 4,500 children. And we've only just begun! Help us grow our impact in Guatemala.
  • Meet each of our youth leaders.
    Ever wonder what a Reading Village scholar is like? Now you can meet them all, read about their interests, and help make their dreams come true.
  • Help Us Eradicate Illiteracy.
    You can be change the world. Start your own fundraising campaign to bring literacy to Guatemala. We've got everything you need to get going!
  • Learn how literacy can end poverty.
    Through a combination of scholarship, leadership, and literacy, we empower one generation of leaders to create another generation of readers.

Our Approach

Learning begins with literacy. When we can master the written word, we have the foundation to control our own lives and to change the lives of those around us. In this way, literacy can unlock people's ability to create a better world.
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Our Program

Working collaboratively in impoverished communities, the Reading Village model combines innovation and cultivation to co-create human capacity. In everything we do, we strive to empower communities to chase their own dreams.
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Take Action

All around the world, energetic volunteers, passionate advocates, and inspired individuals have joined us to change lives through literacy. It’s easy. Just create a campaign, set a goal, and then spread the word!
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Our Progress

  • 4,634 Books Distributed to Schools, Libraries, & Orphanages
  • 78% Of Our Teens Have Been Employed Upon Graduation
  • 9,240 Hours Spent Reading to Children
  • 10,000 Children's Lives Changed Through Literacy Programs

Latest News & Events

  • Our Promise To You February 11, 2016

    https://youtu.be/RQ713PZf9_Y Every year our youth leaders stand up and make a commitment for the year ahead. This year, we decided to make a commitment to ...

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  • Juanito and Linda Read a Story December 14, 2015

    https://youtu.be/BAOJkr2zJnw Founder and Executive Director, Linda Smith, reads with Juanito - the younger brother of two Reading Village Leaders and Readers graduates.   Across Guatemala there ...

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  • Juana Estela is Defying the Odds December 4, 2015

    https://youtu.be/70HulIFRP-c Founder and Executive Director, Linda Smith, speaks with recent program and high school graduate, Juana Estela, who spent four years promoting literacy among hundreds of ...

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