Our Promise To You

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Every year our youth leaders stand up and make a commitment for the year ahead. This year, we decided to make a commitment to each of you. Happy Valentines Day from everyone at Reading Village.

Juanito and Linda Read a Story

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Founder and Executive Director, Linda Smith, reads with Juanito – the younger brother of two Reading Village Leaders and Readers graduates.   Across Guatemala there are two million youth who cannot afford to be in school. We believe that is two million too many. Thanks to you, Juanito will never be part of this statistic. Juanito   …Continue Reading

Juana Estela is Defying the Odds

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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 children in her community. Across Guatemala there are two million youth who cannot afford to be in school. We believe that is two million too many. Thanks to you, Juana Estela   …Continue Reading

It Takes a Village to Create a Reading Village

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November marks the end of the Guatemalan school year as well as the Reading Village program year. And so we gathered with our partner communities to celebrate this year’s successes and the high school graduations of the youth leaders who have completed our program. This year 50 teens reached 2,500 children with regular and dynamic   …Continue Reading

Join Our 12 Hours of Impact

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Every day we each have a chance to impact another. Our actions, our words, our dollars, our votes — these are the ways we can change the world around us. This fall, join our 12 Hours of Impact campaign to send 18 additional indigenous Guatemalan youth to high school. Ensuring a high school education for   …Continue Reading

10 Fast Facts About Literacy Around the World

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Today is International Literacy Day! What better time to take a look at the impact of literacy? Our work in Guatemala is just a small step toward improving access to reading and writing skills for children and adults around the world. These skills are critical to succeeding in school and in life and are therefore   …Continue Reading

Measuring Social Fabric

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Every international nonprofit has its own set of criteria for the communities and people they serve. Some look at demographic data and work perhaps with women or children, others look at educational and/or economic opportunities and how to make them more accessible, and still others evaluate communities through a specific need such as clean water. And all of   …Continue Reading

Our Paperclips to Scholarships Campaign is a Success

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$60,000 for Paperclips to Scholarships A huge thank you must go out to our generous network. From near and far you stepped up to help us raise more than $60,000 during our Paperclips to Scholarships campaign this month. This is an incredible feat and will help us reach thousands more children in Guatemala with innovative literacy programs.   …Continue Reading

Through Their Eyes

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On the last day in Concepcion we all wrote little notes to each other, teens to visitors and visitors to teens. Most of the notes I received were lovely expressions of love and gratitude. But one stood out to me. Camilo lives on the outskirts of Concepcion, a place up above the valley where life   …Continue Reading

2015 Learning Journey: Day 7

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Today was the final day of the 2015 Learning Journey. Today we enjoyed the beauty of colonial Antigua. Some of us learned to make chocolate from scratch, others of us took a walking tour of the city while others of us shopped or simply relaxed by the fountain in the flower-filled courtyard of our hotel, the oldest   …Continue Reading