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

2015 Learning Journey: Day 6

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This morning was our third and final day in the communities. We traveled back up the steep hillside to Concepcion to host a Reading Fiesta with the teens. In communities where only 50% of adults can read and write, literacy is something to be celebrated and Reading Village knows how to do this very well.   …Continue Reading

2015 Learning Journey: Day 5

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Today was a real adventure! We walked through Panajachel to the shores of Lake Atitlan where we boarded a “lancha” (water taxi) to travel all the way across the lake to the artist cooperative town of San Juan. We were joined by several Reading Village Youth Leaders – many of whom had never traveled across   …Continue Reading

2015 Learning Journey: Day 4

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Today was our second day in the communities. We traveled back to Concepcion and had the privilege of witnessing the Reading Village young leaders at work reading to the local children. They were proud and engaging, articulate and compassionate while working with the young kids. And the kids themselves were eager and attentive, completely captivated   …Continue Reading

2015 Learning Journey: Day 3

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This morning we woke up on the shores of the magnificent Lake Atitlan. After invigorating conversation with Reading Village staff, we were all eager to travel up the steep hillsides to Concepcion (“Conce”) – Reading Village’s very first partner community. There, perched high in the hills of this rural farming community we spent the day   …Continue Reading

2015 Learning Journey: Day 2

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Yesterday, eleven intrepid and curious travelers landed in Guatemala City to partake on our annual Learning Journey. Traveling from across the United States and as far away as Japan, these individuals all have their own story and each of them takes a unique interest in our work. They are teachers and literacy specialists, accountants, researchers, students, and   …Continue Reading

Life is Unpredictable….Everywhere!

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In the US and other countries where our donors live, like the UK, France, Canada, Australia, we plan our lives and expect that our plans will come to fruition. And in a civil society where institutions and systems function well enough, we have reason to believe that our lives will go as planned. We drop off   …Continue Reading