What Are You Going To Do About It?

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Marley Dias is like a lot of 11-year-old girls in West Orange, New Jersey. She loves getting lost in a book. But the books she was reading at school were missing something. She enjoyed Where the Red Fern Grows and the Shiloh series, but those classics, found in so many classrooms, were all about white   …Continue Reading

Beautiful Bilingualism

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Imagine sitting down at a wooden desk in a simple classroom. The cement floor is cold and sunlight streams in through the sole window. You’re nervous, it’s your first day after all, but you’re surrounded by your peers and eager to learn. When the teacher arrives and the lesson begins you’re terrified to realize you   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2016 – Day 5

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There is nothing more joyous than watching a child’s face light up during the telling of a story. Today we had the opportunity to light up the faces of about 300 children! This morning we Gringos donned masks and enacted stories skillfully read by Reading Village youth leaders, something they do for three hours every   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2016 – Day 4

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Early this morning we boarded a “lancha,” an outboard motorboat that is the standard mode of transportation to the various villages around Lake Atitlan. A couple of youth leaders from each of the Reading Village partner communities joined us on our trip to San Juan. Though the lake is in their backyard, this trip was   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2016 – Day 3

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Today we had the great honor and pleasure to be invited into the homes of three of the youth leaders. Like yesterday’s arrival, this was a first for Reading Village teens and their families. We learned about the little adobe structures found at each home called a “temascal.” It’s like a sauna, a fire heats   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2016: Day 2

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What a welcome! Upon arrival in the hilly town of Chuiquel we were greeted like family with hugs and flowers from the fourteen youth leaders who participate in Reading Village’s Leaders and Readers program in this village. Chuiquel is off the beaten path and almost never sees outsiders, let alone a group from another country.   …Continue Reading

Learning Journey 2016: Day 1

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The eleven of us boarded planes in Denver, New York, Pittsburgh and San Francisco, and we came together in the charming Spanish colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala. They call Guatemala the Land of Eternal Spring, and we could immediately see why. Bougainvillea blossoms of all colors brightened every nook and cranny of this cobblestone street   …Continue Reading

Atol: The Drink of Friendship

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I remember the first time I held a cup of atol in my hand. A young Mayan teen, dressed in her hand embroidered, hand woven clothing, handed me a steaming plastic cup filled to the brim with a thick light yellow liquid that smelled vaguely of corn and cinnamon. I was standing next to a   …Continue Reading

Ten Years and Counting

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Bring out the piñatas, Reading Village is celebrating it’s 10th year! And we have much to celebrate. Your investment in literacy, education and youth leadership is breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. And the building blocks that make this possible are not bricks and mortar, but rather the critical ingredients of developing human capacity. Enjoy our   …Continue Reading

Semana Santa in Antigua Guatemala

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Religion landed in the regions of Guatemala when humans first settled the area.  Traditional Mayan spiritual practice weathered the arrival of the Spanish explorers and Catholicism in the1500s and the Evangelical Christian introduction after the deadly earthquake of 1975.  Today, in Guatemala, freedom of religious practice flourishes and the greatest demonstration of the Catholic faith   …Continue Reading