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Help Tomasa Create a Better Future by Donating Today

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In the indigenous villages where Reading Village works, girls are still fighting for their right to an education. Ten of Tomasa’s eleven siblings dropped out of school before high school in order to help support their family. Her parents never made it past 2nd grade. But Tomasa is standing up for herself, explaining, “I’m going   …Continue Reading

10 Years of Impact

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Thanks to the 1000+ donors we’ve had over the last decade, we’ve been able to positively change the trajectory of thousands of lives in rural Guatemala. Your partnership has enabled us to invest in human capacity and interrupt generational poverty! What started with 6 teens reading to 300 children has grown over the past decade   …Continue Reading

So Much To Be Grateful For

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Looking back on this year’s Learning Journey on this Giving Tuesday, I am Giving Thanks! I feel re-energized and full of gratitude as I remember the teens in our program opening their hearts and community to our group. As our Learning Journey came to a close in April, I took some time to reflect on   …Continue Reading

Letters from Learning Journey Travelers: Cynthia

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This month we asked our Learning Journey travelers to share what it is they are grateful for. They have traveled with us to Guatemala, witnessed the impact of our work first hand, and have an intimate appreciation for the power of education, leadership, and literacy to interrupt generational poverty in rural, indigenous communities. Here’s what Cynthia had   …Continue Reading

Letters from Learning Journey Travelers: Melissa

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This month we asked our Learning Journey travelers to share what it is they are grateful for. They have traveled with us to Guatemala, witnessed the impact of our work first hand, and have an intimate appreciation for the power of education, leadership, and literacy to interrupt generational poverty in rural, indigenous communities. Here’s what Melissa,   …Continue Reading

A Dream Come True

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As the co-host on this year’s Learning Journey, I cherished the opportunity I had to intimately connect ten of our supporters to the work in which they had invested. While I do my best to connect people to Reading Village’s work throughout the year, the Learning Journey creates the perfect vehicle to directly connect the   …Continue Reading

How One Question Can Change Anything

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I recently read a piece in the New York Times about Kyle Schwartz, a Denver-based teacher who began asking her students to complete the following sentence: I wish my teacher knew… The responses were astounding, heartbreaking, inspiring, and enlightening. They gave Ms. Schwartz new insights into her students’ challenges and motivations. One student wrote: I   …Continue Reading

Rainy Season

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School is in session in the Department of Solola, Guatemala.  Our youth leaders of Reading Village are deeply involved with their personal studies, learning daily how to engage young children in reading activities, and assisting their families with daily chores to keep households running.  And all of this during the rainy season. In Solola during the   …Continue Reading

The Truth About Teens

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  Eight years ago when we first began thinking about community-based reading promoters, a group of Guatemalan advisors cautioned us saying: “We’re going to tell you the truth about teens. You can’t build a successful literacy program that depends on teen-age kids! At that age they are just too distracted and unpredictable.” Despite warnings from   …Continue Reading