Category Archives: Founders Corner

A New Community, A New Opportunity for Impact

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    On a site visit last month I found myself in Chaquijya observing our youth leaders doing reading activities with young children. It’s always refreshing to be back in the field, witnessing the impact of our work first hand and building relationships in new communities.  Chaquijya is our newest partner community in Guatemala, and it’s   …Continue Reading

Introducing Angel

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Introducing the newest member of the Reading Village team – baby Angel! What better gift to celebrate Reading Village’s 10th year than the birth of Angel Alfredo Xitamul! Little Angel was born in February to Luis and Angelica, alumni of our Leaders and Readers Program. The first child born in Concepcion to parents with high   …Continue Reading

Our Work Has Never Been More Necessary

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If I ever saw a justification for the work of Reading Village it was this. Every year the Skoll Foundation publishes a ranking of countries by social indicators. Their goal is to create a common vocabulary among changemakers, to identify geographic areas of focus, and to celebrate successes made. This spring, the Skoll Foundation put   …Continue Reading

The Power of Observation

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Maricela Correa-Chávez and Barbara Rogoff of the University of California, Santa Cruz, published a study that shows indigenous Mayan children when compared to European American children pay more attention to and learn from activities going on in their environment — activities not specifically directed at them. Much of a Mayan child’s time is spent observing   …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

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

Top Down vs Bottom Up

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The two decades following the end of World War II were filled with excitement and challenge as the forces of good had just overcome the forces of evil. The US had beat Germany to the bomb and was in a race to beat the Soviet Union into space. The very definition of “American” was clarified   …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

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

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