Category Archives: Message From Our Scholars

A Message from Our Scholars: Santiago

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Santiago scored so low on the process for admission into the program we seriously debated whether or not to bring him in. He took advantage of all the support we offered him, and he put in the hard work and effort to improve his reading skills. He became not only one of our best reading   …Continue Reading

A Message From Our Scholars: Olga

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Olga’s family life is complex and riddled with grief. Her father is an alcoholic and has denied her desire for education at every turn. Her mother, on the other hand, has been Olga’s greatest advocate. She pushes her daughter to make every effort to get ahead, to have a better life than that which she   …Continue Reading

A Message From Our Scholars: Juana Estela

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Juana Estela’s family subsists on just a few thousand dollars every year – that’s less than a few dollars a day! Her father was only able to afford to send one of his daughter’s to school and chose to send Juana’s sister. Without the Reading Village program, Juana Estela never would have reached high school,   …Continue Reading

A Message From Our Scholars: Mario

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Like many of our scholars, Mario comes from a large rural family that lives on just a few dollars every day. His parents are committed to education, but for lack of funds the children alternate who goes to school each year. His family made incredible sacrifices to put Mario through middle school until you stepped   …Continue Reading

A Message From Our Scholars: Ana

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Ana, who came from parents with absolutely no formal schooling whatsoever, not only graduated from high school herself (thanks to your support of Reading Village) and now holds the honor of being the first ever scholar to become an employee of Reading Village. She now trains and mentors our scholar/reading promoters. It has always been   …Continue Reading

A Message From Our Scholars: Julio

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Julio is one of our “pioneers,” one of the six brave teens who formed our first group of scholars in Concepcion. But even so, he was quite timid when it came to answering questions or offering ideas in the group. Once he started reading to children, and they called his name out from across the   …Continue Reading