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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

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

Our Promise To You

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Every year our youth leaders stand up and make a commitment for the year ahead. This year, we decided to make a commitment to each of you. Happy Valentines Day from everyone at Reading Village.

It Takes a Village to Create a Reading Village

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November marks the end of the Guatemalan school year as well as the Reading Village program year. And so we gathered with our partner communities to celebrate this year’s successes and the high school graduations of the youth leaders who have completed our program. This year 50 teens reached 2,500 children with regular and dynamic   …Continue Reading

Thank You!

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2014 was a year of growth for Reading Village. Together we transformed the lives of dozens of teenagers who in turn reached thousands of young children. None of this would have been possible without your support! Thank you for making our 30×30 campaign such a success. Thank you for partnering with us to transform lives   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: The Power to Transform Communities

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This summer, as our country marks many of the moments of the civil rights movement of the 60’s, I’ve been re-reading some of Martin Luther King Jr’s later writings when he turned his attention from the South to our northern cities. Not surprisingly, 1967 urban Black America and 2013 rural Mayan Guatemala are worlds apart.   …Continue Reading

Teresa is Grateful

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I'm in Guatemala interviewing teens for our reading promoter program. It's one of my favorite things to do because these youth inspire me so much.  Take Teresa Morales Chumil, for example. She is 15, the oldest of four, and her family owns no land so they work as day laborers on someone else's land. Teresa's family of six ekes out a living   …Continue Reading

Children’s Day

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Guatemala celebrates Children's Day on October 1st. Our reading promoters spontaneously read stories that day to children at this large community gathering. And a spark was lit in parents who saw for the first time the joy reading gives their children. The girls parade in.                 Daniel and   …Continue Reading

Light Up Literacy

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Light Up Literacy is a resource-rich program created to help bring to life the value of tikkun olam in congregations, havurot and schools during Hanukkah.   It’s hard to imagine not being able to read books or newspapers. It’s like living one’s life in the dark. In rural Guatemala about 50% of the population lives   …Continue Reading