Our Programs

Leaders & Readers

Knowledge is power. Our Leaders and Readers Program empowers Mayan youth in rural Guatemalan communities to eradicate illiteracy and lead their villages out of poverty.
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Learning Journey

You have to see it to believe it. Travel with us to Guatemala to visit our program sites, meet our teens, and celebrate these communities as they create their own cultures of literacy.
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Book Bank

Access to books is the very first barrier to literacy. Reading Village’s Book Bank supports reading promotion efforts through the acquisition and distribution of books in low-income communities.
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Methodology

We believe what we do is important, but even more important is how we do it.

As an organization, Reading Village is committed to working with, not for, our Guatemalan partners. Doing “for” others only perpetuates the long history of dependence rather than the interdependence and independence we strive to achieve. We believe that we all have strengths to bring to the table, and that only together can we build stronger communities and a more sustainable future.

Working collaboratively in impoverished communities, the Reading Village model combines innovation and cultivation to co-create human capacity. In this way, we aim to develop not only the next generation of leaders, but also generations of readers thereafter. By providing scholarships, securing educations, and facilitating opportunities for leadership development, we position communities to chase their own dreams – whether that dream is the construction of a library or the paving of a road, that’s up to them. Sustainable change and local initiative are the measurements of our success.