- $10,945 Raised in 2012
- 8 Campaigns
- 730 Children Reached
Donating a birthday, hosting a house party, or using a holiday to celebrate our work, everyone has the opportunity to support global literacy. We are ready and waiting to help you change the world.
It’s easy. Just create a campaign, set a goal, and then spread the word! Pick from the materials and events we have prepared for you below, or create something all your own. No matter where you are or how much you raise, we’ll make sure you can see the impact you’re making with every dollar!
Here’s the impact you could make:
$100 – change a child’s life with storybooks and reading programs
$1,000 – change a teenager’s life with a high school scholarship
$15,000 – change an entire community with new literacy programs
Birthdays for Books
Donate your birthday to eradicate illiteracy, and encourage your friends to do the same! Instead of receiving presents give the gift of literacy. Start a birthday campaign and ask your friends and family to help raise money for your very own global literacy project. You bring in the dollars and we’ll show you results.
When Sabrina was five years old she wanted to help other children learn how to read. Eager to help Reading Village, she decided to draw pictures and sell them door-to-door until she reached her fundraising goal of $20. Guess what happened? Mustering the courage to knock on the first door, Sabrina so impressed her neighbor that he wrote her a check for $50 on the spot. Sabrina started by asking herself what she could do to help. Impressed by this little girl’s gumption, we invite you to do the same. What can you do?
Light Up Literacy is a holiday campaign created to celebrate literacy as a form of freedom during Hanukkah and Passover. With education materials all ready to go, you, your family, or your entire school can bring the value of tikkun olam into your holiday observance while giving the gift of literacy to a child in Guatemala. We have everything you need to bring Light Up Literacy into your home this year.
Stephen S Wise Temple Schools has taken Light Up Literacy to new heights. For the past three years, students have used our toolkit to celebrate Hanukkah with their families, have learned about literacy and donated the value of one Hanukkah gift to Reading Village. In this way, the Wise community has raised tens of thousands of dollars for global literacy.
Our newest campaign, 36 Books is a way for teens in America to help make rural villages in Guatemala places where reading is celebrated, and where books are the tools that empower readers to be leaders in their communities. By reading to others and raising money, this mitzvah project was designed for you to celebrate global literacy while your friends and family are celebrating you. We’ve got everything you need to use your bar or bat mitzvah to change lives in Guatemala.
Ready for an adventure? Every year we take small groups to Guatemala to experience Reading Village’s work first hand. Visiting our program sites, meeting our inspiring teen reading promoters, and helping them put on a reading fiesta is the best way to understand Reading Village’s vision for a cultural of literacy. Start a campaign to raise money for the projects that you will then get to visit. With our Learning Journeys you can change lives and be changed in the process!
Ruth is a retired teacher and now world traveler. She lives in England and recently returned from a sightseeing trip to Greece. But she said that since her Learning Journey with Reading Village to Guatemala she no longer enjoys just looking a scenery and stopping at museums. Thanks to Learning Journeys, Ruth now travels not only to experience new cultures but to changes lives while she’s on the road.