Monthly Archives: January 2007

A Family Affair

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On Friday night Larry and I met up with Jorge, his family, and Ryan a funding director working with the colegio on a stipend for a couple of years. The colegio (for which I´ve been collecting laptops and for which my mom has funded a computer lab!!!) is a real family affair. Jorge´s wife Veronica   …Continue Reading

Enter the kids

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   The boys in Chiche get their hands on some books, and they don´t sit still well for photos!

You Have to Fight for Your Community

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Last Thursday we visited a library in a little mountain town called Chiche. It´s a library that was founded by the Riecken Foundation which is funded by a wealthy venture capitalist in the US and run here in Guatemala by a former Peace Corps volunteer. When you walk in you are greeted by a changing   …Continue Reading

Not your Father´s Librarian

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The last trip of the day was to the library in Tiquisate. This was the first of the Books and Wings libraries, and this one was built from the ground up. The building is beautiful, full of students, run by creative and caring librarians offering a multitude of programs. Clariza the head librarian, recently returned   …Continue Reading

Libraries and Beauty Pageants

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The second library was in a town called Rio Bravo. Here the municipality supports the library by paying the librarian´s salary and providing a building. The librarian Ana has a lot of initiative and creative aethetic. Beyond story hours in which she reads to children and her helping the kids with homework she recently organized   …Continue Reading

Rising from the Ashes

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Yesterday we visited 3 libraries supported by a couple in the US who founded an organization called Books and Wings. These libraries are near the southern coast of Guatemala in a very different region with a hot climate, where sugar cane and rubber trees and pineapples grow. The first library we visited was in the   …Continue Reading

A Girl with a lot of Chutzpah

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Today Larry and I visited a school for young indigenous women who come to Antigua from all over the country to live and study for three years to become teachers and return to their villages — some to start their own schools. During a tour through the school we entered a first year classroom and   …Continue Reading

Refugee Kids

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Life is no picnic for these kids, but that doesn´t mean they don´t know how to smile and have fun. In the US we tend to fall under the impression that money makes you happy and that if you have none or very little you can´t possibly be happy.

Refugee Camp

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Just behind the school in Tzanchaj is a refugee camp where the UN and USAID and Oxfam have set up homes, bathrooms, and collective cooking and laundry areas. The facilities are certainly better than nothing, but it has been a year and several months now that these many families have been living here.