Celebrating Education on #GivingTuesday

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Please help us in our commitment to enable them to complete their high school educations – an accomplishment that will allow these remarkable young people to improve their professional opportunities, increase their family incomes, further develop their communities, and reach their full potential.  MAIA (formerly Starfish), a trusted organization also working in youth education and leadership in the   …Continue Reading

Matiox! ¡Gracias! Thank You!

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Today, Reading Village Celebrates You! These stories just scratch the surface of the powerful impact your generosity has helped us to achieve through the years. By partnering with local schools and businesses to raise funds; hosting house parties to raise awareness; traveling with us to Guatemala to witness first hand the excitement these youth bring   …Continue Reading

Important Update on the Status of Reading Village

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From the Desk of Linda Smith, Founder of Reading Village Our 12-year adventure at Reading Village has been full of pride, joy, accomplishment, and challenges overcome. Today we announce the first steps in the next leg of our journey. Our Leaders and Readers Program has established a strong record of success, reaching over 12,000 children   …Continue Reading

Building a Link – Libraries & Graduation

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The library in Concepción is a very special place for Reading Village. Secondly (and relatedly), this means that the literacy and high school graduation rate is relatively low. Literacy, graduation, and economic success are closely linked, and a young Maya with a high school diploma can essentially double their income. Unfortunately, tuition for high school   …Continue Reading

Meet Angelica, Our Newest Intern

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Indigenous Guatemalans face some of the highest rates of poverty, malnutrition, and illiteracy in the world. This grinding poverty can sometimes push families to marry off their female children so as to simply have one less mouth to feed, or to pay off debt. Act by October 31st, and your donation will have an even   …Continue Reading

You Can’t Imagine What Susana Has Been Through

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Like many of the teens in our program, Susana’s road to graduation hasn’t been an easy one. This 19-year old’s dreams of completing her secondary education were almost shattered when her old sister got married right after she graduated. Susana’s father was so angry that he said Susana couldn’t study anymore. Luckily, her mother supported   …Continue Reading

Two Kinds of Global Giving

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As the year comes to a close Linda and I are thinking a lot about our giving priorities. Giving to organizations that work in the developing world has always been important to us for two reasons. First, the needs are immense. Second, we know that that dollars we donate go a very long way. This   …Continue Reading

International Day of the Girl

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On this International Day of the Girl we want to share one of our favorite stories from Guatemala this year. It’s the story of 17 year-old Lily who entered the Leaders and Readers Program in 2016 which she says “changed my life completely”. Like many of the teens in our program, Lily hasn’t had an   …Continue Reading