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

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

10 Years of Impact

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Thanks to the 1000+ donors we’ve had over the last decade, we’ve been able to positively change the trajectory of thousands of lives in rural Guatemala. Your partnership has enabled us to invest in human capacity and interrupt generational poverty! What started with 6 teens reading to 300 children has grown over the past decade   …Continue Reading

So Much To Be Grateful For

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Looking back on this year’s Learning Journey on this Giving Tuesday, I am Giving Thanks! I feel re-energized and full of gratitude as I remember the teens in our program opening their hearts and community to our group. As our Learning Journey came to a close in April, I took some time to reflect on   …Continue Reading

Letters from Learning Journey Travelers: Cynthia

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This month we asked our Learning Journey travelers to share what it is they are grateful for. They have traveled with us to Guatemala, witnessed the impact of our work first hand, and have an intimate appreciation for the power of education, leadership, and literacy to interrupt generational poverty in rural, indigenous communities. Here’s what Cynthia had   …Continue Reading