Introducing Angel

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Introducing the newest member of the Reading Village team – baby Angel! What better gift to celebrate Reading Village’s 10th year than the birth of Angel Alfredo Xitamul! Little Angel was born in February to Luis and Angelica, alumni of our Leaders and Readers Program. The first child born in Concepcion to parents with high   …Continue Reading

Juana Estela is Defying the Odds

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Founder and Executive Director, Linda Smith, speaks with recent program and high school graduate, Juana Estela, who spent four years promoting literacy among hundreds of children in her community. Across Guatemala there are two million youth who cannot afford to be in school. We believe that is two million too many. Thanks to you, Juana Estela   …Continue Reading

Life is Unpredictable….Everywhere!

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In the US and other countries where our donors live, like the UK, France, Canada, Australia, we plan our lives and expect that our plans will come to fruition. And in a civil society where institutions and systems function well enough, we have reason to believe that our lives will go as planned. We drop off   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Transition + Transformation

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I think the part I like best about the beginning of each school year in Guatemala is the moment when one of our Community Facilitators asks a question, and a youth leader like Victor, who’s now in his last year of high school and our program, realizes that last year’s leaders who have graduated are gone. The ones   …Continue Reading

Founder’s Corner: Olga’s Insight

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A north wind has been blowing through the central highlands of Guatemala for several weeks now. You know what they say about north winds – they roll in with a vengeance and bring in a season of change. This north wind has been blowing cool and steady and it set the stage for one of our youth leaders   …Continue Reading

The End of the World? Hardly.

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As apocalyptic visions fill the heads of some as we come to the end of a Mayan calendar cycle, about one hundred indigenous youth leaders in Guatemala gathered in the central highlands to prepare for the future – and there’s nothing apocalyptic about their vision! Five of Reading Village’s teen reading promoters took part in   …Continue Reading

GLOBAL LITERACY STORY-A-THON

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In the world today, one billion adults cannot read. Those same adults may never be paid a living wage, and will struggle to supporttheir families. Reading Village, 100 Book Day, and Boulder Book Store believe that reading starts with children. By reading stories together, kids’ imaginations run wild and they grow up with the skills needed to   …Continue Reading

The Depth of Your Impact

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On my recent trip to Guatemala our teen reading promoters made it clear to me that they understand the depth of the work they are doing. Over and over again I heard them talk about how it’s more than reading to kids, it’s about transforming their entire community. They see changes in themselves, the kids   …Continue Reading