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Lake Atitlán Libraries (LAL) News

December, 2011
449 Overlook Pass, Hudson, WI 54016

www.lakeatitlanlibraries.org

 

This has been a wonderful year of exploring new ideas and making new connections to expand literacy for children in the indigenous areas of Guatemala. The Daniele Agostino Derossi Foundation was so believing in our work and successes that it encouraged our LAL board to think about ways we could enrich and extend our outreach.  As a result, we have received a large Derossi grant of $26,500 for 2012 for expanding the number of textbooks distributed by Associacion Pro Biblioteca (APB) in Sololá and supplying books and computer resources for the Howard and Teresa Cameron Library in Yalpemech, Alta Verapaz. To supplement these funds, the Derossi Foundation also challenged us to expand our donor support. We have set a goal to raise $10,000 in 2012 that we know we can achieve with your help.  Please copy this News for your friends and tell them about us!

smiling children in classroomIn 2012, APB will provide eleven additional middle schools in Sololá with a $3,000 initial investment in to supply textbooks.  With these funds, APB can go beyond just offering the teacher a copy of the textbook and two for the students.  APB will multiply student access by supplying more books for students to pair up to share.  Also the books will concentrate on hard subjects where up-dated texts make a big difference in learning:  science, math, Spanish, and social science (including family and health issues).  We visited these students in Juanya last February. They were busy with a complex Economics statistical chart, but as you can see, our visit did distract them for a moment! These students are fortunate because with the education they receive in this Basico most will attend Secondary vocational schools in their community.

Yalpemech is a small refugee village in Alta Verapaz than has become a permanent settlement. The library is used by the children, teens and young adults, teachers, and parents in the town. The parish of San Jose de Yalpemech, which hosts the Cameron Library, has a sister parish relationship with St. Patrick Catholic Community of Hudson, of which LAL Board members Howard and Teresa Cameron and Marybeth Lorbiecki are members. Yalpemech has a plan in 2012 to enhance its collection of textbooks and computer resources. Sister Joannes Klaus works with the teachers and parents in the town and church. Lake Atitlan Libraries will also be exploring if APB could provide consultation in the purchasing of textbooks for the Yalpemech Basico.

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These children from Yalpemech are using the books in the Cameron Library. They were so excited to read a book that they all read aloud to themselves as fast as they could so they could get the chance to read a second! They sounded like a hive of happily buzzing bees.

With your donations we can match the Derossi grant by providing them with additional books in Spanish and computer access for classes. Board members met Sister Joannes in October in Hudson and look forward to visiting the community. Secretary Louise Eidsmoe will be back in Guatemala in at the end of January along with a contact from the Derossi Foundation to visit the Lake Atitlan Library funds recipients and Yalpemech. 

Please help us in this important work to bring the tools for literacy to students who would not get books or literacy assistance without you! Please mail your tax deductible donations to LakeAtitlánLibraries, 449 Overlook Pass, Hudson, WI 54016. If you send your email address to Louise, she will send you updates from my trip in 2011. You can also donate online through our website.

           The Lake Atitlán Libraries Board thanks you for your support!

Rory Cameron, President: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Mary Hambidge, Board member

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