Well, in a year and a half I haven’t had to do this yet, but now is the time… Please support my reading program!
Several volunteer friends and I have collaborated to share a Peace Corps Partnership grant for materials and group trainings for the work that we do individually in our communities, helping children who are severely behind in an already lagging school system. Between five Peace Corps volunteers, we are working in five different rural communities with 20 local facilitators and over 300 children benefitting from our work. We need funding!
PLEASE DONATE HERE: https://donate.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=517-517
The goal is to make our programs sustainable, so that our local counterparts will continue this work long after we leave. We need materials and trainings to make this possible. Your donation will contribute to a sustainable future for a program that helps the children who need it the most: children whose parents may be illiterate, who are at risk of dropping out of school in favor of work, who have often already been given up on, and therefore have given up on themselves.
Last year, our results showed a significant improvement in the reading levels of participants. Teachers in my school have said that everyone loves what I am doing, that “the light bulb has turned on” for a lot of the children participating in our program. Finally feeling purposeful in my work is obviously gratifying, but it is not the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is to keep this going, to begin a slow change that will continue after I leave. 100% of your donation will go towards materials, trainings, and facilitator support. (Peace Corps volunteers don’t really have overhead costs…)
To see pictures and learn more about what we are doing, visit our facebook page (the pictures in “Yo Se Leer: Tabara Arriba” are a sample from my school!): http://www.facebook.com/YoSeLeer