Guatemala Literacy Project





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Project Description

Region: Central America

Country: Guatemala

Location: Western Highlands

Total Budget: $600,000

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

This Global Grant project has four distinct and complementary components that will strengthen both traditional and technological literacy in communities we've targeted. All of these schools are located in Guatemala's Western Highlands—the most illiterate part of the country. This Global Grant will pay for the materials needed to implement each component—books, computers, school supplies, and other educational resources—as well as essential training to enable teachers to utilize the materials effectively. The project will take place from 7/1/2019 to 3/31/2021.

1)The Culture of Reading Program (CORP) enables primary-school teachers to become experts in reading instruction. The program delivers between 30 and 76 children's books (per teacher) for reading in the classroom every day and provides intensive teacher training based on the latest best practices in early literacy instruction. Better-trained teachers transform their students into better readers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners.

2)Textbook projects increase literacy for middle-school students in rural Guatemala by giving them access to high-quality textbooks in subjects like math, science, Spanish language, and social studies. Books are provided on the condition that each school rents them to their students for a small fee ($1.50/month). These fees enter a sustainability fund (managed by CoEd and overseen by local Rotarians), which is used to replace the books once they wear out.

3)A computer center prepares middle-school students to enter the workforce by providing 60-90 minutes per week of hands-on technological instruction, covering approximately 34 lessons over the course of a year. The certified computer teacher will train students in the use of standard business software (Microsoft Windows, Word, Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, web navigation, basic programming, etc).

4)The Rise Youth Development Program keeps students in school, helps them envision a brighter future for themselves, and prepares them with the tools to achieve it. Students benefit from activities like workshops (involving Rotarians from Guatemalan clubs) and field trips to local businesses and universities that help them explore other possibilities for their future, beyond subsistence farming. All students participating in the program are matched with sponsors in Guatemala and other countries around the world who cover a portion of their costs of participating in the program. Many of the students are sponsored personally by Rotarians who are also involved with the Guatemala Literacy Project.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4250

Rotary Club of: Nueva Guatemala

Primary Contact: Oscar Enrique Saenz Wirtz

Email: o.saenz.wirtz@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 7010

Rotary Club of: North Bay

Primary Contact: William White

Email: wawhite@ontera.net

Project Status

Need $376,419
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Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1872362.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Nueva Guatemala (4250)





North Bay (7010)





Evanston (5440)





Remaining Amount to Raise

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Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


by Dick Barclay

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Dick Barclay

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 with $2,000 DDF by Julia Murray of the Rotary Club of Evanston, District 5440.

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