It's hard to believe that I've been working with the same group of women (and a few men) for over twenty years. These hard working people from Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala are absolutely amazing. They're determined, talented and kind. Many are parents and like most parents anywhere, they hope for a better and easier life for their children.
Approximately 75% of the indigenous population of Guatemala cannot read. In order to advance in life and living, the ability to read is a must. It is for this reason that I am so attracted to a children's library, Puerta Abierta that has been founded in and for the community in which I work. I'm thrilled that my donations can make such a difference in the lives of so many. (I must also add, that Puerta Abierta also has literacy classes for adults.) Please look at their website & blog to learn more. If you can, consider a donation to this worthy cause. It's wonderful to know that Puerta Abierta provides free classes and activities for so many children that would otherwise never have any extracurricular activities. - ND