Open access to information and knowledge is critical to civic engagement and prosperity in Central America. Using principles of social entrepreneurship, The Riecken Foundation doing business as Riecken Community Libraries, helps transform a simple building block – a community library with free Internet – into a springboard for democracy building, leadership development and social justice.
Riecken Community Libraries awaken a spirit of discovery and a love of reading. Equipped with quality books and new technology, they pull isolated communities into the bigger world, where they can both benefit from globalization and contribute to it.
Knowledge is the currency of the 21st century. Democracy and prosperity require informed populations. Riecken Community Libraries empower people by enabling them to access and use information and technology as tools for the future. Learn more ›