Guatemala is a beautiful, diverse country the size of the state of Tennessee.  It has a population of 14 million and, what some say, is the lowest literacy rate in Latin America.  Most estimate the literacy rate to be around 70%, far less in rural areas especially for women and girls.  Although Spanish is the national language there are over 20 different indigenous languages which are often the first language in many rural communities.  Although school is technically free it is out of reach to many who cannot afford the required uniforms and school supplies.  The malnutrition rates for children under five are among the highest in the world as are the maternal mortality rates.

Please read about one of our libraries in Guatemala that is offering positive change to the community it serves.

La Libertad, Morales, Izabal
Tajumulco, San Marcos
San Juan Chamelco, Alta Verapaz
Zacualpa, El Quiché
Cabricán, Quetzaltenango
San Juan La Laguna, Sololá
Chiché, El Quiché
Río Blanco, San Marcos
San Carlos Sija, Quetzaltenango
Huitán, Quetzaltenango
Cantón Xolsacmaljá, Totonicapán
Parramos, Chimaltenango

 

Biblioteca Comunitaria Rija'tzuul Na'ooj - San Juan La Laguna, Sololá

This library serves a totally indigenous community on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlán. It was opened in early 2005 and serves approximately 12,000 people including the outlying communities.
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