And if all that wasn’t amazing enough, with your generosity Center Director Omar Mejía flew from Chicago to Quetzaltenango this week with 74 brand new books from our Amazon Wish List and another 49 gently-used books donated by Board Member María Pechuk, who teaches Spanish to young children on Cape Cod. As you may know, our young students have been without new books since before the pandemic. The children’s books that are available to purchase locally are incredibly expensive — when you can find any at all — and there’s no reliable way to ship packages from the US to Guatemala. Every single book on our Amazon Wish List was purchased by YOU our extraordinary supporters and shipped to Omar in Chicago last week before he boarded a flight to Quetzaltenango.
Most of the books Omar delivered to Ms. Yomis and Ms. Iliana this week were given to our students to read at home with their parents, as well as, to follow along while their teachers read aloud on video. Research shows that having books in the home is proven to positively benefit children in a myriad of ways. In fact, a recent study found that the mere presence of a home library increased children’s academic success, vocabulary development, attention and job attainment. Wow! The remaining books will be added to the Center’s library, for Ms. Yomis and Ms. Iliana to read aloud on video during virtual learning and later for the students to enjoy when we reopen the Center to in-person learning (hopefully) next school year. Thank you to everyone who made this feat possible, we are so incredibly grateful!