“I want to go to university,” Beverly declared to me. Her bright eyes and ease belying the difficult path that led this 14-year-old to interview for a high school scholarship. “I never knew my father, and my mother never even reached third grade. But I dream of having a professional job, and I want all the children in my village to get an education.”
It’s shocking to us that there are still places on this earth where a basic education is not free. Guatemala is one of those places. Public school expenses – such as registration, textbooks, uniforms, supplies and transportation – amount to about $500 per year, more than half of a family’s annual income. In elementary and middle school Beverly took turns with her siblings, “I went one year, my brother went the next.” Others, like Luis, failed a grade for lack of a dollar’s worth of daily transportation fare to get to school often enough. All have felt the pressure to stay home and help their families survive – but none have lost their drive for education.
In 2015 Reading Village will provide scholarships to 53 teenagers, just like Beverly, whose determination to learn is even greater than the daunting barriers they face. They are following in the footsteps of our alumni – 75% of whom are professionally employed, and 50% are studying at the university level. Beverly is right on track to make her dream come true.
This December we invite you to join our 30×30 campaign. Help us raise $30,000 in 30 days so that Beverly and her peers can go back to school in January thanks to Reading Village scholarships. It’s easy, here’s what to do:
- Participate in CO Gives Day and make a donation on December 9th at www.cogives.org/readingvillage
- Write a check and send it to Reading Village, 3985 Wonderland Hill Dr #103, Boulder, CO 80304
- Start a fundraising campaign to encourage your family and friends to give the gift of education this holiday
- Share our 30×30 video on Facebook so that everyone can see the impact of your investment
We believe every child on this planet deserves at least the opportunity to fulfill his or her potential. We hope you’ll stand beside us in our 30×30 campaign to empower Beverly and her peers who have fought so hard to make it to high school, youth who are creating a culture of literacy in their communities and leading the way out of poverty.