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Our Story

Mission & Values

Reading Village believes in the power of youth leadership, education and literacy to empower and engage marginalized communities to break the cycle of generational poverty.

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A long history of oppression, corruption, violence and the injustice it has perpetuated represents the brokenness of Guatemala. But there is beauty, too, in the landscape, culture and human spirit. One must see both to really understand Guatemala.

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The Reading Village model is innovative, responsive, and effective, in equal measure. We could say the same of our board and staff. Over the past decade, we have built a team of inspired and inspiring individuals.

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Our Founder and Executive Director, Linda Smith, has long had a desire to better the world. Reading Village was born from Linda’s desire to inspire children to dream and to empower them to achieve those dreams.

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As a growing international organization with staff in the United States and Guatemala, we pride ourselves on financial transparency and accountability to our donors.

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Check out our blog for the latest news and events from Reading Village. Whether we’re in Guatemala, the States, or in transit in between, we’ll keep you up to date on what it really looks like to break the cycle of generational poverty.

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