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Category: What We Do Different

What We Do Different: Investing in Boys and Girls

The international development community is very focused on girls these days. This is a good thing. Around the world, girls have been neglected and discriminated against, abused and worse for far too long. Where boys go to school, girls stay home. Men’s paychecks are larger than women’s; though the burden they bear in society is…

WHAT WE DO DIFFERENT: Creating a Critical Mass for Change

There is nothing novel about working in Guatemala. Scholarships are an effective and common strategy by which to improve educational achievement. Indigenous communities are, and should be, among the most targeted beneficiaries. This isn’t new. But in a country where scholarships are sprinkled like fertilizer on a coffee crop, Reading Village is doing something different….

WHAT WE DO DIFFERENT: We Build Leaders Who Build Libraries

The day began like any other. A cold morning with fog lifting over the lake. The sound of tin garage doors being rolled up to reveal store fronts. Women crouched over steaming tamales in the cold air. But today was different. From where we sat, today was bigger and better than any day that had…