Over the past 30 years PAVA’s work has migrated from relief work to development activities such as providing scholarships, building schools, bridges, improving everyday life through potable water projects, sanitation infrastructure, and a stove project. From time to time it's been necessary to set aside goals and refocus our efforts back to relief work as nature places demands on the delecate eco-system in Guatemala. We are now embarking on a new venture, to meet the needs of an ever changing population of new youths. Our fledging bookmobile program is migrating to community libraries. We call it "BiblioPAVA" and our test libraries have been a huge hit among the young and old alike.
PAVA is advancing education in highland villages through the building of libraries and introduction of three key programs: Early Stimulation Reading Program, a Kindergarten program, and Story Telling Time. To learn the what, why, how, when and who of each program click the read more below.
by Aeren Martínez, PAVA Foundation Secretary
This morning I got up pretty early, 6:00 am to be exact. I confess that would be my normal time to get up back in Austin, but here I've been a tad more relaxed. The reason for my early rise was to go to Paxixil in the district of Tecpán near the ruins of Iximche to visit the library that a group of from Seekers Church in Washington, DC, with friends from Texas, California, Colorado, and Iowa helped to fund and build. The community library project is just another way that PAVA is moving with the times.
by Frances Ingouville, Executive Director, PAVA Guatemala
Modern community libraries all over the world are agents of change. They provide the opportunity for all the community members to come together and participate in programs that target the needs of every age group. More than just books the library is a meeting place that promotes development and provides the information and activities to make the change happen.
Despite the high priority Guatemalan families place on their children's education, achieving that goal for most rural families is extremely difficult. Most rural Guatemalan children do not continue past primary school, and indeed, most do not even graduate from sixth grade. The cost of education--including school supplies, monthly fees, uniforms, transportation, and also loss of a child's assistance to their parents in the household or in the field--is prohibitively expensive.