Child Aid’s mission is development through literacy.
We focus on rural villages where illiteracy is disproportionately affecting indigenous people.
We achieve this mission though an integrated, multi-year program that provides teacher training, librarian training, and the distribution of over 100,000 Spanish language children’s books to schools and libraries.
Utilizing best practices proven effective in developing countries, we have third party evaluations confirming fidelity to our program design.
As these programs spread and more partnerships are made at administrative levels within the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, we seek to impact systemic change in teacher training methods and expectations through the effective grassroots advocacy of our Guatemalan students, parents, teachers, principals, school administrators and civic leaders.
Every year of school a child completes represents an estimated 13 percent increase in their future annual income. Education improves maternal, child and family health. It slows the spread of HIV/AIDS, decreases violent crime and improves the overall economic health of communities. We know of no other approach to alleviating poverty that has an impact this broad and long lasting.