Nicolas Christian School’s students live in isolated villages in the Central Highlands of Guatemala. Most of their parents are illiterate and speak a Mayan language. Since all Guatemalan education is in Spanish, children must learn it in school. Because rural, public elementary schools operate only half-day with few books or resources, when children enter 7th grade at Nicolás Christian School, their Spanish fluency and vocabularies are weak, and their reading comprehension is poor. In addition, schools are still only open on a limited schedule due to Covid 19, and no public libraries exist in the entire region.
In response, NFE created mini-libraries in three villages in 2020, and five more in 2021. We need more books to open our 9th library by the end of 2022. We will open at least two more libraries in 2023. You can help by donating one or more books from this page. The Sophos bookstore in Guatemala City gives NFE a 20% discount and will ship your book(s) to the highlands. NFE staff works with village leaders to set up each library, train volunteer librarians, and promote reading. NCS students build the shelving in carpentry class. Since 90% of vocabulary growth comes from reading, these books will help children increase their vocabularies and background knowledge, preparing them for success in school and life.
$12.00 for one book or $192 for the set of 16 books
$25.00 for one book or $275.00 for the set of 11 books
$12.00 for one book or $72.00 for the set of 6 books
$12.00 for one book or $240 for all 20 books
$6.00 for one book or $162.00 for the set
$2.75 for one book or $44.00 for all 16 books