Books are a uniquely portable magic.


In Latin America, literacy needs are great:

  • 35 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate

  • 36% live on less than US$2 per day.

  • 42% of children from the poorest families in Colombia start late at school, and the school expectancy these students is just 6 years, compared with 12 years for the wealthiest.

The World Literacy Foundation established seven years ago a project in Manizales, Colombia called ‘Aprende Leyendo’. This project is focused on children who have low-level literacy skills, and who can’t afford to attend school. Every week we run 2 classes for 60 children and provide them and their parents, children’s books, reading support and tutoring.

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