Leading Lady for Literacy in El Pital

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Lourdes Ponce, an El Pital resident, believes in literacy access for all individuals, despite their age or capacity. She has been a leading advocator for literacy development in her community for years. She participated in the very first library trainings given by the Reicken Foundation in 2009; she helped launch the first ever bibliobandido visit back in 2010; and she has served as president and vice president of the board of directors of the library project for multiple years. With dreams of a real library still far on the horizon, Lourdes wanted to make literacy programming regularly available in her community by opening a temporary library space, where individuals can could receive literacy support and access resources during after-school hours. With the help of Un Mundo, Lourdes and other committed citizens have been volunteering their time since May 2014 to make this space available to the local community.

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In 2015, with support increasing for the library program, Lourdes has been hired as the first community librarian, and will be continuing to make literacy resources and tutoring available 5 days a week in the temporary library space. Additionally, Lourdes has three new literacy promoters who will be promoting literacy in 3 of the most remote schools in the region through our mobile library program bibliobandido during the 2015 academic year.

Quote: “The library program is strengthening capacity and behavior in local children. I myself, as the librarian have acquired knowledge and skills that I didn’t even know I had, which in itself has improved my own self-esteem.”

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