Many of the children we serve lack access to books and lag behind in literacy. In recent years, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have built libraries at many of the children’s homes we serve, empowering hundreds of children to discover the joy of reading. This year, we hired a full-time literacy specialist to tutor the children and we opened a library on the campus of Manantial de Amor Children’s Home. Now, the children are eager to explore the world through the joy of reading!
“The children were so excited to go into the library for the first time. They shouted, ‘Look at all the books!’ and ‘I can’t believe this is for us!’ They are thrilled to have a library space to call their own,” says Back2Back field staff, Hope Garcia. The children meet regularly for reading groups, library time and individualized coaching with our literary specialist, Lucia. By focusing on literacy development, the children will have a greater chance of academic success in the future.