Most of us don’t remember not being able to read. Having been taught at such a young age, we take the ability to deceiver shapes, turn them into sounds, words, then sentences for granted. And when reading is such a natural phenomenon you don’t realise how vital it is for surviving modern society. From instruction manuals, to newspapers, bank statements to school textbooks, being able to read enables you to progress.
Because if you can read, it is easier to learn; and when you are able to learn you can receive an education; and when you are educated, you can overcome any barriers that may be in your way and fulfil you potential. We believe that the ability to read, therefore, is a human right and as such should be available to all. Sadly, according to the World Literacy Foundation 57 million primary aged children all over the world are not in school, and 123 million young people are unable to read or write. In Chiapas, the state where Misión México is based, literacy rates are the lowest of the whole country.
We, therefore, take reading very seriously and we make sure that every child that comes through our door spends time with books. Because reading isn’t just about equipping our children with the tools they need to progress in school. It is about investing in a child’s imagination, giving them space to develop their creativity, and building their confidence and self-esteem. Books allow children who have lived through trauma a chance to enter new worlds, explore different possibilities and arrive at a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them. Plus, reading can be so much fun!
We are so grateful to be able to give our children access to a library of books donated to us from all over the world and now some of our children are now able to read in English and Spanish. In fact, reading is so important to us all that now the older children take the time to read with the younger ones, enabling them to build relationships with one another and learn what it is to care for and teach someone. Our volunteers all love bedtime because they have time to sit with the young ones and share a story before they sleep. Some of our most precious time revolves around reading and our books.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Misión México education programme and to everyone that has donated us books.
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For $40 USD per month you can become an education sponsor and help our young adults become the best they can be. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in becoming a sponsor.
Volunteer! Contact us via social media for more information on our volunteer role or apply at email@example.com if you’re 21 years and older and willing to commit for 8 weeks minimum.
Donate books! Message us today at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.