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Welcome to the Child Aid Pressroom. For media inquiries, please email Nancy Press, or contact her by phone at 503-223-3008.

Who We Are and What We Do

Our mission is development through literacy.

We focus on rural villages where illiteracy is disproportionately affecting indigenous people.

We achieve this mission through an integrated, three-year program that provides teacher training, librarian training, and the distribution of over $500,000 in Spanish language books to schools and libraries.

Utilizing best practices proven effective in developing countries, we have third party evaluations confirming fidelity to our program design.

As these programs spread and more partnerships are made at administrative levels within the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, we seek to impact systemic change in teacher training methods and expectations through the effective grassroots advocacy of our Guatemalan students, parents, teachers, principals, school administrators and civic leaders.

Every year of school that a child completes represents an estimated 13 percent increase in their future annual income. Education improves maternal, child and family health. It slows the spread of HIV/AIDS, decreases violent crime and improves the overall economic health of communities. We know of no other approach to alleviating poverty that has an impact this broad and long lasting.

Child Aid’s mission is to create opportunity for Latin America’s rural and indigenous poor through childhood literacy programs. Its innovative work in rural villages is creating a new generation of teachers and librarians who are transforming education in their communities. Working in partnership with over 50 towns and villages, Child Aid helps thousands of children learn to read, and provides effective, ongoing literacy training to hundreds of rural teachers and librarians. Child Aid also distributes tens of thousands of Spanish-language children’s books to partner schools and libraries in impoverished communities throughout Guatemala.


When covering Child Aid, reporters are free to use the following photos and captions. Please let us know if you use them or if there are others on the website that we can provide for you.

  • Carlos Pos Ben, a Child Aid Literacy Trainer, reads to children in Kaqchikel, the indigenous language of Las Canoas, Guatemala. He is showing the librarian how to engage children in a story, using Kaqchikel and Spanish, during a training session.
  • Children in the village of Santa Catarina Palopó, Guatemala, read independently during an after-school reading program created with Child Aid's support.
  • Child Aid Literacy Trainer, Rosenda Ajpacajá Ramos (center), works with teachers in the remote village of Xojolá during a training session. Child Aid provides ongoing literacy training to teachers in nearly 40 neglected rural schools in Guatemala.
  • Each year, Child Aid delivers tens of thousands of Spanish-language children's books to Guatemala and works with librarians like Antonia Choc (pictured) to distribute them to neglected schools and libraries.
  • By training rural teachers like Gersón Barreno (pictured), Child Aid helps children who live in extreme poverty improve their reading and writing skills so they can create better lives when they grow up.
  • Hermelinda Teleguario (right) is a Child Aid intern who is learning how to promote reading in a rural girls club in the remote village of El Llano, Guatemala.