Despite the constant undercurrent of poverty and gang activity in the community, the library continues to provide a safe place for kids to get extra help with homework and access to books which are almost non-existent in their homes and classrooms.
If you teach a child to read and love books, you change a life forever. Literacy is central to poverty reduction, improving health and well-being, and providing a pathway to further education and sustainable employment. Besides the UPAVIM Community Library, the closest public library is the national library across Guatemala City in Zone 1. Although the national library operates a book mobile, it only goes out into the countryside and not into urban “book deserts.” Most children in La Esperanza have no books in their homes and very limited resources in their public school. The UPAVIM Community library provides the priceless gift of books to children and families who would otherwise not have any access.