** Love One Another Right Now **

Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~ Margaret Meade

In a world where news of hate, corruption, greed and violence is so easily accessible, it is important for us to remember that despite all that can and does go wrong, people are good, we can do good and we can make a difference. Each of us may choose to make a positive impact in a different way, as long as we are striving to make our positive impact we can know that we are making a difference. For some of us we struggle to find a way or a place to direct our energy toward. We want to help, we are willing to roll up our sleeves and make a difference we just don’t know where. For every positive you hear about a non-profit there can always be doubt, how do I know that the effort and time or money I am dedicating to a cause is really reaching the people who need the help. If you are looking for a orginization to give your time, or money to please learn more about Reading Village. Reading Village is a non-profit that is working to promote literacy in Guatemala. For those of you who follow my blog you will remember that I have posted about them in the past, that is because Reading Village is awesome! You may ask, what makes Reading Village so awesome, why should I choose them over another non-profit and why do the children in Guatemala deserve to have my help when there are many children in our own communities that are struggling…. so my friends, here are the answers to those questions.

1. Reading Village is awesome because it has a program that is like no other. It is a program that will become a model for all other programs in the future. It creates  a life for children in rural Guatemala that they would not otherwise have. These children are learning to become community leaders while the younger ones in the village are being tought the love of reading. With this program children in rural Guatemala are realizing for the first time ever, that they have unlimited potential. Linda the founder of Reading Village dedicates herself to the organization  insuring that  it is a success. She believes in the children, families and communities that she works in and believing in what you do make a difference. Reading Village is awesome because it has an amazing, strong and successful leader at its helm that knows how to navigate the sometimes bumpy and unpredictable road that a non-profit faces.

2. You should choose to support Reading Village because when you do you know that your work, time, or financial donation is making a difference.

3. There are children everywhere that are struggling and who and when to give to is a personal decision. For me, I feel that  I a citizen of a city,  a country, AND of the world. I feel that it is just as important for a child living in poverty in any part of the world to be supported. It is not important for them to be from my city, state or country. I am connected to all the people in the world because we are all people doing our best every day to make our lives the best we can for those we love. I feel that giving to the youth of Guatemala is giving to the world, giving youth the opportunity to become strong leaders that will make an impact in the years to come. Weather or not their impact affects me is not important, what is important is that they are given the ability to make a difference and they difference will make life better for someone else and this cycle will continue. You may not agree with me, and if so that is fine, if you choose to give your time and energy to a more local need great, just make sure you are getting out there and giving. Every bit helps make our world a better place. If you are unsure about where you want to make a difference, Linda at Reading Village has two upcoming events where you have the opportunity to go and learn more about the work she is doing. You can hear her talk (tonight, in about an hour… so I may be a little bit late on this one) at Changes in Latitude, see information below:

A LEARNING JOURNEY THROUGH GUAETEMALA — Tuesday, October 5th, 7pm @ Changes in Latitude (2525 Arapahoe Ave #H2a in Boulder)
Experience Guatemala and its people in a way that most tourists do not. Linda Smith of Reading Village, a Boulder-based non-profit that trains Guatemalan teens to be reading promoters, will guide us through the country on an intimate level.  In addition to exploring the country’s beautiful landscape with its stunning vistas of volcanoes and lakes, Mayan ruins and colorful indigenous markets, tonight we will step inside a community to experience traditional weaving, tortilla-making and the Kaqchikel language.  Reading Village brings travelers to Guatemala twice a year to tour the country and work alongside Maya youth in leading dynamic reading activities that promote a love and habit of reading in the children of their communities.  Tonight’s presentation will cover highlights from past visits.

If you are unable to make that discussion she will also be at the 29th Street Community Room on October 21st, see the details below:

A CONVERSATION WITH LINDA SMITH: READING VILLAGE — Thursday, October 21st, 5:30pm @ 29th Street Mall Community Room
Sponsored by BoldeReach, this will be a highly interactive conversation providing an inside view into the work of Reading Village to create a culture of reading in rural Mayan villages throughout Guatemala. Linda will share stories that illustrate some of Reading Village’s core strategies and practices.  Linda will also describe some of the key principles that guide Reading Village in empowering local youth and leaders to “own” literacy promotion efforts within their own community. (Mingling and refreshments from 5:30 to 6:00. Program begins at 6:00pm)

IMPORTANT: Reading Village is currently an applicant for a large grant from BoldeReach and it will help our cause immensely to have as many of you attend this free event as possible. I’d be grateful if you would do everything you can to try to attend on Oct 21st!… And bring a friend!

**post title thanks to The Young Bloods and their song Love One Another Right Now!!

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