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Living Libraries


Remember that special teacher who taught you to love reading? 

We want to give that—and the opportunities that go with it—to kids in Peru.

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Living Libraries


Remember that special teacher who taught you to love reading? 

We want to give that—and the opportunities that go with it—to kids in Peru.

4 SCHOOLS - 30 TEACHERS - 560 KIDS

Living Libraries is a 3-year project aimed at breaking cycles of injustice in the education system in Arequipa. We work with under-resourced national schools to implement a library, train teachers better to teach reading, and work with kids and their families to make reading a part of everyday life. In 2017 we’re working with four elementary schools, 30 teachers, and 560 kids and their families.

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.
— Jacqueline Kennedy
The Living Libraries team, from left to right: Briana Froud (volunteer), Lucía Marquez (director of education), Nancy Lira (education development assistant), Megan McKinzie (founder)

The Living Libraries team, from left to right: Briana Froud (volunteer), Lucía Marquez (director of education), Nancy Lira (education development assistant), Megan McKinzie (founder)

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The Problem


is layered and cyclical

The Problem


is layered and cyclical

The needs Living Libraries meet are clear and urgent. It’s all about understanding literacy.

NO BOOKS

Peruvian national schools do not have libraries. Poor students who do not have access to books at home do not even have access to books at school. It is impossible for students to practice reading with enjoyable, age-appropriate books.

POOR COMPREHENSION

Few Peruvians read habitually for pleasure, and reading comprehension is much lower than the country’s technical literacy rate.  In the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment, Peru ranked 63rd of 70 countries in reading comprehension.

UNDER-RESOURCED

Peruvian national school teachers are often under-equipped to teach reading comprehension effectively and do not have professional development opportunities.

CUDA provides practical, effective, long-term solutions to these problems in schools throughout Arequipa.

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The Solution


is creative and multi-faceted

The Solution


is creative and multi-faceted

CUDA puts a library in a national school. Our team works with teachers, kids, and parents to create a love for reading. The result: communities are transformed—one story at a time.

The Library

Donations to CUDA provide books and materials to implement a library in a public school. The school provides the space and volunteers work with our team to paint walls, tables, chairs, and bookshelves. 

The process

Over the course of three years, CUDA’s Living Libraries team partners with Peruvian teachers to develop a reading program for the school. We work with kids, teachers, principals, and parents to teach new reading strategies.

The teachers

While our goal is to give kids better opportunities through education, the avenue for doing that long-term and sustainably is to work with teachers. Living Libraries gives teachers continuing education in reading strategies, ethics, and health to equip them to bless kids for the future.

The kids

Our vision of justice, wellbeing, and joy in the city is fleshed out when kids start to connect the dots from reading, to understanding what they are reading, to the rest of their education. Words on a page become living reality when a kid picks up a book and starts to read.

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Transforming communities


One story at a time

 

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Transforming communities


One story at a time

 

GIVE TODAY