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Rotary Partners  

Cooperative for Education enjoys an 18-year partnership with Rotary International, called the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP). The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is an initiative to provide badly needed textbooks, reading materials, and computer centers to underprivileged children in Guatemala.

Each year, Rotarians organize a coalition of U.S., Canadian, and international clubs to join CoEd in supporting these projects in Guatemala. The Project has been supported by more than 470 clubs around the world.

The Guatemala Literacy Project matches Rotary clubs in North America with needy schools in Guatemala. These clubs raise funds to purchase textbooks, library materials and/or computers. Contributions typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. 100% of funds collected go to the hard costs of the project. Not a cent goes to administration or fundraising.

The project is implemented jointly by North American and Guatemalan Rotary clubs & districts and Cooperative for Education. The GLP provides holistic and sustainable support to the communities it serves through separate, but complementary, programs:

     

Self-Sufficiency Component

The most innovative aspect of these projects is that they are financially self-sufficient. Rental programs are set up in each school in which students pay the school a small fee to use a set of textbooks and/or the computer centers. This creates a fund for replacing the books and computers as they wear out.

Benefits

General Project Statistics

Rotary clubs that have contributed since project began in 1996 477
Schools that have GLP textbooks 184
Textbooks in circulation (approximate) 138,372
Students benefiting from the Textbook Project 25,364
Computer Centers 43
Students benefiting from the Computer Centers Project 12,247
Schools that have received Culture of Reading Program (CORP) training & materials 62
Students benefiting from CORP 13,392
CORP books in circulation 70,021
Teachers trained by CORP 502
Total students helped through our Scholarship & Youth Development Program 363
Total Rotary volunteers on trips to Guatemala 257