Solidaridad was founded in 2016 and serves a growing community of Nicaraguan families and individuals who have recently moved to the area in hopes of a better future for themselves and their families. Our partner, AMNLAE, serves this community's housing and community needs. They had a FBTB library space pre-planned within El Pantanal's newly constructed community center, ready to house a bustling library. Furthermore, AMNLAE plans to dedicate a library space within every new community they serve.
The El Pantanal library is housed in a local school and is completely run by teachers, serving both students and faculty. Before the creation of this library, the teachers from 4 surrounding schools gathered around a single set of text books to create all lesson plans and hand copy lesson content.
La Biblioteca Paraiso del Nino is a truly bustling center for local readers, learners and leaders. Since its creation in 2008, 3 of its avid young library members have gone off to university. This library has very active involvement from the local school teachers, AMLAE, and the local high school students who take responsibility for its management and maintenance.
La Laguna was an "inspiration library". It was created out of pure inspiration from our El Fortin library. Although this is one of our newest projects, La Laguna is eager for the future and has dedicated a small building to their future library, entitled "Biblioteca" in anticipation of FBTB's support.
SANTO TOMAS LA UNION
Santo Tomas serves the most Mayan residents of all of our libraries. In the hills of Guatemala, the Biblioteca Santo Tomas serves the needs of the rural community with text books and Mayan language books. Please remember, there are still 500K Mayans whose first language is Mayan, within one of the 36 Mayan dialects.
Jun Toj elementary school is located in the mountain village of Rabinal, several hours from Guatemala City. FBTB supports this bi-cultural elementary school by supplying children's books both in Spanish and Achi, the area's native Mayan language.
The El Estor library serves a bi-cultural community in eastern Guatemala. Although most of the school children and residents speak Mayan as their first language, many of the children are very motivated to study and learn Spanish in order to pursue opportunities in the city. FBTB strives to promote the Mayan culture and language where ever we can. Therefore, purchasing books published in Mayan is a top priority.