Solidaridad was founded in 2016 and serves a growing community of Nicaraguan families and individuals who recently moved to the area in hopes of a better future for themselves and their families. Our partner, AMNLAE, attends to this community's housing and community needs. AMNLAE had an FBTB space pre-planned, ready to house a bustling library, within El Pantanal's newly constructed community center. Furthermore, they intend to dedicate a library space within every new community they serve.
El Pantanal library is housed in a local school and is completely run by teachers, serving both students and faculty. Before this library was created, the teachers from four surrounding schools would gather around a single set of textbooks to create all lesson plans and hand copy lesson content.
La Biblioteca Paraíso del Nino is a truly bustling center for local readers, learners, and leaders. Since it was established in 2008, three of its avid young library members have gone off to university. This library has a very active membership that includes AMNLAE, local school teachers, and local high school students, who take responsibility for its management and maintenance.
La Laguna is an "inspiration library" modeled on our library at El Fortín. Although one of our newest projects, La Laguna is eager for the future and has dedicated a small building to their library, named "Biblioteca Frankfurt," in anticipation of FBTB's support.
SANTO TOMAS LA UNION
Of all our libraries, Biblioteca Santo Tomás serves the most Mayan residents. Located in the hills of Guatemala, Santo Tomás meets the learning needs of the rural community with textbooks and Mayan language books. Five thousand Mayans still speak Mayan as their first language within one of 36 Mayan dialects.
Jun Toj elementary school is located in the mountain village of Rabinal, several hours from Guatemala City. FBTB supports this bicultural elementary school by supplying children's books both in Spanish and Achí, the area's native Mayan language.
El Estor library serves a bicultural community in eastern Guatemala. Although most of the schoolchildren 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 wherever we can, so purchasing books published in Mayan is a top priority.