Buy a Book for an Ojalá Niño this Season
By Elsmarie Norby
Believing that true education comes from our inherent curiosity to explore, discover, and learn, and that reading is the power source for education, Ojalá Niños offers this opportunity to more than 100 indigenous children in the rural community of San Miguel Viejo.
Literacy is a very important part of the alternative education program for these children. Many don’t attend school at all. Most children leave school after sixth grade, and some still can’t read or write. The few who continue often leave before getting to high school. Most children were never read to as infants and have never read a book! Literary skills in their own language are very lacking for their future.
The Ojalá Niños program offers these skills to all of our children with support from the San Miguel Literary Sala and Libros para Todos. The latter provides a special book once a year to more than 500 children in rural communities, by a famous living author, who later comes to San Miguel to meet the children and sign their books. This is a wonderful experience, and we want to keep providing good, interesting, exciting reading to our adolescents and teens all year long.
This holiday season, Ojalá Niños would like to buy 40 different books especially written for young readers, as their Three Kings gift on January 6. Our goal is to raise 4,000 pesos with your help. We must travel to a large city in order to find this kind of selection at reasonable prices. We’re asking you to donate 50 or 100 pesos to “buy a book” for an Ojalá Niño this season. If you don’t run into an Ojalá elf asking for this donation, you can bring it to Café Monet on Zacateros near the Barrio de la Aldea. There will be a box on the counter that says Buy a Book for an Ojalá Niño. There will be another box at the La Conexion office behind the café.
To help, volunteer, or give more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website www.ojala-ninos.org and “like” Ojalá Niños on Facebook. Wishing you all the blessings of good health and warm fellowship.