NGO Coalition Improves Reading Habits and Child Development in Colonia Allende | San Miguel de Allende | Atención San Miguel
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NGO Coalition Improves Reading Habits and Child Development in Colonia Allende

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By Diana Huerta

Last August, volunteers from several local programs were once again in the Allende neighborhood to resume social intervention activities with children ranging from infants to teenagers.

Organizations participating in these activities included the Biblioteca, Educación para la Libertad e Igualdad de Género Integrando Redes (ELEGIR), Programa en Salud Comunitaria (PSC), Centro para Adolescentes de San Miguel (CASA), and CASA’s Ranchero Pandillero program.

La Biblioteca’s new initiative, Biblioteca Móvil (Mobile Library), provided a puppet-making workshop using old buttons, socks, and yarn provided by volunteers and cardboard, foam, silicon, paints, and various brushes provided by the Rosario Castellanos Library. Children and teenagers used these materials to make several puppets of different colors and dimensions, which achieved the activity’s goals of developing the children’s fine motor skills, innovation, and creativity.

Other activities that day included street-painting activities led by Ranchero Pandillero, informative talks, and distribution of condoms and beauty/self-care products to mothers.

After the activities, participants shared a brief meal, with candies distributed afterward.

A volunteer, Señora Diana, announced with a group of mothers from the neighborhood that they would make available a space for a community library to be installed. The women also provided the nonprofit organizations with feedback on behalf of the Allende community, recognizing the work they had done and reporting that the mobile library is being regularly lent to young readers, that reading habits are increasing among the community, and that a permanent space will soon be needed.

If you want us to visit your neighborhood or community, write, call, or visit us at Santa Julia 15, Santa Julia. You can reach us at 415 154 60 90 or 415 154 60 60. For more information, contact Outreach Director Miriam Garduño Pacheco at You can also visit


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