Rotary International recognizes September as Literacy and Education month and one of the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary is the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP). Over the years, Rotary International has invested about $3 million in the program and has helped more than 225,000 children.
 
 
 
The Guatemala Literacy Program 
Rotary International recognizes September as Literacy and Education month and one of the largest grassroots, multi-club, multi-district projects in Rotary is the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP). Over the years, Rotary International has invested about $3 million in the program and has helped more than 225,000 children.
 
This achievement is due to the more than 600 clubs and 80 districts that have been working together since 1997 to improve education for underserved students Guatemala. The program has served these students and teachers through four sustainable programs that are tested and proven to work:
  • The Reading Program trains teachers in effective reading instruction and provides them with quality children’s literature.
  • The Textbook Program provides textbooks to middle schools and trains teachers to use them effectively in the classroom.
  • The Computer Program teaches students to solve real-world problems so they can secure better jobs.
  • The Rise Youth Development Program transforms young lives through youth development, social support, and scholarships. 
The Rotary Club of Coeur d’Alene has been an invaluable partner in this work since 2001, contributing to and hosting GLP Global Grants and sending 14 Coeur d’Alene Rotary members to Guatemala over the years to see the programs for themselves. 
 
Most recently, the Coeur d’Alene Rotary Club donated $5,000 to the project, which was matched with $2,500 in grant funds by the Rotary International Foundation. These funding efforts continue to help bring life-changing educational programs to more than 7,600 students and teachers in rural Guatemala. Serving our community and our world, together we transform lives.