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Update on Guatemala Libraries Project

A few weeks ago I alerted Ehell blog readers of the opportunity to directly impact a rural Guatemalan school and community by donating books.   With an extremely high illiteracy rate and few Spanish language reading materials,  the Agua Viva Libraries Project Amazon Wish List was created to facilitate donations to establish libraries in the children’s home, school and local community.

I am happy to report  that after that blog post was published, Misi (the libraries project coordinator) reported a large and unexpected (Misi did not know I had published the school’s need) upsurge in book donations from people who had not previously donated and which we attribute to Ehellions.

There are still 98 books on the Wish List so if you would love to introduce a child to the wonders of reading, there are still opportunities for as little as $4.00.    Amazon Wish List

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  • Skaramouche November 23, 2015, 8:48 am

    Not sure if it’s just me but I can’t figure out where to ship these!

    • admin November 23, 2015, 12:57 pm

      During check out, is there not an address option for “Agua Viva Library Program’s Gift Registry Address”? Once you choose which address you want to sent to, then the check out allows you go forward with payment options.

      • Skaramouche November 24, 2015, 8:43 am

        Sadly not. Instead, I received a message about some vendors not sharing their address and that I should find an alternate means of shipping. I could only see my own address.

        Just tried again though, for a different book and now I see the correct option 🙂

        • Kelli November 30, 2015, 2:44 pm

          I’m having the same issue with the address. I have 3 books sitting in the cart, just waiting to be purchased and sent, but I don’t get the address on the pull down menu.

          • admin November 30, 2015, 3:16 pm

            I believe the problem is with 3rd party sellers. I alerted Misi to the problem and I thought she had fixed it. Have you tried only buying the Amazon Prime books? I haven’t had a problem with the address drop down option with the books offered via Amazon Prime. Misi added almost 80 new books just yesterday so there is a wide choice of books to be donated. Let me now if this still does not work and I’ll privately send you the address.

          • Kelli November 30, 2015, 3:40 pm

            I don’t know what I did, but I added a second copy of a book and got the pull down that showed the address for the Agua Viva Library program. So, three books are on their way!

  • DandSoph November 23, 2015, 1:35 pm

    Thank you so much for making me aware of this–I just sent a book and feel great about being able to help. Great cause!

    • admin November 23, 2015, 1:49 pm

      It’s a project that has long reaching, positive consequences well into the future. And thank you for donating a book. I have to admit that I leaped at the chance to get the children’s classics like Stuart Little (the original,not the stupid one based on the movie), Charlotte’s Web, Cricket in Times Square, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because every child should meet Stuart, Charlotte, Wilbur and Charlie.

  • TraceM November 23, 2015, 2:37 pm

    Thank you for providing this information. What a wonderful opportunity to encourage reading!

  • jenniferjo November 23, 2015, 6:33 pm

    This is so cool!

    Note: If you use smile.amazon.com, here’s how to access the wish list:
    1. Click the wish list link provided.
    2. In the address bar, delete the www and replace it with the word smile. Make sure there is a period between “smile” and “amazon.”

  • jenniferjo November 23, 2015, 11:10 pm

    Or I guess I could have just posted the darn link. LOL

    https://smile.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/DCN4IMJYMGL6/ref=cm_sw_su_w

  • Maxie November 24, 2015, 6:36 pm

    Thank you for this very timely post! My daughter was adopted from Guatemala, and she was very excited about this opportunity to send a book to a child there – maybe even her own half – brother or sister would somehow get to read a book she sent. (No, I don’t think that would happen, but my daughter is little and that made it “real” to her.)

  • Eppie November 25, 2015, 9:40 am

    I just sent them one of the books they listed as high priority – I’m guessing it is part of a popular series. Thanks for sharing!

  • Susan November 25, 2015, 1:12 pm

    My daughter is adopted from Guatemala so this is a great cause for us!

  • Agua Viva November 25, 2015, 1:51 pm

    We just wanted to say thank you to all the Ehellions who participated in the Agua Viva Library Project. 34 books and counting have come in directly from you all! We are so excited to have you all partnering with us to provide fun and educational reading materials to our libraries here at the home, at our school and out in our local community. We have a vision to fight poverty here in Guatemala through education and this reading program is a large part of making this possible so Thank You!!!

    • admin November 25, 2015, 3:24 pm

      The count stands at 42 books as of this afternoon.

  • tiaret November 27, 2015, 6:54 pm

    I was able to send 2 off their list today. I was glad to see some classics, Wish I could do more.

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