Feel Good Friday – The Joy of Reading Made Possible By Ehellions!

by admin on April 28, 2017

One of EHell’s perennial charitable activities is to raise funds/donations for books to stock three libraries in the town of Chimaltenango, Guatemala.   You can read more about our latest book drive in October 2016 HERE and how your donations of books change lives for years to come.

Etiquette Hell.com and EHellions have donated over 140 books since October 2016 and I thought you all would like to see a small example of the fruit of those donations.

This is the first, and I believe the only, Human Anatomy book in the entire town.   Ehell sent 3 copies!  Evelyn on the far left wants to be a doctor and the joy of having books that help her towards that goal is evident in her eyes.

In the video and photo below, the girls are reading fiction books donated in 2015.  Consider that Guatemala has an illiteracy rate of 80%, scenes such as this are great to see!

UPDATE!      YEA!   We wiped out the Science Book Amazon Wish List completely!   Thank you everyone!  A large shipment of books is scheduled to be delivered this summer and we are SOOOO close to donating 100% of the science books on the Amazon Wish List.  Just 3 left!    We can do it!  Wipe out that Wish List completely!  We can’t change the whole world but we can certainly change a teeny, tiny spot.

You can view the wish list here: https://amzn.com/w/1LO4RMEDV4C5U

When you purchase the book(s), the check out steps should prompt you where to ship them with the option “Agua Viva Library Program’s Gift Registry Address”.

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Mustard April 28, 2017 at 3:47 am

Thanks for the update; it’s a wonderful idea.

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Ally Nield April 28, 2017 at 8:45 am

I just bought one of the books from the list! Seeing the kids being so exciting about reading just makes me happy and my heart warm.

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admin April 28, 2017 at 8:51 am

YEA!

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Quasarlicious April 28, 2017 at 12:07 pm

I just ordered two of them. I love to see books and kids together!

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ALG April 29, 2017 at 7:39 am

I just ordered two books for them… one of the literary ones and the one on polar bears (seems appropriate given that I live in Canada… though nowhere near the Artic).

This kind of cause is near and dear to me. I’m a speech pathologist that works with school-aged kids, so promoting literacy is something I feel strongly about. Aditionally, my father has done a lot of work to send veterinary books to developing countries (he’s a retired vet medicine prof) and to promote education internationally.

This is a wonderful cause! Thanks for posting an update and allowing me to help out.

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admin April 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Thank you! Literacy for children is a cause very dear to me, too. In 2015 Ehell focused on donating classic children’s literature like Charlotte’s Web, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,Stuart Little (I LOVE Stuart), Cricket In Times Square, the Little House series, White Fang, Black Beauty, Misty of Chincoteague, etc., etc. It’s been tough at times to find Spanish language books.

Guatemala has a sad history of civil war that ended in the late 1990’s. During that war the military government engaged in genocide of the indigenous Mayan indians, wiped out over 600 villages and to this day mass graves are still being found containing the bodies of only women and children. The illiteracy rate is the highest among the rural towns and particularly among the Mayans. I was stunned to hear that the school has no library at all and the town of 43,000 has never had a library. It’s nigh on impossible to change the world and if you try, you’ll only discourage yourself with the enormity of the task. But changing a tiny speck on the world map is doable. Someday Ehell will discontinue but the legacy of literacy in Guatemala will go on for decades.

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Charlotte Morden April 29, 2017 at 12:41 pm

I just bought one of the books! Let’s get those kids some knowledge!!

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admin April 29, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Thank you!

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Rose Lloyd May 2, 2017 at 12:38 pm

Thank you for posting these photos. It does my heart good to see the children enjoying the books.

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Klein Bottle May 5, 2017 at 10:14 am

This makes me very happy. I’m in the process of helping a friend put together a library for two kids she’s fostering, nieces whose parents aren’t able to care for them at this time. It’s been a lot of fun, and I know the little girls will enjoy many hours of reading. Seeing kids read is one of the most joyful things in life!

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