On June 16th, www.globalgiving.com matched 50% of every donation that was made that day. It was incredibly successful! The Academy raised a total of $23,000 to help fund the construction of the first community library in the region, which will be located on the newly constructed third floor of the school. Most Guatemalans are restricted from obtaining a quality education because of how severe the lack of access to books are. Books are taxed beyond the reach of 75% of the impoverished population, making it difficult to engender literacy in low-income children. The Academy’s vision for constructing the community library is to create after-school reading programs, reading exchanges with students abroad, and use library resources and space for community and cultural events. With all of these initiatives, the Asturias Academy will foster an environment that promotes a love of reading. Thank you to all our generous donors for helping make this a reality!