This project was started by James Madden, a neighbor in Don Juan who in 2003 built in his house a small library for the kids of the community. After the earthquake his house was left completely destroyed and James decided to give it to A mano Manaba so as to construct the Intercultural Center. While the Intercultural Center was built, the Foundation operated under a precarious bamboo structure.
Today, the library has a collection of more than 3,000 books, and counting. Much of the bibliographic fund aimed to valuing what’s ours and to use reading and writing as tools for building a healthy self-esteem in Don Juan’s community. The new library gave live to other activities and current projects like homework help and the active reading program, the training program for rural teachers of Jama county and the project “A Day in the Library”, which, once a week, brings one local school class to the CIAMM.
A mano Manaba assists between 80 and 100 children each week. Since we oppened the new library, this figure continues to increase.