EDUCATION

Community Library

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What’s it all about?

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.

How can you help?

  1. Donate for the acquisition of the Library bus Bus through our Global Giving campaign, so we can bring the library to other villages in Jama.
  2. Donate books and educational material (books should be in good condition and should not contain  violent or sexist views).
  3.  Sign up as a volunteer for the Intercultural Program: Knowledge exchange, English as a second language, Math, Homework assistance, or the active reading program. We also need help to do activities like capoeira, theater, painting, acrobatics, sports, etc…

Library Bus

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What’s it all about?

The Library bus is an extension of the library service in Don Juan, which will visit isolated communities in Jama county, offering the same programs in a scheduled basis. Currently A mano Manaba has been able to visit these communities using Rut and Esteban’s pickup truck. The unaccessible dirt roads, specially during rainy season push towards the urgent need for this service in order to connect neighboring communities through books and learning programs.

The Library bus will replicate all the educational programs offered in Don Juan and will extend training focused on health, community leadership, conservation and sustainability, local organization and identity.

How can you help?

    1. Donate for the acquisition of the Library bus Bus through our Global Giving campaign: 
    1. Donate books and educational material (books should be in good condition avoiding violent or sexist content).
    1. Sign up as a volunteer for the Intercultural Program: Knowledge exchange, English as a second language, homework help, sports, crafts or the active reading program.

Training for rural teachers and educators

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What’s it all about?

Teachers from Jama county are always looking to better their pedagogical habilites. Through this program, A mano Manaba, together with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Education and the Educational Division of Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar offer an oficial Teacher Training program.

Through a continuous education program we offer workshops and modules in: academic writing for teachers; resources for the integration of intercultural practices in the classroom; reading and writing workshops for primary and secondary education; training in aesthetic education for rural teachers. We also offer training in research through the creation of groups that investigate common themes.

How can you help?

  1. Sign-up as a volunteer for the Intercultural Program: Knowledge exchange and assistance in organizing the participation calendar with Jama’s teachers or tell us what skills or knowledge you would like to share with the teachers.