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A library empowers girls and women in Manabí, Ecuador 

What's it all about:

Don Juan is a small fishing village on the coast of Ecuador, still untouched by mass tourism, its simple lifestyle balances time to the rhythm of the tide. Children, especially boys, run along the beach along with birds and stray dogs; while their mothers and sisters stay at home. Behind the surface of this idyllic landscape there are two things that are not expected to be seen: an ominous current of patriarchal domination that manifests itself in domestic violence; teenage pregnancy and child abuse; and its counterpart: a bamboo building that houses the Children's Library with 5,000 books, computers, games and resources to empower girls and women so that they can destabilize the conditions of subjection in this traditional environment. 

The Children's Library is run by the A mano manaba Foundation, a registered NGO that strives to improve the lives of girls and women on the north coast of Ecuador. The main purpose of all our programs is to empower young women aged 10 to 12. We believe they are the engine to change the gender inequality that marginalized their mothers. With your monthly contribution we can continue programs such as: reading remediation, a day at the Library, sports, art, environmental sciences. And, what is more, if you decide to join us, your support will allow us to start a program of Performative Arts and sports for girls: "Our bodies; our house". Through dance, acting, soccer, basketball, girls will shape their identity, acquiring agency over their silhouettes, controlling their body boundaries and channeling their power to decide what kind of life they want to lead. 

How can you help:

  1. With your help we can support the Children's Library in Don Juan with all its formal and informal educational programs. Our presence in this small town makes a difference for girls and boys who are learning through example and experience how to grow together in a respectful, kind and encouraging manner. 
  2. Within five years, having nurtured these girls with resources such as reading comprehension; environmental science; English; maths; sports; We hope to see the arts thrive, we hope to see them move on to university studies, open a business or take leadership roles within the community. Above all, we hope to see them treated in a caring and respectful way.