Cooperative for Education enjoys an 18-year partnership with Rotary International, called the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP). The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is an initiative to provide badly needed textbooks, reading materials, and computer centers to underprivileged children in Guatemala.
Each year, Rotarians organize a coalition of U.S., Canadian, and international clubs to join CoEd in supporting these projects in Guatemala. The Project has been supported by more than 470 clubs around the world.
- See a list of the clubs that have supported the GLP.
- See a list of individual Rotarians leading the project.
The Guatemala Literacy Project matches Rotary clubs in North America with needy schools in Guatemala. These clubs raise funds to purchase textbooks, library materials and/or computers. Contributions typically range from $1,000 to $5,000. 100% of funds collected go to the hard costs of the project. Not a cent goes to administration or fundraising.
The project is implemented jointly by North American and Guatemalan Rotary clubs & districts and Cooperative for Education. The GLP provides holistic and sustainable support to the communities it serves through separate, but complementary, programs:
The most innovative aspect of these projects is that they are financially self-sufficient. Rental programs are set up in each school in which students pay the school a small fee to use a set of textbooks and/or the computer centers. This creates a fund for replacing the books and computers as they wear out.
- Empowers local people to help themselves. It's not a “giveaway.”
- Is self-sustaining after initial investment.
- Improves grades by up to 30% and the overall quality of education by 70%. (Read more project results.)
- Matches Cooperative for Education (CoEd)’s 20 years of experience in the region with the international fundraising potential of Rotary clubs.
- Benefits a rural, indigenous population, historically the target of discrimination and marginalization. (Read more about the challenges facing indigenous Mayans in Guatemala.)
- Enjoys strong relationships with Rotary clubs in Guatemala that oversee the projects.
- Not a cent of the money raised goes toward administration or fundraising.
- Gives “Guatemala Literacy Fellow” credit.
General Project Statistics
|Rotary clubs that have contributed since project began in 1996||477|
|Schools that have GLP textbooks||184|
|Textbooks in circulation (approximate)||138,372|
|Students benefiting from the Textbook Project||25,364|
|Students benefiting from the Computer Centers Project||12,247|
|Schools that have received Culture of Reading Program (CORP) training & materials||62|
|Students benefiting from CORP||13,392|
|CORP books in circulation||70,021|
|Teachers trained by CORP||502|
|Total students helped through our Scholarship & Youth Development Program||363|
|Total Rotary volunteers on trips to Guatemala||257|