Who We Are

Pathways to Global Literacy promotes literacy through establishing and supporting libraries in developing countries.  These libraries are more than “rooms holding books,” but also create space for health and vocational skills training, information sharing, and community gathering, which we hope will ultimately reduce poverty.  Thus, we seek to increase literacy and access to reading materials for children and adults in developing countries, recognizing that this can affect broader community development as well.

Because we have 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit, we continue to seek funds to expand our work and continue building relationships.  Working with local partners is key to our success, and without their partnership and support, no work we do will be sustainable.  Thus funds we receive go directly to our projects, with very little overhead.

The core of Pathways’ work is carried out by talented, dynamic partners.  In Gaspar Hernandez, we are fortunate to have excellent librarians helping to maintain and grow the library.  It is their day-to-day commitment, vision and dedication that makes it such a success!  In the US, Rose and Nancy conceived of and grew the library project over the years, and are constantly working to find more materials and to expand the capacity of the library to reach more children and improve literacy in the community.  Rose, Nancy and the librarians have worked tirelessly to make it accessible to as many children as possible!

Mission Statement

 Pathways to Global Literacy seeks to improve literacy in developing countries by creating libraries as spaces for educational opportunities, vocational training, community gathering and other opportunities.  It recognizes that libraries can be a key factor in creating opportunities for children, women and marginalized groups to learn to read.  It is these opportunities that may help reduce poverty and increase development.

Vision Statement

The vision of Pathways to Global Literacy is a world where all children have access to books, and can learn to love reading, ultimately bettering their life opportunities and improving their local communities.

Overarching Goal Areas/Thematic Areas of Reach

  • Literacy/educational opportunities
  • Literacy and education help reduce poverty, which also relates to a range of issue areas, including health issues, community stabilization, and overall development.
  • Community development/empowerment
  • Assistance to vulnerable groups
  • Increased awareness and understanding of local, national and global situations, as well as history, arts, science and other subjects through information sharing (via books and other materials)

Specific Goals

  • Establish libraries in developing countries through partnership with local organizations and leaders.
  • Utilize these libraries as more than just “rooms with books,” but as community centers where health, literacy, and various life skills can be taught.
  • Encourage literacy for all people of all ages, focusing specifically on disadvantaged groups, women and children.
  • Build partnerships with people and organizations, encouraging them to take ownership of the opportunities libraries present in ways that make sense in their local context, thus being careful not to impose or force American ways of doing things.  We are well-aware that without partnerships on the ground, any efforts are in vain, and are likely to fail.

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