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  • Rosita opened a library in Antígua, Guatemala, especially for the poorest children in the area: parents and children can attend to read books, lend books, listen to books being read or take part in workshops. Children are given meals.

    Since Rosita and I have connected I have given her my illustrated stories to use and she immediately did and I am enchanted, because that gives meaning to my life and hers and makes a few people happy....

    Yesterday she wrote me this:

    Now some news of what we are doing with what you gave us... and of the library as well.

    I printed the three books in a big format (cabeza, monstruos and arbol). Vynil autoadherible, and pasted them in plywood. The quality of the colors is great!

    Cabeza is already in the outside wall of the library.

    You would love to see how people stop to read it.

    And its appeals to the small ones, but to the adults as well.

    The oldies stop their motorcycles and bicycles and fall in love with it.

    This is a big discovery... adults love “cuentos”... they were never exposed to them before, and they enjoy them as much as the kids.

    So instead of hanging all of them at the same time, I will give a month and introduce them to your story of arboles.... and then in two months time, I will do the same with monstruos.

    Regarding the stories in a smaller format, I thing it’s a great thing to print it in a smaller format.

    Budget wise it makes sense because then I can give one to each of the 10 school were working with, and leave it there as a present.

    Our attendance to the library has increased... around 20-40 kids every afternoon.

    We are providing them with fruit and “tortas” on a random basis.

    In the meantime were building a second area on top of the marsh, being very respectful with the environment.

    As it always happens, researching the area, Ive found that it is located in the “tierras altas mayan territory”.

    There is always the question of who populated these areas... well there is evidence of pre clasic temples and pottery.... which brings us to 1500-1200 BC.

    I am in the process of bringing the bits and ends of what I have found into a coherent story... why?

    Well, in a country like ours were there's discrimination of all sorts, Ive found that these stories are great to reinforce our roots and pride. I will share it with you, but Im afraid it wont be in the short term.

    As a family we adopted (figuratively) these two bright kids. They are bright as little stars, so we are sponsoring them with a full beca in a nice bilingual school in Antigua. The kids are exited... they are a bit behind the group, and are struggling with English, but Im confident they will get it soon. Its funny how we forget... cant remember going through the hassle of buying so many books, materials, uniforms and the zillion little details schools ask today... maybe when our kids were smaller (I have 2... adults now) everything was simpler... maybe I just gave a delete from my mind.

    Canvasses imrinted with Kiki´s stories
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