How to Help: Partner With Us
Partner With Us
Riecken Community Libraries engages and collaborates with numerous organizations and corporations as partners to leverage programs or resources for deployment through our library network. These partners are instrumental to the funding of work that we do and building awareness for our successes and our on-going need.
We are proud of our partner relationships and appreciate their support for the on-going needs of our libraries. Partnerships have been integral to our efforts. For example, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries Initiative provides a four-year institutional support grant, helping to develop the library association and programming costs.
Another great partnership has been through USAID with the Honduras Ministry of Education (MIDEH) in which funding is provided for some Riecken libraries to serve as complements to formal reading and math curriculum of the surrounding schools.
To continue to provide the kind of programming, technology, training and growth that the communities we work in need – and deserve – we invite ideas from donors, partners, investors and friends as we work to maximize the impact of our libraries.
BFB has worked with the Riecken Foundation for three years on individual projects to strengthen women’s leadership skills. Starting in 2015 BFB/Riecken will launch a broader women’s leadership program in five communities in Guatemala. The programs will provide financial literacy training and funding for concrete women lead development projects. All projects will be based out of the local Riecken library.
Each year Riecken Foundation board members and their contacts make significant contributions to support core costs and technology programming.
In 2012 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided a multi-year institutional grant to the Riecken Foundation to help strengthen foundation systems and goals.
Inherit works with five Riecken Libraries in Guatemala to strengthen cultural identity. Youth groups in each community use GPS devices and technology to map sacred and cultural sites. These maps are published and posted on the internet.
The International Foundation supported librarian training throughout the Riecken Library network. Specifically the International Foundation helped rural librarians learn about technology and its effective and creative uses.
The John Brown Family Foundation provided two years of funding to Riecken Community Libraries technology programs to help reduce the digital divide in rural Guatemala and to help establish systems to monitor and measure effective use of technology tools.
The Peterson Foundation
The Peterson Foundation works with Riecken libraries to promote the effective and creative use of technology to help improve quality of education in Honduran communities. The program is called Mas Alla de Clic (Beyond Click) and is in its third year. This valuable program helps reduce the digital divide.
The SG Foundation generously supports technology programs in Honduras. The SG Foundation grants helps provide educational programming and technology to Honduran youth via the Riecken libraries. SG is a supporter of urban programs in difficult situations in Honduras.
The Strachan Foundation works with Riecken Community Libraries to help reduce the digital divide and to improve educational technology programs in rural Honduras. The programs help develop technology skills in youth, teachers and local parents. The Strachan Foundation also works with youth and building leadership skills using technology.
Study.com supports the work of Riecken Community Libraries in Honduras and Guatemala, through the “Girl Readers, Girl Leaders” program, providing women and girls with books, technology, training and dynamic programs ranging from early childhood nutrition to leadership development to support for local entrepreneurs.
The United States Agency for International Development with projects from various áreas of the Honduran Ministry of Education have worked with together with the Riecken Community Libraries to improve the quality of education in Honduras. The join programs promote reading and writing for pleasure in schools from programs based in the community libraries.