Most rural Latin American Children have little in the way of resources for education and some do not even have access to school of any form. The Villages of Yanama, Totora and the La Playa do have basic schooling facilities but very little in the way of schoolbooks and certainly not a library. In many schools the only book available to read is the one being used and sometimes brought by the teacher. Government support is limited under normal circumstances and exacerbated where villages have remote locations, as is the situation here.
Machete Tours has begun a project to supply useful books in English, Basic Spanish and Quechua to the schools of this area. The project is named after the famous Danish writer of children’s fairytales, Hans Christian Anderson, author of such legendary tales as The Ugly Duckling, The Little Mermaid and the Steadfast Tin Soldier. Books have already been delivered to Yakama School, a small learning institution that provides education for children ranging from 5 to 14 years of age.
In addition to providing the books themselves to these communities Machete Tours is also aiding with a programme to build library/study rooms for children at these schools. This is an important step given the generally limited space available for students in the teaching centres.
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