By Guy Vital-Herne; Edited by Leanna Cappiello
Children gather at the reading club to improve their reading and social skills.
In rural Haiti, books are not readily available in the communities, and children don't have many opportunities to practice reading. Then, the reading club was created.
Every week, children in the community meet with volunteers to improve their reading skills. These reading clubs, a total of five in this community, host 25 children and entertain them with songs, poetry and reading.
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Eight-year-old Lody is in second grade. "I came here to read. Here they teach us songs and we read," she says.
Witchlove is 13 years old. At such a young age, she is already aware that reading is really important if you want to build a bright future.
Ensuring that children can read in early grades often determines their future educational success, opening the door to greater economic opportunities in adulthood. Volunteer trained on reading techniques help children understand what they read.
Heradson enjoys learning through the pages of books that are made available to them every week. "My reading has improved and I have learned a lot through the books I have read so far at the club," he says.
There are now five clubs running in the local rural community, helping children improve their abilities and increasing their knowledge.