Point of Entry Library

Reading and Writing Programs for deported kids to El Salvador

ConTextos

Our story

We want to establish a library of 500 books at a migration center in San Salvador that serves as an entry point to the country for deported minors (Centro de Atención al Migrante).  The center receives 70 – 100 children per week who were detained in Mexico on their way to the United States.  Upon arrival, children and teenagers stay in the center and receive basic attention for 4 – 6 hours until a family representative picks them up. During this time, kids receive a basic hygiene kit and food and have an interview with government officials. There is also a small area to play and some old books. 

Our hope is to introduce a program that benefits both the children that pass through the Centro de Atención al Migrante and the staff and volunteers who work there, guaranteeing its sustainability across the constant flow of children.  We will work with staff and volunteers to facilitate reading and writing programs that give the children a moment to reflect before returning home.  In our workshops with volunteers and staff, we will also introduce techniques to help them process the emotional weight of their work.  Reading and writing activities are a powerful tool to create peaceful and meaningful dialogue, which is necessary for a positive rehabilitative space.  

Why it matters?

ConTextos will use literacy as a tool to mitigate violence and trauma, working with the underserved population of migrant unaccompanied minors sent back to El Salvador.

According to Direction of Migration of El Salvador, in 2013 the Centro de Atención al Migrante received between 15 – 25 kids per week deported from Mexico.  At the time, that number was unusual and cause for alarm. However, since last year, the average number has been 70 – 100 minors per week sent back to El Salvador from Mexico. These are children who have left home unaccompanied to escape cycles of violence, poverty, social exclusion and, in some cases, with the intention of reuniting with family members in the US.  

ConTextos serves a critical need. With every book read, every paragraph written, young readers and writers develop a sense of purpose and voice.  Strong reading and writing skills are proven to serve not only as tools for reflection, but also as capacities that increase the likelihood of escaping poverty and violence with improved economic opportunities.  

How will the funds be used?

Funds will be used to establish a library of 500 books at the Centro de Atención al Migrante in San Salvador.  We consider the library as the “hook” to work with the staff and volunteers who run the center on a daily basis, but the workshops are where it comes to life.  In workshops, staff and volunteers will develop practices to hold reading and writing activities.  Equally important, these workshops will also be a space for staff and volunteers to process the stories they listen to and live everyday as part of their work.  



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Reading is the foundation of education.

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Por el futuro de mi pais

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Carol Gittler

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Felicidades por esta hermosa iniciativa

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Keep it up!!.. you have an excellent and unique project in the country. Thanks to Calde that remind us all about the #givingtuesday so hopefully you can get more funding for the project!

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Para nuestros nin@s de El Salvador

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No hay progreso sin educacion! Vamos equipo Contextos! :)

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from Mandy Gittler

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NO REVOLUTION SIN NIÑOS! NO KIDS SIN LIBROS

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#PoesíaUrbanaenSivar

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Ale y Diego

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Nancy Franco: Estoy feliz de poder donar

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Michelle Oberman

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Le lectura es el único medio que puede salvar el mundo.

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Para que más niños puedan leer El Principito / Rebe y Benji

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Porque la educación es la mejor arma para asegurar la victoria de un futuro mejor.

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Gerardo Calderon / #PoesíaUrbanaEnSivar

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Michelle Oberman

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Thank you for all you are doing for our country, El Salvador. Keep it up!

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Cadejo Brewing Company, El Salvador / Beers and Books 2015

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En honor a nuestra próxima boda.

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You are an inspiring team with an important mission. Thank you!

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The team

Debra Gittler

Gerardo Calderón

Country Director

Lindsay Rodgers

Zoila Recinos

Program Coordinator

Jennifer Coreas

Carlos Recinos

Teacher Trainer

Enrique Quintanilla

Anne Ruelle

Programs Associate

Rebecca Barriere

Alejandra Mejía

Director of Development



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