Literacy, the Pathway to Sustainable Peace in Colombia

We believe every child has the right to quality education yet in Latin America and the Caribbean there are 512 million children and adolescents out of the education system. 

As a response to the vital need for Latin American children to have access to books at home and literacy support, the International nonprofit World Literacy Foundation has been implementing Aprende Leyendo since 2014.

This literacy program focuses on children from 4 to 14 years living in disadvantaged communities in Colombia where 41, 411 children and adolescents have been affected by the war, being the rural children the most affected. To close the gap between urban and rural areas and build sustainable peace in Colombia, we need to create an inclusive and equal education system.

We're Changing Children's Lives in Latin America Through Literacy

Donate books or literacy activities to Aprende Leyendo

We provide Colombian children with books and educational resources, so they can discover the joy of reading.

Donate to our reading sessions

We offer literacy support to disadvantaged children who are struggling to read and write and we involve parents in mentoring programs so they can encourage to their children reading at home.

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We bring together innovative technology, e-books, and digital activities to advance the learning of children in remote communities in Colombia. 

Thanks to You, We Did It!

In 2020-21, our literacy program and services in Colombia impacted 3240+ children in 5 different locations through book distributions, reading sessions, literacy mentoring,  technology resources, and more. 


Children or parents accessed our services


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Volunteer hours donated to our projects


Children benefited from Dingo software

Meet Esther!

Ten-year-old Esther’s big brown eyes light up as she talks about the Aprendo Leyendo program. “I enjoy coming every week because Miss Paulina teaches us to read and write!” she says enthusiastically.

In many ways, Esther is like most young girls. She loves wearing pink clothes and the fantasy of fairy tales and unicorns. But her life isn’t easy. She lives with 15 family members in a small bamboo and concrete house in the humble neighborhood of El Carmen in Manizales, Colombia. Three generations cram the two-level home, and the rooms are divided by curtains instead of walls.

Our Team

Aprende Leyendo CEO and Founder
Andrew Kay
CEO & Founder
Aprende Leyendo Project Coordinator
Paula Correa
Project Coordinator
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Vannesa Portilla
Project Manager
IT expert at Aprende Leyendo
Carlos Vallejo
ICT Business Analyst
Graphic Designer at Aprende Leyendo
Silvia Gomez
Graphic Designer

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Join more than 200 volunteers helping us to improve children’s literacy skills.

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