Together we can make a difference.
For every curriculum sale, we will donate $5
to a non-profit organization supporting children and communities in Latin America.
A Personal Note from the Author
Language provides insights into the way people connect with one another, how they raise their children, how they understand the world around them, what is important to them, their values, and so much more. The life stories I have come across, and the brave people who have shared these stories with the world, have deeply touched me.
The process of creating and writing this curriculum deeply moved me. It grew from a desire to teach both myself and my children the Spanish language into a life-changing, transformative project. The more I learned, researched and explored, the more passionate I became about filling the gaps in my knowledge. Every book, every person, every poem, each seemed to reveal something new to me. Language itself is incredibly complex and perceptive. It communicates so many things beyond the literal and obvious. Simply by searching on Google in another language I came across things I am nearly certain I never would have otherwise.
One story in particular stood out in my heart and I would like to share a part of it with you. As I researched a children's book by Monica Brown titled, Esperando el Biblioburro: Waiting for the Biblioburro, I learned she had based her book on the life story of a man named Luis Soriano Bohórquez. She posed the question, "How far would a librarian travel to bring a book to you?" Luis' story answers this question beautifully. Traveling by donkey, he delivers books to remote villages and brings stories to children who otherwise wouldn't have had access to them. By encouraging them to share their experiences and write their own stories, no matter how painful they are, he is working to heal families and change the future of Colombia. Around the world, many librarians work to bring books to children in similarly creative ways. A man, like Luis, who has dedicated his life to this cause is a true inspiration.
It is my hope that as Beautiful Mundo grows we will be able to do even more to help Spanish-speaking communities in countries that have struggled in the face of internal conflict and poverty.
Emma Butterfield Corbet
Organizations I Believe In
A world where communities, led by indigenous peoples, belong to an abundant natural world inspired by resilient storytelling.
Support environmental leadership from indigenous peoples and local communities to build networks and cultivate inclusive impact driven storytelling
About the Project:
To highlight the role indigenous and local peoples play in protecting our planet; we work in partnership with communities to make films, take photographs, curate content, commission local artists and host events.
A world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.
We exist to prevent the annihilation of tribal peoples and to give them a platform to speak to the world so they can bear witness to the genocidal violence, slavery and racism they face on a daily basis. By lobbying the powerful we help defend the lives, lands and futures of people who should have the same rights as other contemporary societies.
Proyecto Vinotinto is a small Venezuelan non-profit.
"We are a group of young people who decided to continue betting on our country and on the future of Venezuela. That is why we promote sports and education through study programs and food deliveries."
-Jesús A. Bastidas, Founder
Clarines, Anzoategui, Venezuela
Pre-school: 22 kids
1st Grade: 10 kids
2nd Grade: 8 kids
3rd Grade: 7 kids
4th Grade: 7 kids
5th Grade: 4 kids
6th Grade: 6 kids
Data provided by Proyecto Vinotinto
"As you can see the number of kids is lower and lower as they grow up. There is a big problem because kids drop out of school so young, that is the thing we need to try to fix.
Maybe their parents don't have the money to pay for the books and materials or maybe there are surrounded by bad habits and tend to drop out.
I also think the amount of kids is low, compared to the number of kids that live in that location, so I hope we can help more kids get into school and start studying."
-Mariana Dominguez Salazar,
my contact in Barcelona, Venezuela
Pictured: Foundation hosted "Asopado," a gathering of people cooking food together (in this case soup) and one of two public schools located in Clarines, Anzoategui in need of school materials such as books, markers, colors, and notebooks.
Escuela Estadal Concentrada el Cuatro & Escuela Estadal Concentrada Santa Clara