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A Culture Finds its Voice

Feb 04, 2014
San Juan La Laguna, Solola, Guatemala

For many people, Facebook is a new way to unite as a community and bring a voice to their cause.

The small Guatemalan village of San Juan La Laguna is only accessible by one lone road or by boat. While townspeople began using Facebook on feature phones a few years ago, there are only a few Internet cafes in town, and they charge, so the village’s sole library is the only place to log on to a desktop for free. There, librarian Yisrael Quic uses Facebook to inspire digital literacy and the preservation of the Mayan language.

Using a Facebook Page, and most recently, a Facebook Group dedicated to communicating in the local Mayan language, Yisrael is fighting to bring one of the most valuable parts of his community’s history into its future.

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