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We work to nurture people's curiosity about the world and others to inspire creative poverty solutions both big and small.
A Literacy Project in León, Nicaragua

Viva León Leyendo

To nurture curiosity you have to help people enjoy learning. An easy way to do that is through stories.

In Nicaragua, poor communities have virtually no access to books, especially children books. Unsurprisingly, literacy and reading comprehension are low. This, combined with rote instruction common in classrooms with undertrained teachers, means children have few opportunities to develop their love of learning.


The Curiosity Circle’s first literacy project is named after a popular cheer in the city of León: “¡Viva León Jodido!”, which basically translates to “Long Live León, H*** Yeah!” We want that too, but we made a slight change: “Long Live León Reading!”


The project’s goal is to promote a culture of reading in the home. We lead weekly story hours in public parks.  The storyteller introduces new books, models how to read in an engaging way, and teaches caregivers how to use stories to explore kids’ interests.

It costs $30 a month to sponsor an afternoon of stories. Join The Curiosity Circle by becoming a monthly donor.

Viva Leon Leyendo in Nicaragua
Literacy Program in León, Nicaragua
Read with mama The Curiosity Circle
Viva León Leyendo in Nicaragua
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Brother & Sister Viva León Leyendo
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Reading at Library León, Nicaragua
Dads Read Too! Viva León Leyendo
Excited to read! León, Nicaragua
Our Team of Literacy Leaders
Reading is a foundational skill.
Group of Readers Sutiaba, Nicaragua
Curious Kids at Viva León Leyendo
Never Too Early to Read
Read with Dad! Viva León Leyendo
Rubén Darío Municipal Library
Sutiaba Plaza León, Nicaragua
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Let's Read at Viva León Leyendo
In the fading light we read.
Dive into a good book.
Our Puppet Show León, Nicaragua
Smiles at Story Hour Sutiaba Plaza
Rubén Darío Municipal Library
Sutiaba Plaza León, Nicaragua
Attentive Faces at Story Hour
Central Plaza León, Nicaragua
Peppa Pig Viva León Leyendo
Engaging with Books León, Nicaragua
Families Read Together
At the City Library León, Nicaragua
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