Fundación La Fuente (FLF) is a non-profit institution engaged in promoting and implementing educational and cultural initiatives that benefit at-risk communities.
Since 2000, FLF has been creating school libraries, improving public libraries, equipping mobile school and community libraries and developing museums and cultural centers in urban and rural areas all over Chile. Its staff brings a diversity of backgrounds and experience to the organization and includes primary and secondary school teachers, specialists in literature, actors, musicians, artists, management experts, designers, sociologists, child development specialists, and librarians.
FLF’s landmark program, Creating Tomorrow’s Readers, develops school, public, and mobile libraries for school children and communities at large. The project entails the implementation of a reading program, and to this end teaches educators and librarians how to develop and manage reading and related cultural activities.
The goal of the project is to introduce and encourage reading among children, youth and community by providing reading and teaching materials that respect and celebrate each community’s specific interests and needs.
In the nine years since its establishment, the Fundación La Fuente has raised and invested US$9 million for the benefit of our programs, which operate in over 72 neighborhoods in cities, towns and villages throughout Chile, a country that extends over 2.500 kilometers from Antofagasta in the north to Puerto Aysén in the south.
From our center of operations in Santiago, we have built libraries and brought programs to some of the most remote corners of a country with a transportation infrastructure that presents tremendous challenges to these kinds of efforts. FLF belongs to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA); the Center for the Book, Library of Congress; and the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), Chile.
In 2009, FLF was named Institution of the Year by the Chilean Book Council for its efforts in support and promotion of books and reading, and FLF’s founder and executive director, Verónica Abud, was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation and the newspaper El Mercurio. In addition, the Palestinian Foundation of Chile honored her this year with the Edward Said Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the country’s civic life.
Ms Verónica Abud
Exequiel Fernández 394, Ñuñoa, Santiago – CHILE.