While many of us enjoy living a life of Luxury here in the United States, close to 1 billion people in the world are illiterate: 2/3 are female while 250 million of them are children In 2000, John Wood, an executive at Microsoft, decided to quit his high paying job to start Room to Read, a non-profit that raises money to build schools & libraries throughout Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa. Since then, 10 million children have benefited, 1930 schools constructed, 17,500 libraries built, 16 million Children’s books distributed and 30,000 girl’s scholarships awarded.
We envision a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where we believe we can have the greatest impact: Literacy and Gender Equality in Education. We work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.