Room to Read
At a recent SCBWI meeting I heard about Room to Read, an AMAZING organisation doing great things in this world. I thought I would share them with you (you’re welcome).
For those who haven’t heard of Room to Read, they are an organisation hell bent on raising literacy and education levels in some of the most disadvantaged countries in the world. They are currently in South East Asia and parts of Africa. Room to Read builds libraries and schools; they teach kids how to write, publishing their local stories; they distribute books; and they ensure more and more females get to experience the education usually reserved only for their male counterparts. Over 6 million children have benefited from the organisation over the past ten years. They have very little overheads, and refuse to enter areas where government corruption would mean a lack of success with the program.
In short they are just brilliant.
The organisation was founded by John Wood, who used to be the Director of Business at Microsoft. He is such a wonderful man and deserves a pat on the back (I think probably he deserves more than that but the Queen is still angry with me for distributing knighthoods when she claims I have no right to do so. Whatever.)
You can give money today if you are feeling generous. You can send a girl to school, or you could start a library, or you could build a new classroom. Check it all out here: http://www.roomtoread.org/
And finally here is a quote featured on the website:
“If all children in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty.”