Thursday, September 27, 2007

Room to Read

I just read "Room to Read: Bringing Books to the World", an article by Laurie Snyder on Room to Read is a San Francisco-based non-profit dedicated to raising literacy rates in developing countries. It was founded by John Woods, a former Microsoft executive who was inspired to quit his job and start helping others while on vacation in Nepal. According to the organization's website, Room to Read has helped more than 1.3 million children in developing countries. It has established 3,800 libraries, built 287 schools, published about 150 children's book titles in local languages, created 136 computer and language labs, and funded 3,448 long-term scholarships for girls, which pay for tuition, school supplies and uniforms. Room to Read has projects in Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Vietnam and plans to expand to other countries. Room to Read is also a member organization of the Clinton Global Initiative. Pretty amazing stuff!

1 comment:

Author: Barbara Heffner said...

Hi Katherine - It's always nice to find other RtR fans. John Wood has written a book called "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World." It's really terrific and it just came out in paperback. Hope you'll find the time to read it, and perhaps give it as a gift! All the best...Barb