Room To Read
My friends and family sponsored a library in Pokhara, Nepal through a wonderful literacy program called Room to Read. John Wood, the founder, wrote a book (Leaving Microsoft to Change the World) about his life and how he ended up quitting his job with Microsoft and dedicating his life to creating schools and libraries around the world. This organization partners with local communities in Nepal, India, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Laos, Vietnam and South Africa to build schools (442 so far), computer labs and libraries. The library we sponsored in Nepal was actually their 5,000th library! Room to Read also helps translate books into local languages and has published 226 titles so far. They also provide scholarships for girls which includes not only tuition, but books, uniforms, bicycles to get to school and a mentors who follow the girls for 10 years. It’s a remarkable program and to see it first-hand was an incredible experience. The librarians at the school told us how much the library for these 600 students has impacted their lives as teachers and the lives of their students who now have access to books about the world, but also the lives of the community as students now check out books and bring them home to read. Room to Read has impacted the lives of 1.7 million children since 2000. We felt very fortunate to see how a donation can make a huge different in one school half way around the world in Nepal.
Visit Room To Read at: www.roomtoread.org