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About Room to Read

Education is the single most effective tool that exists for eradicating global poverty. Room to Read works across Asia and Africa to improve literacy and gender equality in education. We work with local communities to establish libraries, construct schools, publish local-language children’s books, train teachers in reading and writing instruction, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they need to succeed in school and beyond.

Now operating in nine countries in Asia and Africa, we’re on track to reach 10 million children by 2015.

Help Us Do More

We were honored to have Nick Kristof visit our projects in Vietnam last week and share our story in The New York Times. As his columns clearly illustrate, education has the power to change lives and entire communities in the developing world. You can be a part of that change by investing in our work. Funds collected will support our work across Asia and Africa, to help millions of children in other developing countries discover a better future for themselves and their families.

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Operational Efficiency

We take your investment seriously. Eighty three cents from every dollar goes directly to our programs in the field.

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Our Story

Interested in reading John Wood's book "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World" as mentioned by Nick Kristof?

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Get in Touch

We're happy to answer any questions you have about our work so please contact us.

Email: donate@roomtoread.org
Phone: +1 (415) 561-3331

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More ways you can help

Representative Program Costs USD ($)Representative Program Costs USD ($)
Distribute 10 new local language books to a child $10 Fill a library shelf with books $25
Provide a bicycle for a girl to get to and from school
$50 Commission a local author to write a children's book $125
Support one year of girl's education $250 Support ten years of girls' education $2,500
 Project Sponsorship Opportunities
Establish a great new library filled with books, games & educational toys $5,000 Develop, publish and print one local language title $15,000
Construction of a primary school classroom block (4 rooms) $33,000 Project sponsorships allow donors to fund specific opportunities such as a new library, book title or school. If you are interested in learning more, please email donate@roomtoread.org or contact our office.
Books Distributed
Inspiring young minds one book at a time.
Girls' Education Participants
Supporting girls to complete secondary school
Charity Navigator Four Start Rating

Less than 1% of US nonprofits have received nine consecutive Charity Navigator four star ratings. Our transparency and accountability place us among the best charities. See for yourself.

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See our work

Documentary filmmakers travel to Room to Read projects across Asia and Africa to tell the stories of children who are benefitting from our programs.

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You can change the world

Send a girl to school, start a library, or build new classrooms. We can help you run your own fundraising campaign with your friends and family, complete with your own microsite to collect gifts and track your progress.

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Have questions?

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Global Office:
+1 (415) 839-4400
9am-5pm Pacific Time (US)
Mon-Fri, excluding holidays

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