Some global problems seem insurmountable. Hunger. Disease. Inequality. Poverty. But we know there is one tool that can help fix them all: education. Early marriage, illiteracy, school dropout, low wages—these are the futures that statistics would predict for the children in the countries where we work. With the proper educational resources and guidance, however, a child can reshape his or her destiny. We’ve seen it happen—thousands of times.
2013 - Working Smart: We want to be able to show our investors how we maximize the impact of every dollar by continually improving both efficiency and quality in everything we do, and how we develop invaluable resources and insights through our ingenuity and willingness to take risks.
Global Monitoring Reports
Our annual Global Monitoring Report helps us chart progress toward our goal of improving educational quality and opportunity for 10 million children by 2015. As of the end of 2013, more than 8.8 million children have benefited from our programs. This report focuses on key 2013 program activities and outcomes across the 10 countries where we work and indicates trends and areas of emphasis as we continue to improve our programs.
We live in a world of written words. They are everywhere—from books to bus stops to ballot forms—but only accessible to those on the planet with the ability to read and write. Learn more about our work promoting literacy through the eyes of the students, communities and educators who know it best in the pages of our Literacy Chronicles.
Girls' Education Yearbooks
Nine girls from Asia and Africa share their stories about their dreams for their future now that a world of possibilities has been unlocked through education.
Less than 1% of US nonprofits have received eight consecutive Charity Navigator four star ratings. Our transparency and accountability place us among the best charities. See for yourself.
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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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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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