2014 - We’re solving a puzzle.
Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
Scaling Our Impact
Global Strategic Plan 2015-2019
By the end of 2015 Room to Read will have benefited more than 10 million children around the world through our programs in literacy and girls' education. As part of Room to Read's commitment to providing high-quality educational opportunities to children in the most effective ways possible, every five years we reflect on our work and consider how we are doing as an organization. We assess the direction and goals we have set for ourselves and recommit or adjust as needed.
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.
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 nine 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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