9 million checkouts
Nearly 9 million books were checked out from Room to Read libraries in 2010. That's 34,289 books per school day, or 95 books every minute.
Influencing policy change
Together with our partners in the field, we work closely with local and national governments to help shape educational policy. Recently Room to Read successfully lobbied Cambodia's Ministry of Education to adopt nationwide school library standards that included minimum material criteria and increased salaries for librarians.
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Libraries make a difference
Data from our cross-national evaluation shows strong evidence for the value of libraries. In one district, students were 80% more likely to read for an hour a day than those without access to a library.
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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