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Access to a quality education in a bright, safe space

School Construction

New infrastructure

Adequate schools are often scarce in developing countries—especially in rural areas. Room to Read partners with communities in several of our program countries to construct bright, safe, child-friendly classrooms so all children have a better opportunity to pursue a quality education in an environment conducive to learning.

Repairs & renovation

With government funding scarce, schools in many communities where we work have fallen into disrepair and tend to be poor learning environments. We repair and renovate existing school buildings to improve lighting and ventilation, reduce noise and other distractions in the classroom and make interior spaces more conducive to teaching and learning.

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Before and after

Left: These unedited photos show a Room to Read school project in rural Nepal that replaced dark, ageing structures with a bright new classroom building.

Co-investing for lasting change

Communities throughout Asia and Africa have co-invested with Room to Read to build over 1,400 new school buildings housing more than 5,500 classrooms, libraries and teachers’ rooms. Communities help manage the projects on the ground and share in the costs of materials and labor. Once a building is complete it is a public school, owned and operated entirely by the local government and community.

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
-Nelson Mandela
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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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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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