Our Story

Over 250 million children around the world are failing to achieve basic literacy skills, and more than two thirds of the illiterate population are women and girls. Room to Read believes that all children, regardless of gender or background, have a right to education. By empowering children through this lifelong gift, we see a world in which people are able to realize their full potential.

Room to Read had its humble origins in Nepal in 2000, where we began bringing donated books to rural communities. Today, we are a global organization dedicated to promoting and enabling education through programs focused on literacy and gender equality in education. We achieve this goal by establishing school libraries, building schools, publishing local-language children's books, training teachers on literacy education and supporting girls to complete secondary school with the life skills necessary to succeed in school and beyond.

We currently work in BangladeshCambodiaIndiaLaosNepalSouth AfricaSri LankaTanzaniaVietnam and Zambia.

Imagine a world in which every child has access to an education. Room to Read is doing our best to make this dream a reality, one child at a time.

 


Imagine a world where every child receives a quality education. 

Now, make it a reality.

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Schools Constructed 1,930
Libraries Established

17,534

Books Published 1,158
Books Distributed 15,641,734
Girls' Education Participants

31,636

Children Benefited 9.7 million

results updated quarterly

2014 Annual Report

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