Our Programs

Room to Read’s innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low income countries during two time periods which are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. With a focus on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring this outcome is measured, Room to Read has created a model that can be replicated, localized and sustained by governments. Room to Read is transforming educational experiences and impacting future generations with a belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children.®


Room to Read’s Literacy Program transforms primary schools into child-friendly learning environments that enable children to develop the skills and habit of reading throughout primary school and become life-long, independent readers.

Our work in Literacy

Girls' Education

Our Girls’ Education Program ensures that girls complete secondary school and have the skills to negotiate key life decisions. Our program reinforces girls’ commitment to their own education, works with girls to develop essential life skills and increases support for girls’ education among their parents, school staff, and communities.

Our work in girls education

We collaborate with local communities, partner organizations and governments to ensure that primary school children can become independent readers and girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. We set measurable goals and are committed to collecting action-oriented data to ensure our programs are run with quality and impact, while maximizing cost efficiencies.

Where we work

Map of countries where Room to Read works

Room to Read currently operates in ten countries in Asia and Africa. In each country, we adapt our programs to suit the individual needs of the population in question, ensuring that each dollar spent has the most possible impact on the children we serve.

We employ local teams, which are personally invested in their nation’s educational progress and familiar with the challenges ahead. They speak the language, know the customs, and understand what it takes to implement each program successfully.

Literacy vs. poverty

If all children in low-income countries
left school with basic reading skills,

could be lifted out of poverty.

9.7 million checkouts

Over 9.7 million books were checked out from Room to Read libraries in 2012.

Healthier families

A child born to a literate woman is

to survive past age five.

A results-driven approach

We’re serious about changing the world. Our commitment to delivering high-quality programs and helping families across the developing world break the cycle of poverty means making sure that we are having the greatest possible impact on the lives of the children we serve.

Measuring Results

We make significant investments in research, monitoring and evaluation so we can be sure our programs are on target, and so you can see the effect your investment is having on communities across Asia and Africa.

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Strategic Planning

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.

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Working with partners

We forge strong partnerships with governments, local NGOs and corporations around the globe, which allow us to reach a greater number of children and be more cost-effective in our operations.

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Libraries Established
Schools Constructed
Books Published
Books Distributed
Girls' Education Participants
Children Benefited
Charity Navigator Four Start Rating

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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Have questions?

Contact us online at

Global Office:
+1 (415) 839-4400
9am-5pm Pacific Time (US)
Mon-Fri, excluding holidays

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