GIRL RISING: Thurs 26th September, Central Paris
This astonishing documentary, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls in 9 countries. What links them all is how access to education has changed their lives.
One of the featured girls, Suma in Nepal, is currently sponsored through school by Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program. At just six years old Suma was sold as a servant to another family. Abused most days, Suma was only rescued six years later. She was so traumatised that she could not even communicate with her own family.
Suma today: bright and confident
Then, aged 16, Room to Read gave her a second chance – paying her school fees, introducing her to a mentor, and offering her life skills classes to build her confidence. She will shortly graduate secondary school and dreams of being a health educator to empower more girls in her community.
Suma wrote a song about her experience as an indentured child servant, or kamlari, which she shares in the film. When she sang it on stage at the opening of the ‘Women in the World’ summit in New York in March 2012 she received a standing ovation and was congratulated by Hilary Clinton.
The speechless child and the confident young woman are the same girl. Only a few years separates them.
As ‘Girl Rising’ proves : «One girl with courage is a revolution ». Watch the trailer here
If you would like to organise a showing of the Girl Rising film (104mins) at your place of work, study, worship, or home please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Booktober goes to Shakespeare & Co!, Monday 7th October, 19h-21h30
What's the book you love more than any other? What's the book you think everyone else should read? Which book on your shelf has a really great story attached to it? Isn't it time you shared it?
Room to Read Paris opens our month of dedicated Booktober fundraising by inviting you to bring that book along to the inspiring literary surroundings of Shakespeare & Co.
In exchange for a new (or nearly new) copy of your special book we'll give you a glass of wine, a gorgeous Left Bank setting, a bunch of like-minded readers to chat to, and the chance to go home with someone else's 'most loved' read tucked under your arm.
Recently named "one of the 20 most beautiful bookshops in the world" Shakespeare & Co is where thousands of wonderful stories, real and imaginary, have started. Next Monday they host Room to Read's first public Paris book swap, and offer us a chance to 'change the story on global illiteracy'.
By making a donation for your 'new favourite' book you will be helping children in Room to Read's 10 operating countries open a book of their own for the first time. During the month of Booktober all funds raised will be matched by a generous corporate donor - so anything you give makes double the impact.
Bring a book, take a book, make a difference!
Shakespeare & Company
37 rue da la Bûcherie
Author Evening Fundraiser: Thurs 17th October, 20h
at the home of a Room to Read supporter Paris 16eme (Porte Dauphine/Ave Foch)
Is it really true that “French women don’t get fat” and “French children don’t throw Food”? Annoyed by several of the myths that abound about our host nation, Piu Eatwell’s newly published book takes a fresh look at 45 lifestyle myths about the French. Listen to Piu debunking the clichés as she reads from her book. She will also talk about the process of writing the book and getting published in the crowded and competitive marketplace for anglosaxon explanations of French behaviour! This promises to be an entertaining literary evening.
Half the Sky - Hard Rock Cafe, Paris 9ème, 28th May 2013
Room to Read's Girls’ Education programme in Vietnam was featured in a screening of the stunning PBS documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Room to Read segment features three of the girls whose lives have been transformed just by being allowed to stay in school. As hard hitting as it is uplifting the film also provides a glimpse into the kind of challenges these girls, and millions like them, continue to face. Our audience was deeply moved by the film and very happy to have a positive update on the current situation of the 3 girls featured.
If you would like to organise a showing of the Half the Sky film (45mins) at your Paris area place of work, study, worship, or home please contact email@example.com for more information.
October 2012: Booktober
3 Book Swaps, 'Broadway for Books' and Dinners with Jim Haynes: all activities that the Paris chapter initiated to raise funds for Booktober and Room to Read's local language publishing programme. The Book Swaps took different formats, but all involved
* people who love reading
* Everyone brings along copies of one or two books that they really recommend
* Over a wine and nibbles (evening) or tea and cake (afternoon), we chat about books that we love and swap them!
* paricipants 'pay' for the book that they take home with a donation to Room to Read.
If you would like to host a book swap with your friends & colleagues, please contact Room To Read Paris for a copy of our Book Swap Kit
September 2012: Italian Wine Tasting in Le Vesinet
Stephanie & Patrick hosted a most enjoyable Italian Wine tasting to raise funds for Room to Read. Good wine, Italian food, great people - a recipe for a really fun fundraiser!
If you are interested in hosting a wine tasting fund raiser amongst your own network, please contact Room to Read Paris for more information and a copy of our Wine Tasting Kit
May 2012: John Wood's visit to Paris
Many many thanks to everyone who made last week's talk by John a great success! A special giant thanks to Lisa, who carried much of the load with the alumni groups and much more! A big welcome also, to the 10 new volunteers that we recruited at the event!
We had a full house, and did a great job to spread the R2R word. We raised enough money for 2 schools (with the generous match). We should all feel very proud, as this will make a huge impact on the lives of many children!
Paris Chapter Launch - Garden Party; Thursday 26 May, 2011
The Room to Read Paris Chapter launch cocktail evening was held in a stunning garden and patio setting directly overlooking the Arc de Triomphe. The event featured cocktails, appetizers & music all to raise awareness of the new chapter and money for a library in India and for 40 years of girls’ education.
Thanks especially to Orascom for kindly donating the use of their premises and garden and for all their staff who got involved with the evening and of course to everyone who made this event such a great success - see the links on the main page for the press articles.