August 01, 2016
John Wood, on behalf of Room to Read, was awarded the 2015 Dr. Dilli Raman Regmi International Peace Award by the Nepalese Ministry of Education. The recognition, granted annually by the Dilli Raman Regmi Foundation Board, is given to those who have contributed to the cause of peace and international awareness, as well as to the betterment of Nepal and its people. This is the first time in the award’s history since its inception in 2006 that it has been presented to an individual outside of the political field. Past recipients include Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Jimmy Carter, Tony Hagen, Ban Ki-Moon and Aung San Suu Kyi. The award was accepted by Dinesh Shrestha, Room to Read’s co-founder and director of field operations.
The late Dr. Dilli Raman Regmi, born in 1913 in Kathmandu, Nepal, was an intellect who dedicated his life to the well-being of the Nepali people and was a pioneer in the restoration of democracy in Nepal through non-violence. His legacy lives on through an international and national peace award and the Dilliraman-Kalyani Regmi Library and Museum.
Room to Read’s founding history began in Nepal and the organization has been operating programs there for 16 years, now with over 100 local staff in Nepal. Over two million children in Nepal have been impacted by Room to Read’s programs in literacy and girls’ education across more than 3,700 communities. Following the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, Room to Read immediately responded by establishing the Nepal Education Fund and partnered with the Nepal government to lead recovery efforts around education in the affected regions.
“My co-founders and I have always believed Room to Read is one of Nepal’s most important exports,” said John Wood, founder of Room to Read. “We are extremely proud of our organizational history in Nepal and this award honors the systemic change we continue to have on Nepal’s educational system and our commitment to the communities and children of Nepal.”