“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Room to Read raises money to build Libraries and works with local publishers in effort to eliminate Illiteracy & Gender Inequality in our lifetime. They have since benefited 15 million children. Kids with education have a far likely chance of propelling out of poverty than those with no education, especially girls. Many poverty-stricken families do not find it necessary to educate their daughters as they are seen as burden until they get married off. Room to Read believes that girls hold up half the sky, and that by educating them, it will only help the local economy as well as the global economy as a whole.
Empowering Local Communities
Room to Read hires local teachers instead of outside volunteers to teach through effectively-proven academic curriculum. With it’s proven success in hiring student’s test scores, the curriculum has been adopted by many other NGO’s through Room to Read’s “Accelerator Program”.
They also hire local residents as Life Skills Mentors, Librarians, Country Directors, local writers, publishers & artists to write culturally relevant books in the local language. This goes along with their policy of encouraging, training Self-Sustainibility within a local economy.
Get Involved Locally!
While Room to Read does not take outside volunteers, I highly recommend getting involved at your local chapter to fundraise and raise awareness. And there are opportunities to visit the schools as Leaders later on or in designated dates throughout the year to avoid disrupting classrooms. They are also rated 4 Stars on Charity Navigator, which make them in the top 1% of all charities on Transparency & Efficiency.
Recommended Documentaries: Half the Sky, Girl Rising (both features Room to Read’s work in Vietnam and Nepal)