Room to Read Celebrates ‘Year of Tens’: 10 Years, 1,000 Schools, 10,000 Libraries, 10,000 Girls Educated

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Global organization aims to reach 10 million children by 2015

“It gave me great pleasure to return to Nepal to open our 10,000th library and watch hundreds of children enter it and be surrounded by brand new local language children’s books that Room to Read has published.

Room to Read, an award-winning international nonprofit focused on literacy and gender equality in education, recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary with the opening of its 10,000th library. Over the last decade, Room to Read has scaled exponentially to impact more than 4 million children in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia.

Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments across Asia and Africa, Room to Read develops literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and supports girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
“It’s a momentous occasion for us when you consider that just ten years ago we began our work with a simple desire to bring books to the children of Nepal,” said John Wood, founder and board chair. “It gave me great pleasure to return to Nepal to open our 10,000th library and watch hundreds of children enter it and be surrounded by brand new local language children’s books that Room to Read has published. It gives me even more pleasure realizing that our strong global team is now opening, on average, six new Reading Rooms per day in the nine countries where we now operate. This means that over 3,000 children gain access to new libraries every day.”

In honor of the organization’s anniversary, Wood led a week-long “Trek to 10,000” – an expedition through the Himalayan highlands of Nepal. The tour included a visit to the birthplace of Room to Read, Shree Chandradoya HS school in Bahundanda – where Wood first delivered 3,000 donated books via a convoy of donkeys – and concluded with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the site of Room to Read’s 10,000th library at the Shree Janakalyan Secondary School near Pokhara, Nepal. The journey has been documented through the website http://www.roomtoread.org/trektotenthousand and via Twitter feeds @roomtoread and @JohnWoodRtR.

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