Room to Read

Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

Room to Read
111 Sutter St.
16th Floor
San Francisco, California 94104
United States
415 561 3331
http://www.roomtoread.org

Chief Executive Officer

Erin Ganju

Management Team

Erin Ganju, Joanne T. Chou, Lynn Foden, Dr. Cory Heyman, Dr. Geetha Murali, Pierre Towns

Board of Directors

John Wood, Tim Koogle, Yusuf Alireza, Christopher Beer, Craig Bruya, Peter T. Grauer, Scott Kapnick, Jerry del Missier, Kim Anstatt Morton, Dr. Fernando Reimers, John Ridding., Erin Ganju

Project Leaders

Bella Berns
Cyndie Berg

Mission

Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.

Programs

We believe that World Change Starts with Educated Children and have committed to focusing on two key areas where we can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Literacy is the cornerstone of all learning and fundamental for participation in today's global society, yet 793 million people across the globe lack the ability to read and write. That includes every medicine bottle, employment ad and ballot form they encounter. Of all the illiterate people in the world today, two-thirds are female and over 90 percent live in developing countries. Educating girls and women is widely acknowledged as the most powerful and effective way to address global poverty. Women who finish secondary school earn more money, have smaller, healthier families, and are more likely to educate their own children-breaking the cycle of illiteracy in one generation. Room to Read partners with communities across the developing world to promote literacy and gender equality in education by establishing libraries, constructing classrooms, publishing local-language children's books, training educators and supporting girls' education. We believe all children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential, and that investing in education now will pay dividends for generations to come. Room to Read currently operates in ten countries in Asia and Africa. In each country, we adapt our five core 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.

Statistics on Room to Read

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2014: $44,000,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $53,875,497
  • Other funding sources: Individual donors, corporations, international organizations, government, investments, community contributions of labor.
  • Religious Affiliation: none
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