Room to Read provides opportunities for girls in developing countries to attend school, thus allowing them to gain the lifelong gift of education and to take control of their lives.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Of the 850 million illiterate people in the developing world, nearly two-thirds are women. Out of the 130 million children not in school in the world, nearly two-thirds are girls. Due to economics and cultural bias, young girls are often left behind when it comes to educational opportunities. If families are able to send only one child to school, the eldest son is usually chosen. The scholarship program can have an immediate and direct impact on the lives of young girls.
How will this project solve this problem?
To each girl, we make a 10-year commitment through the completion of secondary school starting at age 5. This acts as an incentive to achieve and stay in school and provides security and support to girls who often grow up in an uncertain environment
Potential Long Term Impact
The goal is to provide opportunities for girls in developing countries to attend school, thus allowing them to gain the lifelong gift of education and to take control of their lives.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,375
Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,375 as of Feb 26, 2004. The original project funding goal was $11,000.