Literacy is indeed the cornerstone of all learning and fundamental for participation in today’s global society, yet 773.5 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.
Room to Read currently operates in ten countries in Asia and Africa. In each country, they adapt their 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. they 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.