Imagine a world in which every child learns to read. Envision a world where every child has access to books. Picture a world where all children realize their full potential. Room to Read is committed to making these dreams a reality through its Reading Room Program, which aims to provide 13,000 communities in Asia and Africa with their first library by the end of 2011. These libraries will be filled with over 700 original children’s titles, representing 5 million books, plus 4 million donated English-language books. The libraries will also benefit from three years of librarian training and on-going support from Room to Read. Most importantly, over 6 million children in Asia and Africa will have access to life-changing educational resources.
Room to Read partners with local communities throughout the developing world to provide quality educational opportunities by establishing libraries, creating local language children’s literature, constructing schools, providing education to girls and establishing computer labs. They seek to intervene early in the lives of children in the belief that education empowers people to improve socioeconomic conditions for their families, communities, countries and future generations. Through the opportunities that only education can provide, they strive to break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
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A la PBS Pledge Drive, here is what we are prepared to do for our donors:
$20 – Name on the Website
$25 – Name on the Website AND We’ll Pay You a Compliment
$26 – Name on the Website AND We’ll Pay You a Compliment AND We’ll Mean it
$50 – Postcard From Somewhere Along the Route
$80 – Kitschy Souvenir From Somewhere Along the Route
$100 – We’ll Put Your Name On The Bus
$200 – We’ll Send You an 8×10 of Your Name On The Bus With Our Thanks
$400 – We’ll Make a Shrine to You on The Bus (Picture, Sandalwood Incense, etc.)
$500 – We’ll Make A 2012 Wall Calendar For You
$1,000 – We’ll Make a Short Video Dedicated to You and Post in on Youtube
$2,500 – You Can Come For A Country
You’ll get all the gifts from lower donor tranches, too.
Room to Read is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and all donations are tax-deductable for both Americans and Europeans.