Room to Read

Andrew Carnegie was a wealthy man in the late 1800s who knew that education was the key to success. We still use his libraries today. When libraries are closing in Atlanta, see what is happening on the other side of the world.
John Wood, a former marketing director for Microsoft, is little known according to the New York Times, but he has surpassed Carnegie in his contribution to literacy. Since 1998,  he has left his job at Microsoft and started “Room to Read,” establishing 12,000  libraries and 1,500 schools in remote villages. Wood became a self published author too,  providing 591 titles in languages including Khmer, Nepalese, Zulu, Lao, Xhosa, Chhattisgarhi, Tharu, Tsonga, Garhwali and Bundeli. “Room to Read” also supports 13,500 impoverished girls who might otherwise drop out of school.  This is accomplished at the cost of $250 per girl. While people are spending millions on weddings, missiles, and America is trying to use its influence with force,  this astute 47-year-old man left his executive position to make a difference.
These cherished books, which are well-suited for teenage girls, are providing literacy and the desire for more education. Wood asks corporations to give $5,000 to provide for these libraries around the world. Where else could you get more  bang for your buck  to start a library. A mammoth challenge met by a man without fear, but with a vision.

 

One Response to Room to Read

  • John Knox says:

    Fiona, remember when you were here about a month ago or so, @ the pond house? I bought you book, “My nightlife is 24-7 ? Making a long story short, I didnt pick it up for several weeks, I picked it up this past Monday, I havent been able to put it down!! It is very very good!! I knew you were Talented, but I didnt know you were so strong a person. Congradulations. I wish you much more success. Your friend John

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