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Creating Room to Read

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/creating-room-to-read">Creating Room to Read</a>

The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive's quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books. What's happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world," he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector-and succeeded spectacularly. Read full article

Bringing Literacy to Thousands More Children This Christmas

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2012/12/11/bringing-literacy-to-thousands-more-children-this-christmas">Bringing Literacy to Thousands More Children This Christmas</a>

Today was Presentation Day at my children's primary school. It's the end-of-year assembly, that involves the whole school community, and awards excellence in all aspects of school life. Amidst the joy, I felt some sadness. Read full article

Two Fourteen Year Old Girls - One is Married

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/10/two-fourteen-year-old-girls-one-is-married">Two Fourteen Year Old Girls - One is Married</a>

I travelled to India in 2010 with other volunteers working with global not-for-profit, Room to Read, in order to find out more about their programs on the ground. Room to Read helps students in Asia and Africa learn to read and write, and helps girls finish school. I don’t think I was prepared for the impact of meeting a young girl from a small village in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Read full article

Why Girls' Education is Highest Returning Social Investment

<a href="/articles/why-girls-education-is-highest-returning-social-investment">Why Girls&#039; Education is Highest Returning Social Investment</a>

Kaisone is eighteen and lives in Salavan Province in southern Laos, a country where more than three-quarters of the population still survives on less than $2 per day. Just a few months before her sixth birthday, her mother passed away: "It was such a futile death . . . . on the long drive to the hospital after giving birth to my younger sister. I vowed then that I would study hard to become a doctor, so that the people in my village would not have to die because of poor access to medical aid." Read full article

Oprah Arrives in Sydney - A Girl's Gotta Dream ...

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/12/13/oprah-arrives-in-sydney-a-girls-gotta-dream">Oprah Arrives in Sydney - A Girl&#039;s Gotta Dream ...</a>

Anyone in Australia who is exposed to any media at the moment will know - Oprah has arrived. I heard there was an "O" on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and fireworks were being let off. More than 350 000 requests were made to receive tickets to the Oprah Show taping in the Sydney Opera House. I was one of them - but alas I was not successful ... So why am I writing about Oprah on my blog? For three reasons ... Read full article