Room to Read is an international organization founded by John Wood; formerly the executive official at Microsoft Corporation, with the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children. Today Room to Read is working in than 9 countries in Asia and Africa.
On an interview with John Wood, he stated that the concept of Room to Read started when he visited a local school in Bahundanda, Nepal in 1998. There he saw a room labeled ‘Library’ but there were no books at all. The little available books are locked into a cabinet in order to prevent from damage at the hands of poor students. However, John Wood was amazed by the warmth and inthusiasm of the local teacher and students however also saddened by the lack of books and other resources.
Soon, John left Microsoft with the determination to build a global team of volunteers and donors for working in rural villages and building sustainable solutions for their educational challenges. At the present day, Room to Read is known as an international literacy nonprofit organization that builds local libraries, schools, computer labs in developing countries. The organization also provides scholarships for girls from remote villages. Room to Read is working in Nepal, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, South Africa and Zambia.
The impact of Room to Large is shown below: