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Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world.
Over 60 million primary school-aged children around the world do not have access to education and most likely will never learn to read or write. Room to Read believes that all children, regardless of gender or background, have a right to education. By empowering children through this lifelong gift, we see a world in which people are able to realize their full potential.
Room to Read had its humble origins in Nepal in 2000, where we began bringing donated books to rural communities. Today, we are a global organization dedicated to promoting and enabling education through programs focused on literacy and gender equality in education. We achieve this goal by establishing school libraries, building schools, publishing local-language children's books, training teachers on literacy education and supporting girls to complete secondary school with the life skills neccessary to succeed in school and beyond.
The Orange County Chapter of Room to Read was started a few years ago and had an honorary mention by Room to Read founder John Wood in his book "Leaving Microsoft to Change the World." Since then we have grown into a passionate group committed to spread awareness and raise funds for the betterment of underpriviledged children around the world.