Penzu is a strong believer in giving back, and we feel that Room to Read is an extremely worthwhile cause. Literacy is a cornerstone of our product, and the ability to express oneself in writing is something we all take for granted.
Room to Read is an innovative non-profit leader dedicated to promoting and enabling global education. This is done by establishing libraries and schools, publishing and distributing local language children's books, and providing long-term educational support for girls to pursue and complete their secondary education.
Founded in 2000, the organization is based on the belief that education is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty in the developing world. Since then, the organization has supported over three million children by providing better access to higher-quality educational opportunities. Room to Read has established more than 700 schools and over 7,000 bilingual libraries with five million books, and continues to support the education of nearly 7,000 girls. Room to Read is providing opportunities that change children's lives and communities throughout Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia. By 2010, Room to Read hopes to improve literacy for five million children by establishing over 10,000 libraries and distributing nearly nine million children's books.
Room to Read has developed a holistic, multi-pronged approach to help children in the developing world gain the lifelong gift of education. The approach includes the following programs:
• School Room – We partner with villages to build schools.
• Reading Room – We establish bi-lingual libraries and fill them with donated English books and local language books purchased in-country or self-published, creating a colorful space with posters, games, furniture, and flooring.
• Local Language Publishing – We source new content from local writers and illustrators and publish high-quality local language children's books to distribute throughout our networks.
• Girls' Education – We fund long-term girls' scholarships for young girls who would otherwise not have access to an education.
We hire local staff, who are personally vested in their nation's educational progress and we empower them to make key programmatic decisions within their country. They are already familiar with the language, conditions, customs and governments and understand the specific needs of the educational system and work to ensure that we craft new solutions to existing problems.http://www.roomtoread.org