A few weeks ago my cousin (and fellow librarian) Julie sent me a message about Room to Read. Which is a charity that believes change begins with educated children. They promote literacy and education for children in the developing world.
Their website is www.roomtoread.org
Julie explained how the charity started:
“The founder of the organisation, John Wood, began the work in Nepal, as a response to a visit he made to a Nepalese village school, where the only two books available for the children were a ‘Lonely Planet’ guidebook and a Danielle Steel novel, left behind by trekkers like himself. His book “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” is truly inspiring. The project now extends to many countries besides Nepal. The book makes you realise that everyone has the potential to make a difference, no matter how great or small.”
I was mulling over whether this is something I could bring to Sussex as a charity for us to support through the libraries when I saw that the Financial Times is supporting Room to Read for their seasonal appeal.
Details of the appeal are available here: http://www.ft.com/indepth/seasonal-appeal
You can also follow Room to Read on Twitter or Facebook.
I feel even more motivated to look at what I can do locally.