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Breakthrough Breakfast to benefit Girls’ Education Globally

Author Kara Richardson Whitely

2020 is a banner year in a positive sense for the global nonprofit Room to Read. Room to Read is celebrating 20 years of bringing quality education to low income communities in 16 countries. Room to Read has helped educate nearly 20 million children, has distributed 20 million books, and plans to educate 20 million more children by 2025.

As our world faces an increasing number of crises and threats to children’s access to quality education, we at Room to Read are committed to making sure that education endures. Education is the most effective tool for solving the world’s greatest challenges, including poverty, environmental degradation, racial injustice and inequality.

When disaster strikes, children in low-income communities are particularly vulnerable and often excluded from recovery and relief efforts. For families facing severe economic hardship, children – especially girls – are often pulled out of school permanently.

Girls in the countries where we work face many obstacles to completing their education. Our GIRLS’ EDUCATION PROGRAM intervenes at a time when girls are especially vulnerable to falling behind or dropping out — secondary school. With a focus on teaching girls important life skills and providing mentoring opportunities, we ensure that girls are prepared to overcome common obstacles and succeed in their education and their lives after graduation.

Education Endures

While students are out of school during the pandemic, Room to Read staff are providing individual mentoring by phone and video calls
to emotionally support girls and encourage their continued academic study at home.

In 2019 Room to Read hosted Michelle Obama and a celebrity delegation at a Room to Read partner school in Vietnam, thanks to the partnership of The Obama Foundation’s Girls Opportunity Alliance, bringing added recognition to our efforts. We also launched new regional boards in California and the Middle East, increasing the reach of generous investors who are committed to our impact.

“Education is oxygen to us,” said a young woman I met on a visit to Room to Read’s work in Cambodia.” – Mary Byron, Board Chair, Room to Read

The NJ Chapter is hosting a virtual breakfast on Friday, October 9th with NJ based author Kara Richardson Whitely focusing on motivation and moving forward, despite the challenges we all face. Kara climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, a Room to Read program country, three times. Gorge is the story of her third Kilimanjaro hike weighing as much as 300 pounds, and is being made into a major motion picture by Amazon Studios, produced by This Is Us star Chrissy Metz.

100% of proceeds from the Breakthrough Breakfast benefit the Room to Read Girls’ Education program. $300 provides one year of books, supplies, uniforms, mentoring and life skills training for a girl in secondary school. 92 percent of our students graduate and find employment or enroll in tertiary education.

Room to Read believes World Change Starts With Educated Children. www.roomtoread.org

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