Creating Room to Read, meet their founder John Wood

26 Feb

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, they see a world in which people are able to realize their full potential.

John WoodFounded by ex Microsoft exec John Wood, Room to Read had its humble origins in Nepal in 2000, where they began bringing donated books to rural communities. Today, they are a global organization dedicated to promoting and enabling education through programs focused on literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read achieves 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 necessary to succeed in school and beyond.

And next week you have several opportunities to meet John Wood in person!

Creating Room to ReadThe Room to Read Hong Kong Chapter is delighted to announce that John Wood’s Hong Kong book tour officially starts next week! You will get the chance to meet John and have him sign your very own copy of Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy.

Dymocks and the FCC invites you to lunch with John Wood
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Time: 12:45p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Location: Foreign Correspondents’ Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tickets: HK$150 for members; HK$220 for non-members
John Wood will share the story of what happened when Room to Read began to grow beyond his wildest dreams, and discuss the rapid expansion of this award-winning non-profit organization he started after leaving the corporate world to pursue his passion. To date, Room to Read has opened over 1,600 schools and 15,000 libraries and distributed over 12 million books to millions of children in various countries.
Please contact to purchase tickets.

Bookazine presents an evening with John Wood
Date: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Time: 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
Location: Bookazine ifc Mall, Central, Hong Kong
Bookazine cordially invites you to attend a book talk and signing by John Wood, Founder and Co-Chair of the award winning charity, Room to Read. Listen to John share how he turned his passion for education into a globally recognized mission, and find out how he grew his non profit organization to what it is today. Dining Concepts will be on site to offer delectable canapés and refreshments.
*All proceeds of the book sold at the event will go to Room to Read.

Asia Society presents “Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy”
Date: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Time: 12:30p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Location: Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Tickets: HK$450 for Asia Society Members; HK$550 for non-Members. Tickets can be purchased here.
You are invited to listen to Founder and Co-Chair John Wood speak on Room to Read’s business model and blueprint for how to do good the right way. He will also discuss the organization’s next steps including the challenges of managing expansion while maintaining integrity, raising money in a collapsing economy, promoting gender equality through scholarships for girls and changing the mission to include not just building libraries but also publishing books for children.

Meet John Wood: Founder of Room to Read
Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Time: 4:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Location: Kelly & Walsh, Shop 204, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Join the Room to Read Hong Kong Chapter for a glass of white wine at Kelly & Walsh’s “Meet John Wood – Founder of Room to Read”, an informal gathering and book signing of Creating Room To Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy. For anyone who enjoys reading and helping people, this is the opportunity to know how you can contribute to the world.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Kristina Tanso,

About the charity: 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.

To achieve this goal, Room to Read focuses on two areas where they believe Room to Read can have the greatest impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.


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