Room to Read

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Room to Read Akita JET

"World Change Starts with Educated Children."
– Slogan, Room to Read International.

Room to Read was created in 2000 by John Wood to promote literacy amongst children in developing countries. They believe that education is vital in order to break the cycle of poverty. Through the cooperation of fundraising charters throughout the world, Room to Read has reached more that 4.1 million children through 3 main programs:

  • The READING ROOM program builds and stocks libraries
  • the SCHOOL ROOM program builds schools and preschools
  • the GIRLS' EDUCATION program provides education scholarships to young girls

They also supports local language publication and computer literacy skills.

Room to Read Akita JET was a charter of the international charity Room to Read. The Akita charter hosted many annual social events including the Lake Tazawa Camping Trip and the Halloween Dance Party. As part of Room to Read International, we raised money to build schools and libraries in underprivileged countries; through education, the cycle of poverty can be ended. Thanks to the support of our ALT and CIR volunteers, Room to Read Akita has built a number of preschools and schools in South-East Asia.

Board Member History

Year Chairman Vice-chairman Treasurer
2010-2011 Sorcha Lenagh-Selby Jessica Stubbs. Kaydene Carty
2009-2010 Maureen McCarthy Mari Christmas James Jones
2008-2009 Sophie Danner ? ?

Annual events

Room to Read 2010-2011 Annual Summary

Room to Read Akita JET has raised 575,692 yen in this year. 417,095 yen went directly to Room to Read, and 21,375 has been set aside for our community projects (funding this wiki, and the '11/'12 Hanabi magazine). Following the March 11 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, 60,000 yen has gone to volunteerAKITA's Fruit Tree Project, and 30,000 yen went to Smile Kid's Tohoku Kids Project.

A huge thank you to all our volunteers and everyone who's attended an event!

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