Room to Read
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
|2010-2011||Sorcha Lenagh-Selby||Jessica Stubbs.||Kaydene Carty|
|2009-2010||Maureen McCarthy||Mari Christmas||James Jones|
- Akita Orientation Tatami Party (Mid August)
- Lake Tazawa Camping (Late September)
- Halloween Dance Party (Late October)
- Mid-Year Conference Tatami Party (Mid October)
- Appi Ski Trip (February)
- Spring Carnival (March or April)
- Akita International Sumo Basho (Late June)
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!