While I'm busy hobnobbing with fellow mystery authors and readers at Bouchercon, I wanted to draw your attention to a worthy international literacy charity that I recently found out about.
Room to Read works with communities and local governments in Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children. The charity's goals are establishing school libraries, building schools, publishing local language children's books, training teachers on literacy education and supporting girls to complete secondary school. They currently work in underdeveloped areas of Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia, but they hope to expand to other areas.
I hope you'll consider including Room to Read in your charity giving plans!
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