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June 26, 2009 / compassioninpolitics

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World

Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” is an inspiring story told by John Wood about going from doing marketing for Microsoft to forming and growing Room to Read. Room to Read plans to give books to 10 million to children throughout the developing world and is well on its way:

Since our inception in 2000, Room to Read has impacted the lives of over 3.1 million children in the developing world by: (1)

Constructing 765 schools
Establishing over 7,040 libraries
Publishing 327 new local language children’s titles representing over 2.8 million books
Donating over 2.8 million English language children’s books
Funding 6,817 long-term girls’ scholarships
Establishing 179 computer and language labs (2)
(1) Results as of December 31, 2008. Room to Read posts its result numbers quarterly.
(2) These programs are on hold as of 2009; results are reflective through Q4 2008.

(h/t to Social Earth)

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