World Change Starts with Educated Children.®
I was raised to believe that education is a way to live a better life. This was my parents’ philosophy which they instilled (or drilled) in my brother and me. I lived a no-frills childhood but my parents cheerfully paid for my college and graduate schools. As a result, I was fortunate to graduate with zero debt which enabled me to pursue my career dream of working in the beauty business.
Every day, more than 100 million girls wake up and don’t go to school. And more than 400 million girls and women lack basic literacy. Every day we lose is a day we can’t get back (source: John Wood,Creating Room to Read). And, if a girl abandons school and goes into the world early, she is also at risk for being exploited.
Education is like dropping a pebble into a pond and getting a ripple effect. Educated people make more money and are more likely to escape poverty.
Girls (and boys) who are educated today become tomorrow’s middle class. And it can happen in one generation. Finishing secondary school leads to smaller, healthier families, lower HIV infection rates, and higher wages. Educated women are more likely to educate their own children – ending the cycle of illiteracy in one generation.
Educating girls is the most powerful and effective way to address global poverty. My belief in education and commitment to mentoring young women caused me to reach out to John Wood, the inspirational founder of Room to Read, a global organization that promotes literacy and gender equality. As a result, Restorsea is committed to donating 5% of its sales every year to support Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program, which supports thousands of girls with financial assistance, tutoring, mentoring and life skills training. Our vision is to help Room to Reach educate 100,000 girls by 2025.
Your Restorsea purchases help us support Room to Read and fulfill our goal of promoting global literacy and girl power. If all children in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty (a Pao-werful thought).
Room to Read supports girls so that they not only graduate, but also develop the skills they need to negotiate key life decisions. Since they started in 2000, Room to Read has benefited over 22,000 girls through the Girls’ Education program, published over 800 unique children’s books, and opened over 1,600 schools and 15,000 libraries in ten countries in Asia and Africa. As a result, nearly 8 million children have been given the gift of education.
Room to Read has earned the Charity Navigator 4-Star rating for their financial transparency and accountability for the past seven years in a row, a recognition that only 2% of rated charities can claim. For more information, please visit www.roomtoread.org.