Help Room to Read continue to deliver educational resources to students as children across the globe are navigating a new educational landscape. An unprecedented number of students worldwide are out of school during one of the largest and most widespread school shutdowns the world has ever seen. Amidst this pandemic, there has never been a more urgent need to facilitate learning. Even during the most challenging times, education is one thing that can't be taken away -- it endures for all who receive it, and strengthens communities by creating a generation of people who are resilient and compassionate. Room to Read is working in communities around the world to ensure that no child is at risk of their education coming to an end.
vital operations on the ground, where Room to Read's COVID-19 response programming is designed to meet our students and their families where they are. Given that most our students don't have access to the internet, our Interventions range from no-tech to high-tech, from distributing worksheets and books, to utilizing cell phones for distance mentoring, to providing entire libraries of children's books in local languages online. Room to Read is committed to ensuring that children in all circumstances have the opportunity to advance their education.
Room to Read, like many organizations, have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Not only have we seen a decrease in funding as a result of having to postpone our normal in-person events but we are also seeing funding shifts and challenges as school closures have impacted our ability to receive grant funding across many of our geographies. Despite these challenges, we have not let these obstacles deter us from continuing to educate our students, many of which, still continue to learn from home. We are highly concerned about our students, particularly the young girls we work with, who are likely increasing increased pressure to drop out of school. We need support now to ensure this pandemic does not represent the end of education and learning for millions of students around the world. In order to continue to provide effective resources for learning to students during this rapidly-evolving environment, Room to Read needs to be positioned to pivot programming as circumstances on the ground shift and continue supporting our most vulnerable students. Donations allow Room to Read to both continue our work and prepare as students return to schools to help them catch up.