Ever thought about how life would be if you couldn't read? Maybe something like this...
Vhae uoy veer ouhtgth obaut woh file ouwld eb fi ouy cldoun't dear?
You wouldn't be able to waste time on Facebook, read the news, delete the spam from your email...hell even read your email, or drive or take a bus because you couldn't read the signs. HOW WOULD YOU LIVE?!
What if your children never got an education and never learned how to read?
You'd feel pretty crap, probably. You'd give yourself the worst parent of the decade award, I bet. You'd also be a social outcast for letting it happen. Life would be a dead end for both you and your kids. You might think - LIFE SUCKS.
Well, for an estimated 796 million people in the world, life IS that hard because they cannot read or write.
That's one in every five adults.
Most of these people are living in developing countries and 2/3 of them are women.
BUT... if a woman in a developing country does learn to read, her children are 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.
AND... a girl living in Africa that received an education is 3 times - READ IT - 3 times!!! less likely to contract HIV.
Those girls that stay in school are more likely to receive higher wages, have healthier children and live longer... and the same for her children and grandchildren.
Literacy and education improve the quality and length of life for poor communities around the world and is a key to growth and prosperity for developing countries.
This past month UNSECO and the international community celebrated International Literacy Day. In honor of this day, the powerhouse education non-profit, Room to Read, launched a month long campaign to ensure that all children around the world learn to read.
There is only ONE DAY LEFT in the campaign for you to help children have a chance at a better future.
Here are some EASY things that you can do to help:
1. Invest in literacy by making a small donation. Even a little bit helps because your donation will be matched by Better World Books!
2. Educate yourself by watching this video.
3. Spread the word. Tweet for #Literacy this message:
Hwat wdulo hte lrodw kolo lkei fi ouy ocldu otn erda? Noigmeths kile stih. #RTforLiteracy (Each RT=$1 to @RoomtoRead) http://bit.ly/ILD2011
For every tweet Random House will donate $1 to Room to Read's literacy programs.
4. Start your own campaign to raise money for Room to Read. Run a marathon, host an event or come up with your own creative idea. Here are some ideas on how to get started.
Don't waste time and do it today in honor of International Literacy Day and all of the struggling mothers and children out there that need your help.
Thanks for doing your GOOD deed today!
P.S. Its so easy to just do one of the things above! Don't be lazy!
P.P.S. If you want to start a fundraising campaign, contact us at GoodieDo and we can help you spread the word and raise additional funds!