Thanks for making your way here you amazing human beings. Those of you who know me, know that I am an educator at heart. I love to teach what I have learnt through many years of personal study and from what I have learnt from my mentors on what it really takes to change your life to make it incredible and to give yourself the freedom to follow your passions and to live a life unlimited by income. Real world education.
Often we will take our formal education for granted; I know I have and at times I will criticize some of the outdates practices and philosophies which still exist in our schooling systems in Australia and many other parts of the world, as in many cases our traditional schooling system does not prepare us to be successful in the real world. But we have the luxury to do that, school is just a normal part of our lives is expected for each and every one of us. For others however, having an education truly changes lives and truly can change the future of not only countless individuals, but countries. This is what I love about Room to Read I have had the privilege to have been involved with Positive Real Estate for many years now and in conjunction have seen 4 schools be completed through the contributions of our team and our clients and 3 more schools right now are being constructed through these same efforts. One in Nepal and two in Sri Lanka and there will be more projects to come; from publishing books for children to learn to read, to supporting girls through their schooling so they don’t get sold into slavery to changing the future of entire towns, it is a true passion of mine and something I am so grateful to be involved with and to be able to contribute to. Check out the progress so far:
Sri Lanka 1, 2
Here are Some Facts
2/3 of the over 750 million illiterate people in the developing world are girls and women. What is the best long-term investment?– educating a girl. For every year a girl is educated beyond the average, her wages increased by 15% Room to Read has been operating since 2000 and has served over 8.8 million children. It aims to reach 10 million children by 2015. The organization is bound by a shared commitment to hiring and retaining a talented, passionate global team, maintaining financial and programmatic transparency, engaging in true partnerships with local communities to empower them to improve their situation, and being faithful stewards of donors’ investments in Room to Read.
In conjunction with Positive Real Estate we are helping Room to Read by raising funds for its Bardiya District, Nepal school project. The population of the area is 3,000. Large, traditional families remain the norm. The typical household consists of a family ranging in size from five to seven. The school will be constructed either from reinforced cement concrete (RCC) or stone and mud mortar and roofed with corrugated iron sheets. The new primary school building will be a single-story building with two rooms. Both rooms will be designated as classrooms. The new building will be built from brick and cement mortar, and roofed with corrugated galvanized iron (CGI) sheets. Each classroom will have large windows as well as ceilings of adequate height to ensure proper ventilation.
Proposed Community/School Contribution to the Project
The proposed community contribution to the project include the following:
- Provision of locally available materials including sand, stone, gravel and wood
- Unskilled labor for construction work
- At least one teacher to manage the library
- Community contribution of 40% of the total project cost
- Proposed Room to Read Contribution to the Project
- Construction materials including brick, steel rods and cement
- Delivery of construction materials to project site
- Skilled masons and carpenters for construction work
Room to Read will provide the following:
- Community training in project management and construction techniques
- Assistance in fundraising for Challenge Grant match
- Collaboration with community on creation of building design
- Technical support provided by Room to Read Engineer
- Library furniture, books, library materials, and library management training
- Room to Read contribution of 60% of the total project cost