Many of you know that what got me to finally tackle the challenging and scary task of writing my book wasn't just the idea that I could help others grow a business like mine. I had a real sense of urgency once it dawned on me that the book could help others around the world have brighter futures.
I was so inspired to learn that:
- If all children in low-income countries left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty.
- A child born to a literate woman is twice as likely to survive past age five.
- Proceeds from my book could make a real difference in the futures of kids on the other side of the world who don't have the opportunities that Nate and Bebe have had.
So John and I decided to partner up with SF-based Room to Read, which focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in Asia and Africa. They've created an innovative model that can be replicated, localized and sustained by governments.
We thought it would take a whole year to be able to fund a school literacy program. But because of the incredible support for my book, it took only 4 months. Then the fun part of trying to figure out where we wanted the literacy program to begin, including the consideration of one day wanting to visit with Nate and Bebe to meet the children all of you–my enthusiastic readers–have impacted.
It's with overflowing excitement that John and I announce the establishment of a literacy program at the Ntsie Primary School in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa! This school serves Grades 1-5, and the program will include the creation of a separate school library (instead of the library being in a little corner of a classroom), teacher training and support and reading and writing instruction support.
Room to Read conservatively estimates that our support of this program will benefit more than 1500 students over 10 years!
We look forward to learning about the impact the program is having on these kids, and we'll be thrilled to share updates with you.
Huge thank you to everyone who bought my book, posted about it on social media, gave it an Amazon review, made it the focus of a book group or team training series and gifted it to your biz partners. You've helped me inspire tens of thousands of people Get Over Their Damn Selves, and we're just getting started.
Please remember, you're also helping children in eastern South Africa dream bigger for themselves, their families and their community. Mpumalanga is the Zulu name for “the place where the sun rises”, and I can think of no better endeavor than helping others have brighter futures!
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