What if we told you that over 700 million people can't read or write? Hundreds of millions unable to understand schooling, read medication, or even express themselves. This grim reality is what drives WGI and the work we do.

Visit the Where We Work page to see the below programs in action.

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You can Read

You Can Read is a campaign to get volunteers into schools reading with students. The campaign addresses a key issue in childhood literacy: Many children spend an insufficient amount of time reading. By mobilizing volunteer readers into schools, You Can Read helps children build their reading skills and a lifelong appreciation for literacy.

You Can Read launched in February 2018 and is active in Baton Rouge, Louisiana & Los Angeles, California. 


read & rice

Read & Rice is an Asia based literacy program that teaches participating students how to read & write. The program, which is taught in English, also provides food to students as an incentive for attendance. These two aspects make up the name “Read” & “Rice”.

Read and Rice works in local collaboration with partners to reach those who'd best benefit. Read & Rice, using a curriculum designed by WGI, is active in four Asian cities: Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, & Jakarta.