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.
You can Read
You Can Read is a literacy campaign with a bold goal: Getting one million more people reading in their community. The campaign accomplishes this by partnering with schools to organize reading events in across America. These consist of volunteers coming into schools and reading with students. This is an essential way to both raise awareness on illiteracy and combat it.
You Can Read is rolling out initially in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Los Angeles, California.
read & rice
Read & Rice is WGI's flagship initiative in Asia. The program targets illiteracy in the region by organizing free English classes. Food is given to those who participate, as an incentive to attend. These two aspects make up the name "Read" and "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 five Asian countries: Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines, & Indonesia.
Our Digital Libraries program is working to build these libraries in Tanzania. A digital library is like a traditional library, except all resources are on computers. These libraries provide information that people don't normally have.
The Digital Libraries program scouts schools in Africa and works with local leadership to develop these libraries on campus. Libraries are housed on and managed by the school. The first library will be launched in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in early 2018.