Mountain Mayhem: Room to Read Luncheon |

Mountain Mayhem: Room to Read Luncheon

Terri Caine with Room to Read founder John Wood and Lisa Baker.

Founded in Nepal in 2000, Room to Read’s roots began as a small nonprofit that brought donated books to rural communities. It has since grown into a global organization with 52 chapters, including one in Aspen, each dedicated to promoting and enabling education and gender equality.

On Feb. 21, the Aspen chapter gathered for their annual luncheon at Cloud Nine featuring Room to Read founder John Wood. Now based in Hong Kong, Wood traveled from afar to be a part of the special occasion held on a blustery winter day up high on Aspen Highlands.

He revealed in full details the concept of the “lottery of life” and how many children aren’t presented with opportunities others may take for granted such as a right to an education and encouragement to learn.

Through its work building schools and school libraries, publishing local-language children’s books, training teachers on literacy education and supporting girls to complete secondary school, Room to Read has reached more than 10 million children as of 2015.

Since starting the Aspen Valley chapter in 2009, the local arm of Room to Read has made a major impact, raising more than $500,000 to support literacy in developing countries.

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