An introduction from Biz & Ev

As a company that’s only one percent into its journey, we’re always thinking about our long term impact on the world. The Fledgling Initiative embodies two things that are at the core of Twitter’s mission: providing access to information and highlighting the power of open communication to bring about positive change. This initiative is just one piece of that approach. Take part in this mission and pre-buy our limited bottles of the wine. You can follow along with our wine-making activities on Twitter and at some points even participate in its creation. For each bottle you buy, $5 will be donated to Room to Read, a transformational non-profit that brings books, libraries and ultimately literacy to people in the poorest areas around the world. The efforts of Room to Read will benefit literacy, and in doing so they’ll allow Twitter to grow. Because if you can’t read you can’t Tweet!

Biz Stone & Evan Williams

What is Room to Read?

Over 300 million children around the world do not have access to education and most likely will never learn to read or write. Room to Read believes that all children, regardless of gender or background, have a right to education. By empowering children through this lifelong gift, Room to Read sees a world in which people are able to realize their full potential.

Room to Read began in Nepal ten years ago when Microsoft executive John Wood left his job to begin bringing donating books to rural communities. Today, it%u2019s a global non-profit organization providing opportunities that change children’s lives and communities throughout Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia. To date, Room to Read has established more than 700 schools and over 7,000 bilingual libraries with five million books, and supports the education of nearly 7,000 girls. Room to Read%u2019s programs have already reached more than three million children and hope to improve literacy for five million children by establishing over 10,000 libraries and distributing nearly nine million children’s books by 2010.

Imagine a world in which every child has access to an education. Room to Read is making this dream a reality, one child at a time.

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