Click here to read the NYT Op-Ed about John Wood and his charity, "Room to Read," which has opened 12,000 libraries and 1,500 schools in the world. Here's a small portion of the article:
"So many American efforts to influence foreign countries have misfired — not least here in Vietnam a generation ago. We launch missiles, dispatch troops, rent foreign puppets and spend billions without accomplishing much. In contrast, schooling is cheap and revolutionary. The more money we spend on schools today, the less we’ll have to spend on missiles tomorrow.
Wood, 47, is tireless, enthusiastic and emotional: a motivational speaker with no off button. He teared up as girls described how Room to Read had transformed their lives.
“If you can change a girl’s life forever, and the cost is so low, then why are there so many girls still out of school?” he mused."