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Leaving Microsoft to Change the World by John Wood
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Aug 18, 11

Read in March, 2011

It's back to school time, which consumes our brains with thoughts of school supplies and uniforms or back to school clothes. We wonder who got which teacher and who will be in whose class. But, it's not like that for everyone. It's not like that around the world. John Wood was a senior exec at Microsoft. A trekking trip to Nepal changed his perception of life - changed his life, and the lives of so many others. "Perhaps sir, you'll someday come back with books." Was a plea from a headmaster at a school with an empty library John met on his travels. He promised he would return with books. John Wood kept his promise. This is the story of how he left his fast-paced life to bring books and libraries to children who had never had the priveledge of either. Ten years later, John's organization, Room to Read www.roomtoread.org , has helped over 985,000 children around the world gain access to 9.4 million books, 11,246 libraries and 1442 schools. Now that's a happy ending, only it's not an ending, just a beginning. His story is eye-opening and inspiring. As you plan for back to school, whisper a prayer of thanks for the schools, buildings and books you and/or your children have access to. Shout a prayer for John Wood and his work and for all of those who have not.
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