Recently I discovered Room to Read. It's a global non profit started by an ex-marketing director of Microsoft that creates schools and libraries in third world countries. It's run like a profitable business and expanding like one too. They're opening more libraries a day then Starbucks or McDonalds can open stores.

As of their last quarter their stats are;

  1. Schools 1,450
  2. Libraries 12,522
  3. Books Published 591
  4. Books Distributed 10 million
  5. Girls' Education Participants 13,667
  6. Children Benefited 6.0 million

This doesn't include the over 500 children's books they've commissioned and published in local lanaguages to aid in their quest for world wide literacy.