Over 250 million children around the world are failing to achieve basic literacy skills, and more than two thirds of the world’s illiterate population are women and girls. We believe that all children, regardless of gender or geography, have a right to education.


Room to Read is a global organisation transforming the lives of nearly 11 million children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods which are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education.


We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organisations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls at risk of dropping out of school can complete high school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions.


Imagine a world in which every child has access to an education? At Room to Read we are doing our best to make this dream a reality, one child at a time and have already transformed education for ten million children throughout Asia and Africa. 


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Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune condition in which the immune system is activated to destroy the cells in the pancreas which produce insulin. We do not know what causes this auto-immune reaction. Type 1 diabetes is not linked to modifiable lifestyle factors. There is no cure and it cannot be prevented.

With Type 1 Diabetes the pancreas does not produce insulin and onset is usually abrupt and the symptoms become obvious.  Type 1 Diabetes is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions and can include excessive thirst and urination, unexplained weight loss, weakness and blurred vision.  Type 1 Diabetes is managed with insulin injections several times a day or the use of an insulin pump.


Diabetes Alive, in partnership with key market leaders  Medtronic, Variety – The Children’s Charity and Rotary Club St Ives have joined forces to provide free insulin pumps to young people whose families are not able to afford to buy one for them. 

Last year a strong partnership between Diabetes Alive, Medtronic, Variety The Children's Charity and the Rotary Club of St Ives raised funds to supply 15 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds round NSW to be given a free insulin pump. The cost of an insulin pump is $9,000 per pump. 

Type 1 Diabetes mortality rate is highest in babies, toddlers and preschoolers due to delayed diagnoses and greater vulnerability to dehydration. There is no cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

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