Primary-school children helped by Room to Read in Nuwakot, Nepal.

Room to Read co-founder on trip that sowed the seeds of charity 20 years ago, and the schoolchildren, especially girls, it has helped

John Wood, then a Sydney executive, was appalled when he visited a school in Nepal on holiday and saw only three books there; he returned with 3,000, and helped set up an education charity that has reached 12.4 million children in 20 years

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Primary-school children helped by Room to Read in Nuwakot, Nepal.
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Bhakti Mathur

Bhakti Mathur

Bhakti took to writing in 2010 when she created the popular Amma, Tell Me series of children’s picture books about Indian festivals and mythology. After a long stint as a banker, she now juggles her time between her writing, her passion for yoga and long-distance running, and her family.