The World Literacy Foundation is a global not-for-profit organization working to lift young people out of poverty through the power of literacy.
We believe that every child should be able to read and write, so they can enjoy lifelong learning and empowerment.
We are committed to building strong partnerships, providing assistance to grassroots literacy organizations and maximizing our impact through innovative solutions, that bring quality education materials to classrooms across the world. Read more.

1 OUT OF 5 PEOPLE IN THE WORLD
CANNOT READ OR WRITE

We’re Here To Change That

When you help someone to learn to read and write, you are giving them the power of education and knowledge.
100% of online donations will go directly to fund our projects

WHY WE DO IT

We believe in literacy as the foundation to a lifelong learning and education, people that cannot read or write experience difficulties in developing simple every day task such as read the label of a  medicine bottle, fill in a job application or understand a traffic sign, so when we help someone to acquire literacy skills, we empowering them to afford better opportunities in life and breaking the poverty cycle.

  • SOCIAL IMPACT

    – People complete or functional illiterate face the prospect of poor health outcomes, welfare dependency, gender inequality and a lack of social cohesion.

    – Studies have shown the mother´s literacy level is closely related to child health and survival.

    – Literacy significantly enhances a person’s ability to access, understand and apply information about health to make accurate decisions.

    – Girls are still more likely than boys to never attend to school, and their incomes are 60-75% of men’s salaries.

    – Literacy promotes gender equality as a fundamental condition for the full enjoyment of human rights, provide better skills for work and socio-economic participation by women and men.

  • ECONOMIC IMPACT

    – Illiteracy costs the global economy $1.5 trillion annually. Literacy is the foundation of community and economic development.

    – 85% of all teenagers who are involved in criminal activities are functionally illiterate, high crime rates have a direct relation to low literacy skills.

    – 192 million people are unemployed worldwide, many unable to find a decent livelihood due to a lack of literacy and numeracy skills.

    ECONOMIC IMPACT

Read more about economic and social impact of illiteracy.

Illiteracy is an issue of governments, schools, families and
the wider community… your issue and mine as well.

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OUR PROJECTS

Read more information about our projects by region

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USA

2

AFRICA

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AUSTRALIA

4

SOUTH AMERICA

5

UK

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GLOBAL

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