The Mead Family Foundation will fund the building of schools, preschools, and libraries in Cambodia, India, and Vietnam in partnership with Room to Read. The schools, preschools, and libraries will be built in communities that have been awarded a 'Challenge Grant' from Room to Read. Projects are undertaken in partnership with the local community, who must contribute to the project (either through funding, materials, land, and/or labor). In taking ownership of the project, the local community remains committed to developing sustainable institutions that will continue to benefit the education of local children in the long term.
The foundation, in conjunction with Room to Read, will examine specific countries and programs to evaluate where best to deploy resources. There will also be an analysis of whether libraries, pre-schools, or schools are the most effective means of expanding educational access in a particular community. Based on the findings and subject to execution of plans with local communities, it is anticipated that implementation of the first phase will begin within three to six months from formal commitment. The focus will be on school-aged children and their families, as well as adults more broadly in the particular community.
Libraries will be established in either existing schools or other environments where children have a need to learn (orphanages, hospitals and community centers) creating a child friendly learning environment with 300 - 3,000 age appropriate local and English language books.