Commend Efforts to Increase Literacy in Developing Nations


Target: David Risher, founder of the Worldreader organization

Goal: To commend group for supplying developing nations’ children with e-readers, increasing their literacy and interest in reading.

The Worldreader organization sends thousands of electronic reading devices, or e-readers, to developing nation’s schools. The access to printed materials is becoming harder to obtain, thus e-reading devices are becoming more economically viable as an approach to spread the love and value of reading. Publishing and distributing material in an e-book form costs much less then print format, and the devices popular today can hold thousands of textbooks and novels on their hard drives. The cost of these devices are lowering every year, and many are available for under $200 dollars. The Worldreader organization cooperates with local governments and schools and determines how much money they are willing to put toward e-readers for their students. The difference is then covered by donations from the Worldreader website, or any partnering companies.

During a family vacation in Ecuador in 2009, the former executive, David Risher, had a brilliant idea. Risher was visiting a small orphanage when he discovered that the building with a giant lock on its door was the village’s library. It had been locked up for several months, due to the loss of the key, and the village’s children loss of interesting in reading. After speaking with the leader more, Risher was told that new books wouldn’t arrive for several months, if they were to arrive at all. This was when e-readers were starting to explode onto the market and were becoming cheaper by the year. With the expansion of mobile connectivity, even in the most rural of areas, it’s becoming easier to find signals to download and update e-book material.

Founded in 2010, Worldreader has come a far way. In 2012, over 10,000 children and families have been supplied with e-readers, and an estimated 250,000 e-books have been downloaded. The Worldreader organization currently has operations in 5 african countries: Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania.

By signing the petition below, you will commend the efforts by the Worldreader non-profit organization. Education and literacy is important for living fulfilled lives. By supporting this cause, more children will experience easier access to a better education.


Dear David Risher,

I am writing to you today to commend you for your efforts with the Worldreader organization. The work you are doing is benefiting so many children in poorer areas, you are provided them with the ability to learn how to read better, and to enjoy reading more. Being able to read proficiently increases the brains power in almost every area. For developing nations who do not have easy access to printed material, the use of e-reading devices provides an easy, affordable solution.

Education is the basis for everything: improving cognitive functioning, history lessons, strategic and statistical skills, and of course creativity and imagination. With the rise of mobile connections around the world and the ease of downloading reading material, these students now stand a better chance of improving their lives. Since 2010, you have improved the lives of thousands of children, students, families and teachers through one simple device that offers access to textbooks, novels, newspapers and health information. Thank you again for you and your organizations caring efforts.


[Your Name Here]

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