Nomura Group Presents Charity Concert to Help Build Elementary School in Laos

In collaboration with the Pacific Music Festival, an international educational music festival held each summer in Japan, Nomura will hold a charity concert on August 5 and donate a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales to Room to Read, a non-profit organization that provides educational support to children in developing countries.

Based on our philosophy of creating a better world for future generations, Nomura is involved in a wide range of educational programs around the world Room to Read shares this philosophy of supporting the education of future generations, making it the perfect partner for Nomura to donate the proceeds of the concert to.

Room to Read is a global organization seeking to transform the lives of millions of children in the developing world through a focus on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children, Room to Read works in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and to ensure girls have the skills and support needed to complete their secondary education. Since 2000, Room to Read has impacted the lives of more than four million children by providing increased access to high-quality educational opportunities through its network of libraries and schools, local language children's books and its girls' education program. Room to Read is changing children's lives in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zambia and aims to reach 10 million children by 2015.

The funds from ticket sales will be combined with donations from Nomura employees and concert attendees and donated to Room to Read's School Room program to build an elementary school in northern Laos. The Phiangdokkham Elementary School is expected to be completed in December 2010 and will welcome about 150 students, the majority of whom will come from minority ethnic groups in the region.

To learn more about Room to Read

Room to Read website

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