We at RAWLI always feel good about the work we do to help children in Africa.  It feels especially nice to know that others feel the same way.  RAWLI is pleased to have had some wonderful recognition from the community and media.  It is an honor to be recognized, along with the other wonderful leaders, organizations and volunteers, for doing what we love to do.

2017 Recognize Good Legend Award and Grant

In 2017, RecognizeGood, an organization in Austin that recognizes community members who are making a positive contribution in the world, honored RAWLI’s founder Carissa Mallory with their Legend award.  This award came with a $1,000 pay-it-forward donation that Carissa chose to give to RAWLI to help us continue our mission of providing educational resources to children living in nations with extreme poverty.


2016 Overpass Apps Software Development Grant

swahili-bb-splashIn 2016, Overpass Apps Ltd., an app developer from the United Kingdom, provided an in-kind grant of software development services to help RAWLI develop a First-of-a-Kind educational game to assist Swahii speaking primary school students learn English.  The app, called Swahili to English Bubble Bath, allows Swahili speakers to hear the proper pronunciation of words as they learn basic vocabulary.  The game is designed to become progressively more challenging as the subject matter is learned.  Topics include numbers, colors, animals, and common phrases.


2016 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Matching Grant

In honor of Giving Tuesday 2016, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided matching grants of $1,000 for charities, awarded for donations made via Facebook.



2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Award – High School Winner and Distinguished Finalist for the State of Texas

RAWLI’s Founder, Carissa Mallory, was designated as Vandegrift High School’s winner for the Prudential Spirit of Community award, an award sponsored by Prudential and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.  The award honors youth volunteers across the United States for projects that improve their communities.  She was also honored as one of the Distinguished Finalists for the State of Texas.


2016 President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award

The National Association of Secondary School Principals and Prudential certified Carissa Mallory for presentation of the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award in recognition of her sustained commitment to civic participation.



2015 KEDS Brave Life Project Grantee

In 2015, KEDS awardedkeds_brave_life_logo Carissa Mallory a Brave Life Project Grant, awarded to young women leaders to help them fulfill their dreams.  The KEDS grant gave RAWLI a financial and motivational kick-start, and helped us deliver more books to the Gerezani Primary School (GPS) library and expand the technology capacity at GPS with an additional iPad.   The judging criteria for the Brave Life Grant required Carissa to demonstrate a courageous vision, to think BIG and creatively, focus on individuality and demonstrate how the grant would provide a positive impact both in her life and in the lives of others.

Only 100 girls in the country were selected as Brave Life Project Grantees and we are honored to be in the company of such amazing young women who have big dreams not just for themselves, but for others, and are working to help make those dreams come true.

2017 RAWLI Founder Carissa Mallory Featured by Hill Country News  as “A Girl with Spirit”







2015 Reading Around the World Featured by TWC News Giving Back Series


Reading Around the World was featured by TWC, a local television station that honors unsung heroes who dedicate their spare time to helping and improving the way of life for others.  Giving Back is a segment that uncovers dynamic individuals in the community, giving them recognition and raising awareness of worthy causes.



2015 Reading Around the World Featured by Four Points News

Learning about iPads

In 2015, Carissa Mallory was excited to be a guest contributor to the Four Points News to share Reading Around the World’s story with the Austin community.  Her article was featured in the edition prior to Spring Break, allowing local students to use their time productively over Spring Break to help RAWLI collect children’s books and brighten the world for others.



2015 Reading Around the World featured in the Vandegrift Voice

Honored to have the Vandegrift Voice feature RAWLI and help us raise awareness for kids in Tanzania.

Students create non profit to help kids obtain books in Africa

Reading Around the World Earns GuideStar Bronze Badge

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on non-profits.  In recognition of our commitment to provide transparency to donors, GuideStar has awarded RAWLI with a Bronze participation level badge.   This is the highest level that a newly established charity can obtain, since financial operating results are required to earn Silver or higher levels.