Our Impact

2.1 million rural villagers have access to READ Centers.
85 READ Centers established to date.
117 for-profit enterprises sustain READ Centers.
241 villages are served by READ Centers.
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We are a non-profit organization working in rural Asia to build community library and resource centers (READ Centers) and launch small businesses. Our Centers offer programs in education, economic empowerment, technology, and women's empowerment. Learn more.

It's Never Too Late: Gyan Maya's Story

Gyan Maya

Like many young girls in the rural villages of Nepal, Gyan Maya Tamang is a victim of forced, early marriage. After countless years of hard labor, Gyan Maya began to attend a local READ Center's literacy class at age 66. Read her story.

A Year of Growth, Happiness, and Reading in Bhutan

Yangthang Library Committee Bhutan

The King of Bhutan has declared 2015 the National Reading Year - one of the latest initiatives to support the progress of Gross National Happiness. Read the blog post.

Nepal Earthquake Rebuilding: What Happens Next?

Cracked home

Still in the wake of April's deadly earthquakes, Nepal is now undergoing monsoon season. Find out how READ and Nepal continue to collaborate and rebuild - even during the most dangerous times of the year. Read more.

New READ Centers Launched in India and Bhutan

Yangthang rainbow

We have some exciting updates for you! Thanks to dedicated supporters like you, along with the hard work of our tireless field staff, we’re proud to announce that READ Global has opened three new READ Centers in India and Bhutan. Read more.