Our Impact

2.1 million rural villagers have access to READ Centers.
80 READ Centers established to date.
104 for-profit enterprises sustain READ Centers.
237 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.

How education impacts women’s leadership in India

Rajasthan Women

This ‪International Women's Day‬, we asked female leaders in India about how education impacts leadership. In January, the State of Rajasthan barred anyone with less than 8 yrs of formal education from local elections - disqualifying 3/4 of women. Read the blog post.

3 Libraries Launched in Nepal with Reach out to Asia

Jahada Youth

This winter, READ opened three new Centers in the Terai region of southern Nepal, as part of an exciting new partnership with The Reach out to Asia Foundation. Through the partnership, we will open many Centers, launch youth programs, and strengthen our technology resources in Nepal. Read more.

Nepal women receive prenatal care via mobile app

Prenatal Care via Mobile

In Nepal, 4 out of 10 pregnant women will never visit a doctor. 1 in 200 will die in childbirth. Our Jhuwani Community Library and Resource Center launched a prenatal health program using a mobile app called amakomaya.com to help save the lives of mothers and their babies. Read more.

A Library for my Village in Bhutan for National Reading Year

Yangthang Library Committee Bhutan

2015 is officially National Reading Year in Bhutan! Read this great guest post by Bhutanese blogger Passu, who joined with READ to open a library in his home village of Yangthang. Read the blog post.