READ would like to thank all of our institutional partners from around the world for joining us in inspiring rural prosperity. Leading corporations, foundations, international NGOs, and government funders have partnered with us to further our mission through monetary contributions, program partnerships, in-kind support, and employee engagement. A selection of our featured partnerships are listed below. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a partner, please visit our Becoming a Partner page.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been an integral partner for READ since 2006, when READ Nepal won the Foundation’s Access to Learning Award. Since then the Foundation has supported our expansion into Bhutan and India, and has more recently provided capacity-building funding to help us strengthen our program design, information and communications technology offerings, monitoring and evaluation processes, and fundraising capacity.
The Reach Out to Asia Foundation, in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has begun an exciting new partnership with READ in Nepal. This four-year, $2 million grant will allow us to significantly increase the number of READ Centers, develop new youth programs, and strengthen our information & communication technology (ICT) resources and programs– benefiting approximately 100,000 people.
Caterpillar Foundation is partnering with READ to continue our expansion in India to the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Through this four-year, $500,000 partnership, we will establish 3-4 READ Centers and provide communities with educational programs that will benefit an estimated 25,000 people.
Walmart India and CAF India have partnered with READ India in rural Rajasthan on a women’s empowerment initiative to provide education, leadership development and livelihood training to women. The two-year project has reached 2,500 women in the underprivileged community of Geejgarh, enabling them to read and write, take the lead in various village forums, and increase their livelihoods by stitching dresses and cloth shopping bags.
The University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School awarded READ the 2013 Barry and Marie Lipman Family Prize, which annually recognizes one organization creating sustainable solutions to social and economic challenges. READ received a cash prize and is partnering with Wharton/UPenn faculty, students and alumni to further READ’s work.
We are one of the partners of Amazon India’s Gift a Smile program, which enables you to make a gift to a READ Center in India instantly and conveniently. You can gift products like books, toys, games, music, video games, sports equipment, health & personal care among others, from the “Gift a Smile wishlist” at www.amazon.in. Your gift will benefit underprivileged children and women, and Amazon will deliver them directly. In addition to the products that you gift us, Amazon will donate proceeds received from the sale of these items. Amazon India is one of the leading e-tailers in India. Website: www.amazon.in.
Swades Foundation and READ are partnering to expand READ’s work into rural Maharashtra, India, and hope to establish several Centers to provide an array of education and livelihood skills trainings to support the economic empowerment of thousands of rural villagers.
The Druk Satair Corporation Ltd., a Bhutanese mining company, is partnering with READ to establish a READ Center in Pema Ghatsel District Bhutan. Druk Satair is providing funding, coordinating the construction of the Center infrastructure, and helping to mobilize community members.
Sojern, a data-driven traveler engagement platform, is leveraging its media and technology expertise to drive awareness of READ Global programs. Sojern’s regional teams will participate in fundraising efforts for READ, contribute their skills to READ infrastructure projects, and travel on-site to help support READ Centers.