READ Global Blog - The Library Log: On Proverty and Education in Rural Asia

Published: Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Nepal Agriculture Turmeric

Imagine you are a rural farmer, like over 80% of the population of Nepal, who relies on the limited crops you can grow on your land to feed your family. You never have a surplus to sell for a profit, so you have no income. You are illiterate, like 43% of Nepalis, which makes it difficult to get a job. You can’t break the cycle of poverty for your family by sending your children to school because you need their help on the farm just to grow enough food to make it through the year. These are the challenges that many rural people face across South Asia, like in Deurali village in Nepal.

READ launched a Center in Deurali in 2012, and today its sustaining enterprise is a turmeric cooperative that is creating local jobs and helping people break the cycle of poverty, while supporting local education.

Published: Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Kids at Badikhel Center

This is the second of a two-part guest blogger series from READ Nepal volunteer Melanie Avery on her experience with READ Global in Nepal.

Have you ever wondered what a READ Center looks like?

I hadn’t even heard of a READ Center until this year when I started volunteering at the non-profit organization READ Global in Nepal.

An Australian ex-pat living and working in Nepal, I came across READ when my partner and I were looking for a new apartment. The sign was unassuming but, with an interest in community development and a love for books and reading, it seemed the perfect match to me.

Published: Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Mel with Nepali Women

This is the first of a two-part guest blogger series from READ Nepal volunteer Melanie Avery on her experience with READ Global in Nepal.

Ka, Kha, Ga, Gha, Nga - my favorite letters of the Nepali alphabet. As an Australian living in Nepal, the national script Devanagari is foreign to me, as is the spoken language. I cannot read, nor write, and my ability to carry a conversation in Nepali is limited.

Published: Thursday, 17 July 2014

READ is proud to announce the opening of our 13th Center in India, the Mohini READ Center in Devli village, Bharatpur, Rajasthan on May 9, 2014. Only 70% of people in the Bharatpur district are literate (just 54% of women), making the resources provided by the new Center critical to the education of the village.

Published: Monday, 14 July 2014


In Bhutan, the Himalayan Kingdom renowned for the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), half the population has reason to be less than satisfied. Women generally do not hold leadership positions in the country - only 7% of elected officials are female, and decision-making in families and communities is typically dominated by men.