READ India

READ India

Why India?

Poverty tears many families apart in rural India when villagers are forced to migrate to urban centers to look for work. Although India has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, most still live below the poverty line. There are more illiterate people in India than in any other country in the world. Women are impacted the most: nearly half are illiterate, and education is rarely prioritized for girls, leaving them without the skills they need to earn an income to support their families.


READ's work in India


12 Centers established
202,105 Rural villagers have access to READ Centers
17 Sustaining enterprises launched

READ expanded to India in 2007 to empower women and marginalized groups, and create educational and economic opportunities in rural areas. We work in the states of Delhi, Haryana, Maharastra, Manipur, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. READ Centers are giving women the chance to learn to read, teaching people about their rights, and giving rural villagers skills to earn a living. Sustaining enterprises range from a gooseberry processing facility, to sewing and weaving businesses. READ India is home one of our all-women-operated centers, as well as several women’s self-help groups.

Read stories of empowerment from India.

Programs

  • Agricultural training
  • Distance learning
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Health awareness and sensitization
  • Information Communications Technology
  • Literacy
  • Women's Empowerment

69%

live on less than $2 per day 1

48%

of adult women are illiterate 2

70%

live in rural areas 3

Only 25%

of the labor force is female4

READ Centers in India

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