READ Nepal

READ Nepal

Why Nepal?

With about 27 million people - more than half living on less than $2 per day - Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world.2 For more than a third of the rural population, it takes four hours or more to get to the nearest all-weather road,3 making it hard for rural Nepalis to access resources. Social norms make girls’ education a low priority, and as a result 48% of women can’t read. Schools are often inaccessible and have no books for a library or resources for a computer lab, and for much of the year, there is no electricity for up to 16 hours per day.2

READ's work in Nepal

54 Centers established
1.86 M Rural villagers have access to READ Centers
83 Sustaining enterprises launched

READ has its roots in Nepal, where our first office opened in 1991 after a rural villager told our founder that all he wanted for his village was a library. Since then we have opened READ Centers across the country, offering training programs in livelihood skills, literacy, health, and technology. With our partner communities, we have seeded sustaining enterprises that address community needs: from fish farming and turmeric farming to a community radio station. Almost 4,000 women participate in savings cooperatives at READ Centers in Nepal.

Read stories of empowerment from Nepal.


  • Community Solutions (agriculture, health, livelihoods, and more) – in partnership with Practical Action
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Literacy - in partnership with NORAD and NAAL and the Ministry of Education
  • Women's Empowerment


of adults are illiterate 1


live on less than $2 per day 2

1 in 3

live 4+ hours from the nearest
all-weather road3


don't have electricity 3

READ Centers in Nepal

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