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.1 For more than half of the rural population, it takes longer than half an hour to get to the nearest all-weather road,2 making it hard for rural Nepalis to access resources. Social norms make girls’ education a low priority, and as a result 53.3% of women can’t read.3 Schools are often inaccessible and have no books for a library or resources for a computer lab. Furthermore, less than 30% of the rural population has access to electricity.4
READ's work in Nepal
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
READ Centers in NepalCenters Featured Centers
 World Bank DataBank 2014
 World Bank, Transport in South Asia, 2007
 UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Nepal Country Profile 2011 and World Bank DataBank 2014
 World Bank, "Power and People: The Benefits of Renewable Energy in Nepal"
 United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report Indices 2013
 UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Nepal Country Profile 2011