Archive for 2013

READ India expands to Uttar Pradesh

On September 25, READ India opened its 10th Center in India and its first in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Three-quarters of the state’s population lives in rural areas, and 33% of its rural residents are illiterate. The Aghapur READ Center will provide 11,500 villagers with access to essential educational resources, including a library, computers, […]

Bicycle Outreach in Bhutan

A group of teenagers in Chuzagang, Bhutan, are paying forward the opportunities they’ve been afforded to the rest of their community. Earlier this year, 24 students received bicycles as a donation from Wheels4Life through their local READ Center. Today, they’re using those bikes to do educational outreach in nearby villages. The bikes were intended to […]

Libraries Provide Health Services in India

Health is vital to the prosperity of rural villagers, who are often isolated from critical resources that are only available at hospitals in larger cities. Simple treatments like vaccinations, eye exams, and annual check-ups can make the difference between a child who can’t go to school and one who is engaged in the classroom. To […]

READ Nepal wins innovation award

In August, READ Nepal received a Public Library Innovation Award from Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) at the IFLA WLIC 2013 for its commitment to empowering women in innovative ways at our Model Center in Kathmandu, Nepal. Gender discrimination is pervasive in Nepal—girls’ education is a low priority and as a result, 48% of Nepalese […]

READ Nepal opens 54th Center

With the help of an ambitious READ supporter, the village of Madi now has an ally in the fight against rural poverty. After embarking on a life-changing health and fitness regimen, Sarah Street trained for the New York Half Marathon and used the race as an opportunity to raise awareness about READ’s work. In just […]

Meet Barsa – “The Library has Become my Hands”

Barsa Silwal is a 39-year-old widowed mother of two from Chitwan, Nepal. When her husband passed away, she struggled to provide food and shelter for her son and daughter. Her single status left her ostracized in her community, and her husband’s family wouldn’t support her because she is a member of a different caste. As […]

READ India Center Opens Local School

For children living in rural India, formal schools are often inaccessible or lacking in resources. The nearest town with a school may be far away, and parents are anxious about letting children travel long distances on their own, especially girls. As a result, many children are pulled out of school before they reach their teens—or […]

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