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In this photo, we see a very colorful one-story building across the street. It is yellow and orange, and adorned with Nepalese Prayer Flags, as well as an arch of balloons around the entrance, celebrating the Center's recent opening. Power lines cross the sky in the foreground, and a forest of trees colors the distant in the background behind the Center.

READ’s Network of Centers Is Expanding!

The winter of 2021-2022 has been a period of growth for the READ family. Three new READ Centers have opened—one in Nepal in Badikhel near Kathmandu, and two in India in Pune, Maharashtra and Rajpura, Punjab. An additional three Centers will be opening in the Spring of 2022. With these new Centers, READ will have […]

Our Vision for 2022 and Beyond

We celebrated READ Global’s 30 year anniversary this year! Starting from a single library in Nepal, we have expanded to Bhutan and India and have established a total of 112 READ Centers in South Asia, providing access to 2.52 million people. As we enter into another decade of impact, our board and staff embarked on […]

Leadership Changes at READ Global in 2020

This is a special message from Tina Sciabica, READ Global Executive Director, about upcoming leadership changes at READ Global. Tina Sciabica, Sanjana Shrestha, and READ Global founder, Dr. Antonia Neubauer, together in Nepal Dearest Supporters & Friends, I hope you and your families are all doing well and staying safe and healthy during these challenging […]

How We’re Empowering Women – International Women’s Day 2020

In the 25 years since the signing of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action for Universal Women’s Rights, READ Global has strengthened its own commitment to advancing gender equality. By uplifting women’s voices and rights, READ Centers have helped transform gender norms in communities, a shift that helps everyone living in the community to […]

Smoothing the Rocky Path of Migration: IREX and READ Global Begin at the Source

Guest blog by Rachel Peterson, Dining for Women Chapter Co-leader For the 21% of the world’s workers living off of less than $3.10 per day, just having a job is not enough to keep them and their families out of poverty. Low-quality, low-paying jobs lead many to consider migration in search of work that can […]

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April 2019 Update: Empowering Women and Youth in Asia

In 2019, we’re excited to share news about bold initiatives tackling human trafficking and ensuring youth and girls participation in the growing tech sector leveraging the extensive network of READ Centers and communities in the region. Because of READ’s inclusive community-led approach, and through the beauty of partnerships and the flexibility of our model, we’re […]

Meet Sunita – Sports, Scholarships, and Choice

For most Nepali women, to even consider wearing shorts is progressive. In our latest video, we see one of our featured READ center members, Sunita (16 years old), sporting her classic football uniform of a jersey and shorts. Young girls often look on during these games, shy, from the proverbial bleachers in traditional kurta dresses. Occasionally playing football […]

How education impacts women’s leadership in India

This January, the Indian State of Rajasthan passed an executive order barring anyone with less than eight years of formal education from running for election for head of village council (gram panchayat). This effectively disqualified roughly half of men and three-quarters of women from running in elections that began in January, and will impact more […]

Education in Nepal – A 30-Year Retrospective

When I first trekked up to the beautiful blue pilgrimage lake of Gosainkund in Nepal in 1984, the national literacy rate was about 33% (less for women), and the average yearly income was about $160 per person, though much of the economy was based on a barter system. Infant mortality was very high, and health […]

Libraries Reach the Unreached in South Asia

Despite widespread efforts over the past fifteen years to improve education in South Asia – mostly through access to primary education – the ground reality is that hundreds of millions of people are being left behind, and the causes and implications go far beyond school walls. Drop-out rates remain staggeringly high: 1 in 3 students […]

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