Archive for the ‘education’ Category

10 ways to empower women

1  Create a safe space: Women in South Asia often have nowhere to gather with other women and talk about issues like gender equity, women’s rights, or health. READ Centers provide a safe, trusted space for women to gather and learn. “The Center is a safe place for women, and we don’t really need approval […]

Planting seeds of education: Inaugurating READ’s 12th library in India

The pains of a 5:30am wake-up call and five hours on windy, bumpy rural Indian roads were quickly washed away when I stepped out of the vehicle to a cacophony of drums and cheers. Today we inaugurated our 12th READ Center in India, our first in Maharashtra. Today was the reason I do what I […]

Celebrating five years of education in rural Bhutan

Five years ago, READ opened the first rural public lending library in the entire country of Bhutan. This first READ Center was built in Ura, a small village in central Bhutan, with the hopes of seeding a much larger movement to provide rural villagers with access to critical education and opportunities across the country. While […]

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 […]

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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