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New READ Centers Launched in India and Bhutan

We have some exciting updates for you! Thanks to dedicated supporters like you, along with the hard work of our tireless field staff, we’re proud to announce that READ Global has opened three new READ Centers in India and Bhutan. Our new center in the Yangthang village is Bhutan’s 7th READ center, which will provide […]

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 […]

Early Childhood Education in India – Rural Playschool

This blog post was written by Reema Ahuja, School In-Charge of the READ India Playschool. More than 80% of brain growth occurs between birth and age six in a child. These early years form perhaps the most crucial period in a person’s life, when the rate of development is very high and foundations are laid […]

Volunteering for Environmental and Social Change

This blog post was written by Sara Mitsinikos, who volunteered with READ in Bhutan and India in the summer of 2014. Our world is globalizing at an increasingly rapid pace, impacting everything from local economies, to social norms around gender, to the environment. These changes impact people around the world – including rural villagers in […]

Job Skills Training to Empower Women in India

From media attention about sexual assault to an increased focus on the 33% of women who are illiterate, women’s empowerment in India is a growing national issue. One area in which India lags behind even its neighboring countries in South Asia is in women’s participation in the labor force: only 29% of Indian women work. […]

Nepal Village supports its Library through Turmeric

Imagine you are a rural farmer, like over 80% of the population of Nepal, who relies on the limited crops you can grow on your land to feed your family. You never have a surplus to sell for a profit, so you have no income. You are illiterate, like 43% of Nepalis, which makes it […]

READ India launches 13th Center in Rajasthan

READ is proud to announce the opening of our 13th Center in India, the Mohini READ Center in Devli village, Bharatpur, Rajasthan on May 9, 2014. Only 70% of people in the Bharatpur district are literate (just 54% of women), making the resources provided by the new Center critical to the education of the village. […]

Building a future beyond polio and illiteracy in India

Imagine at age 16, you are living in poverty, illiterate, and disabled because of polio. What would your future look like? This past week marked an historic occasion: the WHO officially declared that polio has been eradicated in India and ten other Asian countries. Yet what of the millions of polio survivors in India who […]

READ India: Finding a niche for textiles

This is the third of a four-part guest blogger series from MBAs Without Borders‘ Kathryn Svobodny on her 5-month advisory experience with READ Global. Click here to read the previous post. Thoughts of India bring to mind a number of exciting images: Yoga, elephants, megacities, and of course, markets. Both Indians and visitors love to […]

Reaching out to Rural Entrepreneurs

This is the first of a four-part guest blogger series from MBAs Without Borders‘ Kathryn Svobodny on her 5-month advisory experience with READ Global. Imagine that you are an entrepreneur with a high quality, in-demand product, but you can only sell your products to your neighbors. You live in a rural village with poor roads, […]

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