Archive for the ‘nepal’ Category

Communities Thrive & the Urgency of Fighting Human Trafficking

According to the U.S. State Department, about 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders, every year. Because of systemic issues surrounding poverty, economic instability, mass migration due to famine or lack of job opportunity, some of the key elements that make communities vulnerable to human trafficking is a lack of options, and limited public awareness […]

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 […]

Celebrating our 100th Center!

After ending 2016 with new centers opening in both India and Bhutan, we are thrilled to announce the launch of four more READ Centers in Nepal in the first quarter of 2017, helping us reach a remarkable milestone of 100 READ Centers across South Asia! Round Up of READ Centers Launched in 2016 In India, […]

Returning to Kumari – Subhadra’s Resilience

Nearly two years after the April 2015 twin earthquakes shook Nepal, Subhadra looks at the plot of land she donated to the villagers of Kumari where the community’s original center once stood. Though her heart cried when it fell, today she smiles, knowing that soon a new more resilient center will rise. The process of […]

Celebrating Women Change-Makers in Rural Asia

On International Women’s Day 2017, READ stands committed to working towards gender parity and making women’s work visible at all levels of development. Working in South Asia for over 25 years, READ’s leadership has observed firsthand, how empowered women are boldly offering solutions to their communities’ biggest challenges, and working together to ensure that everyone […]

Who We’re Grateful For Today

Since the opening of the very first READ library in 1991, our centers have acted as the ultimate equalizer. They serve as spaces for communities to come together regardless of education level, ethnicity, or caste so they can collaborate to build more resilient communities. Because READ Centers are owned and managed by a community, they […]

I Can Still Taste The Chilies!

Greetings from San Francisco! After returning from a nearly month-long trip of traveling throughout South Asia to visit our READ Centers, I’m so excited to update you on all of the incredible sights, experiences and announcements. First things first! We launched four new READ Centers – two in Nepal and two in India while I […]

Six Years Celebrating Women’s Strength and Resilience

Six years ago today, I became the Executive Director of READ Global, the amazing organization that I am still honored to lead. It didn’t dawn on me until years later how perfect it was that I joined READ on International Women’s Day. When I started traveling in southern Asia about 15 years ago, I was […]

This Is Cause For Celebration!

With International Literacy Day coming and going earlier this week (be sure to check out our inspiring Profiles of Empowerment if you haven’t already), we’re so proud of our READ Centers’ celebratory activities and the impact they made in their communities. Without a doubt, this was READ’s most successful Literacy Day yet! In Bhutan, READ […]

Nepal Earthquake Rebuilding: What Happens Next?

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25th killed over 8,500 people, injured more than 23,000, and devastated countless poverty-stricken villages. An aftershock earthquake followed only two weeks later. READ staff delivers shelter materials, which displaced mothers and newborns are at high risk without   It was the strongest earthquake Nepal had seen […]

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