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 70 Centers in Nepal, 45 in India and 8 in Bhutan (123 in total).
COVID may have slowed down the construction of these new Centers, but their openings are proof that communities motivated to build better lives for their families cannot be stopped. The local people themselves have dedicated their time and energy to design their library, select its contents, and facilitate local contributions to build community ownership. That community investment is paying off. The Godawari Badikhel mayor already boasts that the library exemplifies the prestige of his municipality and has committed to supporting the creation of branch libraries to further its reach.
As COVID numbers decrease, READ Founder Antonia Neubauer and Executive Director Sanjana Shrestha will travel to South Asia to visit some of the new Centers in March 2022. While there, they will inaugurate the new READ Center in Takukot, Gorkha, once the epicenter of the 2015 earthquake.
READ is extremely grateful for its local community partners and donors who have made this possible, including the Shanti Volunteer Association, Avery Dennison India, Accenture, the West Foundation, and READ Global’s amazing group of individual supporters.
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