COVID Update: From Emergency Response to Fostering Equitable Recovery

READ Centers play a pivotal role during a crisis, providing disaster response and relief during emergencies, and promoting equity during recovery. Our READ Bhutan, READ India, and READ Nepal teams have been invaluable to READ communities over the past several months, supporting families as they deal with COVID and its effects and empowering individuals to […]

READ Center Microloans Provide a Lifeline During the COVID Crisis in Nepal

When COVID-19 shutdowns swept across Nepal, families that relied on income from informal jobs were left on the brink of extreme poverty. Without that income, they knew they couldn’t afford to feed themselves or their children reliably, heat their homes to keep warm in winter, or pay to send their children back to schools should […]

Founder Toni Neubauer Awarded Dr. Dilli Raman Regmi International Peace Award by Nepalese Ministry of Education

On behalf of READ Global and READ Nepal, Dr. Antonia (Toni) Neubauer was awarded the 2019 Dr. Dilli Raman Regmi International Peace Award on July 13, 2020 during a ceremony in Kathmandu, Nepal. The recognition, granted annually by the Dilli Raman Regmi Memorial Library Development Committee under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of […]

Flexibility, Resilience, and READ Centers’ Response to COVID

The flexibility and deft responsiveness to local context and needs that READ Centers in Bhutan, India, and Nepal have demonstrated since the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic is a strong sign of their resilience and effective local leadership–elements that are crucial for our teams’ longevity and sustained impact in their regions. Nationwide, India and Nepal […]

Standing for Justice and Peace

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This week, we find ourselves reflecting on the tumultuous context we all are operating in. The world grieves the 444,000 lives lost due to COVID-19 and faces a global recession unknown to many in our generation, and we are simultaneously called to […]

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 […]

This Center Is Completely Self-Sustaining

When a visitor enters the Panauti READ Center’s charming wooden Nepali doors, they notice cheerful children interacting with engaged adults and seniors, and young women leading their peers through health education trainings or programs to help victims of domestic violence heal from the trauma they have suffered. The long-term, independent sustainability of each READ Center […]

The Path to Safer Migration: Personal Stories of Two Common Scenarios

The promise of higher earnings to send home from employment abroad entices thousands to leave their country every day across Bhutan, India, and Nepal. Whether due to lack of information or options, those who choose to migrate are often taken advantage of. A dishonest recruiter or agent might steal a migrant’s money, abandon a migrant […]

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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