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 […]

Invest in Women, Elevate Communities: A Closer Look at the Financial Impact on Women at READ Centers

“Thanks to READ Centers, women are more confident, have greater self-esteem, and are able to start and run their own businesses.” ~ READ Nepal staff member Supporting women’s empowerment and women’s entrepreneurship is one of the MOST effective ways to lift families, communities, countries, and whole regions out of poverty. This key takeaway from a […]

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April 2019 Update: Empowering Women and Youth in Asia

In 2019, we’re excited to share news about bold initiatives tackling human trafficking and ensuring youth and girls participation in the growing tech sector leveraging the extensive network of READ Centers and communities in the region. Because of READ’s inclusive community-led approach, and through the beauty of partnerships and the flexibility of our model, we’re […]

Moving with the Digital World: Information and Technology Trainings in Bhutan

16-year-old Tshering always had a great interest in learning new skills pertaining to computers and new technologies. But because Tshering resides in Changjiji in Thimphu, Bhutan, her access to computers, internet or the opportunities to develop 21st-century skills is none too easy. READ Bhutan’s Engaging Youth with Information and Computer Technology Trainings (ICT) project was […]

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