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 […]

Connecting Remote Villagers

In rural Bhutan, disseminating important information has been a challenging task; national newspapers do not always reach rural populations and even when they do, high rates of adult illiteracy mean that information still isn’t reaching the masses. One solution to keeping remote areas connected and informed is community radio. This is why READ Bhutan is […]

Empowering Bhutan’s Rural Women

When rural women don’t have access to livelihood skills, they miss out on opportunities like earning income, providing for themselves and their families, and becoming more respected in their communities. This is why READ Bhutan conceived and implemented Rural Livelihood – Empowering Bhutanese Women. Through this project, READ Bhutan has trained nearly 100 women in […]

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 […]

The Inside Scoop On The “Skills To Succeed” Program

In 2014, we reached out to Accenture to present our unique model and invite their team to check out a center in action. After seeing all of the activities going on in the Dehli READ Center, Accenture decided to partner with READ India for “Skills to Succeed” – Accenture’s global initiative to equip people with […]

New Centers Launched in India and Bhutan

After capping off 2015 with the launch of new READ Centers in India and Bhutan, and with the upcoming inauguration of two more READ Nepal centers in the pipeline – 2016 is already shaping up to be a truly standout year for READ Global. In November, READ India launched their 19th center in Tauru, Haryana, […]

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