Our Impact

2.1 million rural villagers have access to READ Centers.
83 READ Centers established to date.
117 for-profit enterprises sustain READ Centers.
241 villages are served by READ Centers.
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We are a non-profit organization working in rural Asia to build community library and resource centers (READ Centers) and launch small businesses. Our Centers offer programs in education, economic empowerment, technology, and women's empowerment. Learn more.

Nepal Earthquake Relief: Updates

Nuwakot earthquake

READ Centers in Nepal are already organizing blood drives, providing free ambulance services, and distributing food, water, medicine, and tarp tents for shelter to earthquake victims: Read updates from the field.

Earthquakes in Nepal

nepal earthquake

Nepal suffered a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on April 25, followed by a series of aftershocks including one of 7.3 magnitude on May 12. There is a continuing need for relief and ongoing rebuilding efforts. Read more.

A Library for my Village in Bhutan for National Reading Year

Yangthang Library Committee Bhutan

2015 is officially National Reading Year in Bhutan! Read this great guest post by Bhutanese blogger Passu, who joined with READ to open a library in his home village of Yangthang. Read the blog post.

Nepal women receive prenatal care via mobile app

Prenatal Care via Mobile

In Nepal, 4 out of 10 pregnant women will never visit a doctor. 1 in 200 will die in childbirth. Our Jhuwani Community Library and Resource Center launched a prenatal health program using a mobile app called amakomaya.com to help save the lives of mothers and their babies. Read more.