READ Global Blog - The Library Log: On Proverty and Education in Rural Asia

Published: Friday, 06 February 2015

Maternal Health Mobile App

In Nepal, it is difficult for expecting mothers to regularly visit their doctors for prenatal health check-ups. They often have to travel a long way on foot to the nearest health clinic, sometimes across very rough terrain. These conditions also make it difficult for local health workers to keep track of patients.

Published: Friday, 30 January 2015

Grandfather Storytelling

For centuries, the history of Nepal has been transmitted from generation to generation through oral storytelling: passing on stories about culture, livelihoods, and the natural environment of the country. Yet as Nepalese society modernizes and globalizes, this practice has begun to recede: stories once told are forgotten; traditional dances blend with more modern variations; and local histories are lost.

Published: Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Yangthang READ Center construction

This is a guest post by blogger Passang "Passu" Tshering about the inauguration of National Reading Year in Bhutan in 2015, and the launch of the Yangthang READ Center. The original post can be found on his blog, - Journal of an Ordinary Bhutanese.

"You must read about everything around you- not just subjects that interest you. You must learn about current events, history, science, culture and people around the world. The pursuit of knowledge must be lifelong." - His Majesty the King of Bhutan on the launch of National Reading Year, 2015.

Published: Wednesday, 03 December 2014

Library of Congress Literacy Awards

Most of us take for granted our ability to easily access information, almost wherever and whenever we want. Books, computers, and cell phones are standard tools in our homes, schools and offices.

Now, imagine that for one day, you couldn’t use the Internet or read books. You couldn’t check your email, scan the news online, or log into Facebook. If you had a question about something, you couldn’t simply Google it. You couldn’t even visit a library to find the answer in a book.

Published: Monday, 10 November 2014

Nepal Junbesi trek

When I first trekked up to the beautiful blue pilgrimage lake of Gosainkund in Nepal in 1984, the national literacy rate was about 33% (less for women), and the average yearly income was about $160 per person, though much of the economy was based on a barter system. Infant mortality was very high, and health care was minimal.

Thirty years later, looking back at the transformation Nepal has undergone since founding the nonprofit READ Global, I am amazed and proud of the collective progress we have made. Literacy rates have doubled and per capita income has quadrupled.