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

Published: Thursday, 28 August 2014

Launch of the Women's Health Manual in Bhutan

With limited health education available to them, many women in Bhutan do not know basic health and hygiene skills. Some health issues are taught in schools, such as hand washing and cleanliness, but subjects like menstrual health are never part of the school curriculum. Furthermore, 55% of women are illiterate and never attended school, and others dropped out of school very early, never completing primary or lower secondary school.


Published: Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Shannon with Fulbari Center women

In 2014, READ Global staff member Shannon Kimball visited Nepal to see READ’s work for the first time. Below she writes about the READ Center that inspired her the most.

As I approached the Fulbari READ Center, a dozen women rushed me inside. I had learned to handle the heat in Nepal’s Terai region—which was about 100 degrees in the shade—but the dust storm was another thing entirely. The smiling faces inside told me that the Center wasn't just a haven for me.


Published: Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Global Rural Poverty


1 Inequality between the wealthiest and poorest people on the planet is shocking. Just 85 people have the same amount of money as almost half of the global population. Imagine what could happen if the world spread the wealth – just $1 a day could double a person’s income.


Published: Friday, 22 August 2014

Women Create Radio Programs through NMEW


From media attention about sexual assault to an increased focus on the 33% of women who are illiterate, women’s empowerment in India is a growing national issue. One area in which India lags behind even its neighboring countries in South Asia is in women’s participation in the labor force: only 29% of Indian women work.

When women are restricted to housework and prevented from leaving home, they can’t contribute to the family income, making it difficult for families to escape the cycle of poverty.


Published: Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Nepal Agriculture Turmeric


Imagine you are a rural farmer, like over 80% of the population of Nepal, who relies on the limited crops you can grow on your land to feed your family. You never have a surplus to sell for a profit, so you have no income. You are illiterate, like 43% of Nepalis, which makes it difficult to get a job. You can’t break the cycle of poverty for your family by sending your children to school because you need their help on the farm just to grow enough food to make it through the year. These are the challenges that many rural people face across South Asia, like in Deurali village in Nepal.

READ launched a Center in Deurali in 2012, and today its sustaining enterprise is a turmeric cooperative that is creating local jobs and helping people break the cycle of poverty, while supporting local education.