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

Published: Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Kids at Badikhel Center

This is the second of a two-part guest blogger series from READ Nepal volunteer Melanie Avery on her experience with READ Global in Nepal.

Have you ever wondered what a READ Center looks like?

I hadn’t even heard of a READ Center until this year when I started volunteering at the non-profit organization READ Global in Nepal.

An Australian ex-pat living and working in Nepal, I came across READ when my partner and I were looking for a new apartment. The sign was unassuming but, with an interest in community development and a love for books and reading, it seemed the perfect match to me.

Published: Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Mel with Nepali Women

This is the first of a two-part guest blogger series from READ Nepal volunteer Melanie Avery on her experience with READ Global in Nepal.

Ka, Kha, Ga, Gha, Nga - my favorite letters of the Nepali alphabet. As an Australian living in Nepal, the national script Devanagari is foreign to me, as is the spoken language. I cannot read, nor write, and my ability to carry a conversation in Nepali is limited.

Published: Monday, 14 July 2014


In Bhutan, the Himalayan Kingdom renowned for the concept of Gross National Happiness (GNH), half the population has reason to be less than satisfied. Women generally do not hold leadership positions in the country - only 7% of elected officials are female, and decision-making in families and communities is typically dominated by men.

Published: Thursday, 17 July 2014

READ is proud to announce the opening of our 13th Center in India, the Mohini READ Center in Devli village, Bharatpur, Rajasthan on May 9, 2014. Only 70% of people in the Bharatpur district are literate (just 54% of women), making the resources provided by the new Center critical to the education of the village.

Published: Thursday, 19 June 2014

Betsy and Daughter at READ Center

This post is written by Betsy Borrelli, a READ Global Board Member, proud mother, and Senior Vice President, Reputation Management & Crisis, for the global communications agency FleishmanHillard.

I am a very proud mother of a girl that I adopted as an infant from Nepal. She is now nearly nine- years-old, and this April I brought her back to Nepal for the first time to better understand her roots. As a member of the READ Global Board of Directors, it was also an opportunity for us to experience READ’s work in my daughter’s birth country, and for her to learn about giving back.