Published: Thursday, 19 June 2014
This guest blog post is written by Osmara Vindel, creator of The Butterfly Club. Osmara and her peers are generously raising funds for women’s resources and empowerment programs at the Badhikel READ Center in Nepal.
On July 13, take a stand and build awareness for women’s education worldwide in the first ever International Women’s Education Day!
We are currently living in unprecedented times. Never before has there been a greater need for knowledge, information, and learning – especially for women. In South Asia, more than half of women can’t read, and a majority live below the poverty line in rural areas that lack access to educational resources and opportunities.
Published: Thursday, 12 June 2014
A 70-year-old Nepali woman told me that, after having learned to read, she can die happy. She values her education over her belongings since, as she said: “Everyone will die one day leaving behind all possessions, but you can carry what you have learned.”
Published: Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Alcoholism is a challenging problem around the world. In Bhutan, most farmers brew their own liquor and responsible drinking is accepted as part of its culture. However with the challenges of modernization, excessive drinking that leads to alcoholism is a growing issue with a long-term adverse impact. We believe that the Bhutan’s youth are the future of the country, so our team in Bhutan took a preventative, creative approach to educate them about the dangers of alcoholism. The main message was not “prohibition” but rather to develop informed youth and highlight alcoholism as a disease and addiction that creates social disharmony.
Published: Thursday, 29 May 2014
Dol Kumari was born in Nepal, married at age nine, and a mother of two by sixteen. After childbirth, she suffered from uterine prolapse—a painful but preventable condition in which the uterus falls out of alignment due to damage to internal muscles caused by labor. Her condition made walking, household chores, and even sitting extremely painful. Despite her constant pain, she was ashamed of her condition because she didn’t understand it, and kept it a secret for 25 years.
Published: Thursday, 08 May 2014
A Mother's Day post by READ Global Executive Director Tina Sciabica
With Mother’s Day approaching, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on three incredible mothers who changed the course of my life. My grandfather was killed trying to escape from a work camp in Italy in World War II, leaving my grandmother, my Nonna, a widow with four young daughters. Nonna only had a fifth grade education, but she soon became a successful business-owner in her small Italian village as it recovered from the war. A few years later, not speaking any English, she brought my mother and her sisters to the United States and worked two jobs as a seamstress, doing what needed to be done so her daughters could have a better life.