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

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: 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, 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.

Published: Thursday, 19 June 2014

Women at READ Center

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

Women's Focus Group

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.”