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

Published: Thursday, 29 May 2014

Women Using ICT Tool

This article was written as part of the Women Weave the Web campaign of our partner organization WorldPulse, and is written by Sanjana Shrestha, the Nepal Country Director of READ Global.

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: Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Kids at Art Camp

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, 08 May 2014

Tina and Geeta

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.

Published: Thursday, 08 May 2014

Children Playing with Computer

A version of this article originally appeared on the website of one of READ's partner organizations, IREX, and is written by Alex Pompe, who traveled to Bhutan in 2013 as an ICT advisor to READ Global.

READ Global seeks to learn how to effectively partner with local information communications technology (ICT) capacity in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. They want their community library and resource centers to provide ICT services that would benefit local communities directly, and not just provide a place for people to access computers and the Internet.

Published: Tuesday, 08 April 2014

Kathryn in Bhutan

This is the last of a four-part guest blogger series from MBAs Without Borders' Kathryn Svobodny on her 5-month Advisor experience with READ Global. Click here to read the first post.

Bhutan is well known for creating the gross national happiness index, which represents the country’s commitment to having a happy, healthy population. When visiting Bhutan, it’s not difficult to see why its citizens are so happy. Bhutan is a small, beautiful country with a high level of education, a strong sense of cultural pride, and a royal family who look after the needs of the Bhutanese.

Although it may sound like a perfect place, Bhutan also faces serious challenges, particularly for entrepreneurs.