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

Published: Thursday, 13 February 2014

Women's Leadership Group

Unlike many developing countries, in Bhutan, women inherit the family property rather than men. As a result, most girls in the villages end up at home to help their parents maintain the land while their brothers are sent to school. It’s thus no surprise that only 34% of women in Bhutan have a high school education and that women hold only 7% of elected positions in Parliament.


Published: Tuesday, 11 February 2014

READ Center in Bhutan

Five years ago, READ opened the first rural public lending library in the entire country of Bhutan.

This first READ Center was built in Ura, a small village in central Bhutan, with the hopes of seeding a much larger movement to provide rural villagers with access to critical education and opportunities across the country.

While tourists are often drawn to the solitude of Bhutan’s Himalayan Mountains and the concept of Gross National Happiness, the rural communities living there often struggle with poverty and are isolated from educational resources and economic opportunities.


Published: Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Women discussing health at library

Health is vital to the prosperity of rural villagers, who are often isolated from critical resources that are only available at hospitals in larger cities. Simple treatments like vaccinations, eye exams, and annual check-ups can make the difference between a child who can’t go to school and one who is engaged in the classroom. To bridge this gap, READ India has implemented both preventative health programs and treatments as a core component of programming in its Centers.


Published: Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Bhutan Kids with Bicycles

A group of teenagers in Chuzagang, Bhutan, are paying forward the opportunities they’ve been afforded to the rest of their community. Earlier this year, 24 students received bicycles as a donation from Wheels4Life through their local READ Center. Today, they're using those bikes to do educational outreach in nearby villages.


Published: Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Children at Aghapur


On September 25, READ India opened its 10th Center in India and its first in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Three-quarters of the state’s population lives in rural areas, and 33% of its rural residents are illiterate. The Aghapur READ Center will provide 11,500 villagers with access to essential educational resources, including a library, computers, and children’s section. The inauguration was celebrated with much fanfare, with over 300 villagers in attendance. Congratulations to our READ India team on expanding their reach in a new state!