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

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!



Published: Monday, 21 October 2013

Award Ceremony

In August, READ Nepal received a Public Library Innovation Award from Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) at the IFLA WLIC 2013 for its commitment to empowering women in innovative ways at our Model Center in Kathmandu, Nepal.


Published: Sunday, 20 October 2013

Opening of Madi READ Center

With the help of an ambitious READ supporter, the village of Madi now has an ally in the fight against rural poverty. After embarking on a life-changing health and fitness regimen, Sarah Street trained for the New York Half Marathon and used the race as an opportunity to raise awareness about READ’s work. In just five weeks, she raised $100,000—double her original goal! Half of the funds were used to build the Madi READ Satellite Center, inaugurated in August, and the rest will be used to build a second Satellite Center in Nepal.