Our Impact

2.1 million rural villagers have access to READ Centers.
76 READ Centers established to date.
101 for-profit enterprises sustain READ Centers.
219 villages are served by READ Centers.
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We are a non-profit organization working in rural Asia to build community library and resource centers (READ Centers) and seed small businesses. Our Centers offer programs in education, economic empowerment, technology, and women's empowerment. Learn more.

From Illiterate to Entrepreneur

Phirli from Nepal with cow

Married at age 15 and illiterate, Phirli Chaudhary of rural Nepal had three children with an alcoholic husband. Learn how she pulled her family out of poverty. Read her story.

Farmer uses Internet to Grow More

Jamuna growing beans

Jamuna didn't earn enough from farming to feed her sons, so she took computer training at her local library. Now she uses a web portal to learn how to grow more food! Read her story here.

Education in Nepal: past 30 years

Nepal Education

READ Global Founder Dr. Antonia "Toni" Neubauer reflects on the past 30 years of education in Nepal - from schools to literacy to libraries. Read her retrospect in the blog post here.

Library of Congress Recognizes READ

Library of Congress Literacy Awards

READ Nepal was recognized this September for best literacy practice in increasing motivation to read and write by the Library of Congress Literacy Award. A Best Practices publication was produced to highlight outstanding work of organizations. Read more.