READ Global is proud to accept the $100K 2013 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize - administered by UPenn and the Wharton School. READ was selected from more than 115 organizations working to create sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social and economic challenges. READ will benefit from unprecedented, synergistic opportunities with Penn and Wharton - from student case work and a site visit to Nepal, to executive educational offerings, and the chance to network within the larger Penn and Wharton academic and alumni communities. Read the press release or watch a video of READ ED Tina Sciabica being interviewed by Knowledge@Wharton.
When you help us build libraries and seed fund businesses in rural communities, villagers are empowered with access to education and skills training. This allows them to prioritize education for their children and create a brighter future. Take a look at our new publication to see the photos and stories behind this "READ Effect": a testament to how READ Centers serve as catalysts to uplift entire communities. Read more.
In 2012 READ launched a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation system with the support and expertise of LFA Group: Learning for Action. The goal of the M&E work is to gain a better understanding of just how the READ Effect works – through reflection and analysis of core areas of impact. This year we are piloting the M&E system with a number of READ Centers in each country to track and analyze valuable data about our programs – from livelihood skills training and women’s empowerment to ICT. Read more
Dashiya and her husband Sanishar, both illiterate, couldn’t make ends meet for their family. Sanishar left his family to work overseas as a laborer but couldn’t send enough money home. With their house in rural Nepal in disrepair, Dashiya decided something needed to change. She joined a literacy class and saving cooperative at her local READ Center, and took a training course in mushroom farming. With a loan, she started her own successful mushroom businesses and used the profits to launch two more businesses in poultry and pig farming. Read more