Our Impact

2.1 million rural villagers have access to READ Centers.
79 READ Centers established to date.
103 for-profit enterprises sustain READ Centers.
222 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 launch small businesses. Our Centers offer programs in education, economic empowerment, technology, and women's empowerment. Learn more.

3 Libraries Launched in Nepal with Reach out to Asia

Jahada Youth

This winter, READ opened three new Centers in the Terai region of southern Nepal, as part of an exciting new partnership with The Reach out to Asia Foundation. Through the partnership, we will open many Centers, launch youth programs, and strengthen our technology resources in Nepal. Read more.

Nepal women receive prenatal care via mobile app

Prenatal Care via Mobile

In Nepal, 4 out of 10 pregnant women will never visit a doctor. 1 in 200 will die in childbirth. Our Jhuwani Community Library and Resource Center launched a prenatal health program using a mobile app called amakomaya.com to help save the lives of mothers and their babies. Read more.

A Library for my Village in Bhutan for National Reading Year

Yangthang Library Committee Bhutan

2015 is officially National Reading Year in Bhutan! Read this great guest post by Bhutanese blogger Passu, who joined with READ to open a library in his home village of Yangthang. Read the blog post.

Families learning together in India

The Mudgal Family

The Mudgal family wanted their kids to learn skills to earn a living, but the only opportunities to do so were in a town two hours away by bus. They were scared to send their daughters alone. When we opened a READ Center in their village, the entire family learned new skills. Read their story.