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(READ) Global


Supported by: Myths and Mountains

READ Global partners with rural villages in Nepal, India and Bhutan to build Community Libraries and Resource Centers (READ Centers) that offer knowledge, information and opportunities to villagers to thrive and prosper in their own communities.

It is estimated that more than 70% of the world’s poor live in rural areas.  In order to make true progress toward global poverty alleviation, a focus on economic growth in rural areas of the developing world is crucial. The lack of educational, economic and social resources in rural villages is the root cause of poverty and political instability in many developing countries.  For most villagers, agriculture is the only livelihood option, but this rarely provides individuals with an income that allows them to take care of their families. Due to a lack of resources and opportunities in rural communities, many individuals are forced to leave their loved ones behind in search of more promising livelihoods. This results in increased economic disparities in developing regions and creates an even more urgent situation in rural communities.

READ Global believes that empowering rural communities is critical to alleviating global poverty.  We envision a world where individuals, families and entire communities have access to the knowledge, resources and opportunities necessary to build more prosperous futures. READ partners with communities in rural Asia to create vibrant places to live and thrive. Our proven and replicable model focuses on Community Libraries and Resource Centers as a vehicle for social and economic transformation, combining education, enterprise and community development.

Our Progress:

Since 1991, the READ model has evolved from the idea of a rural library to a thriving network of READ Centers and sustaining enterprises in Bhutan, India and Nepal. We have established programs in four key areas: educationeconomic empowermenttechnology, and women’s empowerment.

We currently are focusing on three initiatives for growth: rolling out a formalized information and communications technology (ICT) program, establishing a monitoring and evaluation system to measure our impact, and building sustainability by creating linkages between the businesses launched in our partner communities and larger markets.

2 million rural villagers have access to READ Centers.
69 READ Centers established to date.
108 for-profit enterprises sustain READ Centers.
199 villages worldwide are served by READ Centers.

Our Commitment:

After more than 22 years, we are renewing our commitment to inspiring rural prosperity. In the next five years, we will expand our footprint, opening at least 30 new Centers in Bhutan, India and Nepal, and deepening our programming in our key program areas.

Our goal is to raise approximately USD$1M per year. All funds donated go toward in-country program expenses. Here is what your donation can provide:

*$50 buys 50 children’s books for a READ Early Childhood Development Program;
*$100 buys software and audiovisual materials for a READ computer lab;
*$250 provides a villager with life-changing literacy and health education classes;
*$500 trains a woman “master trainer” to educate women on ICT, health issues, literacy;
*$1,000 provides 1,000 books for a READ library;
*$5,000 funds an entire Women’s Empowerment Center within a larger READ Center;
*$10,000 seeds a small business that generates revenue and creates jobs to support the READ Center.

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