(30 April 2015) READ Nepal establishes community library and resource centers (READ Centers) by partnering with rural communities where a majority of women are illiterate, and most families live below the poverty line. All of the 59 READ Centers are owned and operated by the local community. Each Center has a library, computer room, women’s section, children’s room, and training hall.
READ has its roots in Nepal, opening its first office in 1991.Since then READ Centers have opened across Nepal offering training programs in livelihood skills, literacy, health, and technology. Almost 4,000 women participate in savings cooperatives at READ Centers in Nepal.
Since the earthquake READ Centers are still functioning in their communities. They will play a role in providing short-term relief and also getting people back on their feet, rebuilding homes and livelihoods.
READ is accepting donations. If you would like to support READ Nepal’s rebuilding efforts, please make a donation to READ’s Nepal Earthquake Fund. The Nepal team working on the ground will ensure that all funds get to those most in need
To learn more about READ’s work in Nepal, click here to download a pdf overview.