READ (Rural Education and Development) Global

Rating: 4.82 stars   56 reviews

Issues: Education, Human Services, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: PO Box 29286 San Francisco CA 94129 USA

Mission: READ Global believes 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 Library and Resource Centers as a vehicle for social and economic transformation. Combining education, enterprise and community development, READ collaborates with rural communities to build these centers and seed for-profit enterprises to ensure long-term maintenance and success.
Results: 1.8 rural villagers have access to READ Centers. 125 villages worldwide are served by READ Centers. 4,500 books, on average, in each READ Center. 57 READ Centers established to date. 90 for-profit enterprises sustain READ Centers. (2011)
Target demographics: Low-income rural communities in South Asia
Direct beneficiaries per year: 4,683 villagers learn livelihood skills, 2,002 villagers learn to read, 1.1 million villagers access the Internet, 1,248 receive computer training, 4,227 receive health training, 2,639 women receive legal rights training, and more
Geographic areas served: Rural South Asia (Bhutan, India and Nepal)
Programs: Literacy, livelihood skills, women's empowerment, information and communications technology (ICT), health, environment, legal rights
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 4 stars  

Books are what we say windows that open a person's mind to the world, and what I think READ Global has done is remarkable. It has not only opened READ centers in communities to help rural development, but has given an opportunity to open the minds of many children's from rural areas. I have myself been to a READ centers in my country, in one of the rural area Ura, Bumthang, Bhutan, and seeing the children being fascinated with a roomful of books to read brought joy to their faces. many book to choose to read, many reference for projects and access to internet, it was nice to see an organization do it.

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A lot

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2011

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Rating: 4 stars  

READ Bhutan, in my view, has been doing incredible job by providing the much needed services to the most deprived group of people in the country. They have opened their first READ Centre in Ura, Bhutan, my home town, which has immensely benefited the community. Since then, I was always inspired by their great work and have been following their activities and programmes effectively. My community is one of the first benefactors and we also share good professional working partnership at the organizational level.
The latest Read Centre in Thimphu has now become a model centre not only in terms of their services through library, the centre provides much beyond that. The Centre brings together other non-profit organizations providing range of social services for the community. I wish them all the very best of luck for their continued support and services to the larger group of community.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

READ Bhutan focuses on empowerment of local and rural communities, especially targeted towards women and from then on wards to children and the community at large. Educating women is the best investment since this has a ripple effect starting from household to the whole community.  With READ Bhutan, rural communities has been empowered with knowledge and opportunities. Now a farmer in rural Bhutan know about better parenting, the value of sending children, especially girls to school, decision on family planning and other reproductive health issues, does business with a mobile phone and keep records of transactions, know the procedure of availing loans from the bank, and is aware of environmental issues. This farmer also contributes to our new democracy since he/she is empowered to think, analyse and select the best leader. READ Bhutan's impressive method of involving communities creates a sense of ownership and a sustainable way to keep the programme going on which is impressive.  Tandi

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

READ has achieved an enormous task in very little time by Bhutan standards. It had created several libraries and centres in disadvantaged communities, it has enpowered the local people by giving them means of living and responsabilities and it has created a name for READ throughout Bhutan.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

READ Bhutan has a center in my village in Rongthung, Trashigang, Bhutan. The READ center has created the possibility for our children in the village to access books in its library and also internet to kids who would otherwise never have had access. It has enabled the kids to understand the world at large and i am confident that we will see great results in a few years. Further the model of ensuring that the center is self sufficient by funding business activity in the community which has to fund the day to day operational cost of the center is a great way to create economic opportunity for the members of the community and also to ensure that the center does not become reliant on READ for its future funding requirement. Great going READ Bhutan hope you able to establish many new centers in Bhutan in the future.

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Life-changing

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2012

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READ Global has been working for not only increasing the awareness but for a great revolution too. Actually, I am one of the social workers who indirectly play the role for the positive changes in the society. Previously, I have facilitated for specially the rural areas and motivated to do so due to my rural background too. There are very few of the organizations working in this sector in rural areas. The past achievements of READ Global are obviously inspirable. The number of people involved and benefited is the facts behind this. I have heard much more about Antonia Neubauer, the founder of READ Global, but unluckily I have never got a chance to meet. I have been visited in the library in Kathmandu, Nepal. Once again I want to emphasize that I belong from a rural community and that's why I have the passion for literacy. I have completed my masters in Chemistry. The passion in me is still alive and my whole life will be for the social service. I am myself affiliated with many social organizations and doing/done few of the significant services. In spite I am not satisfied with these achievements and willing to do much more than that.

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Kathmandu when I visited the libraries.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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