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Review for READ (Rural Education and Development) Global, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

A friend had been trying to persuade me to join him on the board of READ. I wasn't interested. Finally, he managed to seat me at a dinner next to Toni Neubauer, READ's amazing founder. By the time dinner was over, I was sold. I joined the board soon thereafter and became a donor as well. That was more than three years ago. Since then, I've had the opportunity to learn first-hand about READ's extraordinary work in Nepal, and about our new and fast-growing program in India. I've been thrilled by the major support READ has received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. I've visited three READ libraries in Nepal -- and learned to my surprise how much more than libraries these institutions really are. To call them "libraries" doesn't get across the reality that these are active, vibrant community centers offering women's health programs, access to the Internet, training in local business, microcredit programs, and a whole lot more. I'm excited to be part of READ's new effort to expand from Nepal and India into four additional countries within three years. We need lots of help to accomplish that.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

both Nepal and India, and I couldn't be more impressed. READ has pioneered a replicable model of sustainable rural development unlike any other I've seen in many years of observing development programs around the world.

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Role:  Donor & Member of the board of READ Global.