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Rural Education and Development | Inspiring Rural Prosperity

When not engaged in activities related to the law or The Marshall Plan, much of Rains’ time is spent working with indigenous peoples, primarily in lesser developed nations. Among other humanitarian endeavors, he served as Chairman of the International Board of Director’s of Rural Education and Development (READ) Global. READ has built over 50 libraries and economic development centers in rural and remote areas of Nepal, India, and Bhutan, all countries in which Rains spends much of his time. Having received recognition from several charitable and philanthropic organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s ”Access to Learning” award (accompanied by a $3,000,000 grant), READ will be taking its program into more countries in the developing world in the next three years. For his humanitarian work in Nepal and India, Rains has been the recipient of the “Summit Society’s Annapurna Award.”

Where we work

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.