On November 2nd, 2009; The Founder and President of READ- DrAntonia Neubauer – was felicitated by Nepal Tourism Board for her outstandingcontribution in developing rural tourism through literacy.

Sharing her motivation for establishing libraries invillages of Nepal,Dr Neubauer said that the trekking guide inspired her to set up a library inNamche village in 1981. She added that it was due to inspiration from a guidethat she understood the importance of education in Nepal’s villages. Sheexplained that READ is about educational, economic and community development asa whole. National Planning Commission former vice-president and Emeritus boardmember of READ Nepal Dr Mohan Man Saiju said READ has been identifying tourismpotential destinations and establishing libraries at those places so as toproduce skilled human resources which can deliver standard services totourists visiting the country. “The libraries have not only developed readingculture in Nepal but alsohelped in disseminating information to tourists visiting Nepal,” said

Nepal Library Association president Bhola Kumar Shrestha. He added thatliteracy is one of the important millennium development goals set by thegovernment.

During the ceremony, there was a presence of the CEO ofNepal Tourism Board, Press and Media and READ Nepal well wishers. The news waswidely covered by Nepalmedia.

This is a great honor for READ to berecognized by the government body of Nepal.