Apparently, being born a girl in Nepal is considered to be “worthless”. That was the reality Chuna Devi grew up with all her life. The 47 year old mother of three was taught that education is not important for girls, but marriage, housework and babies are. As a result, she was illiterate for many many years, but soon realized that needed to change.
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On her path to a better future, Chuna Devi came across an organization in Nepal called READ Global, who exist to help small remote villages and communities in third world countries establish libraries and help the local people transform their lives through education and literacy.
Because of the impact this group had on her life, giving her a sense of independence and self-worth as a woman, she started her own study group and helped the women in her family get educated. She has plans to expand her initiative and is passionate about empowering other illiterate women in Nepal.
Her goal is to convince them it is never to late to learn to read. At the age of 47 she certainly has proved that!
We take certain things for granted in our privileged lives: our health, food, education, friends, family, support, and many luxuries. Yet there are women around the world who would kill just to be able to read and write, and have access to basic healthcare. Education is the start of empowerment at its foundation.
You can see more of the powerful work READ Global is doing for women in third world countries on their website, or Facebook page.