Anekal Rehabilitation Education And Development (READ) Centre was registered in Karnataka, India as a society in 1984 by a group of socially committed individuals who were from different faiths, regions, education and professional skills with a motto of ”For the People, by the People and of the People” to rehabilitate, resettle the post leprosy, disabled and displaced people.
Later years the organization shifted its approach through holistic community development by involving community based organizations and like-minded individuals to strengthen people centered participation and local good governance that may lead into sustainable livelihoods and empowerment of the marginalized and downtrodden.
READ Centre has been closely associated with state and central government rural and urban community development activities by an inclusive strategy mechanism by involving like-minded NGOs, Self Affinity Groups, right based local, regional, national and international organizations either through affiliated networking or through direct actions.
READ Centre has been working in 900 villages in south Indian states of Andhra Pradesh Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala states. At present it is working in 35 villages in Karnataka and 28 Tribal hamlets (Tamil Nadu) covering 37, 500 populations.