Anekal Rehabilitation Education And Development (READ) Centre was registered inKarnataka, India as a society in 1984 by a group of socially committed individuals whowere from different faiths, regions, education and professional skills with a motto of ”Forthe 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 developmentby involving community based organizations and like-minded individuals to strengthenpeople centered participation and local good governance that may lead into sustainablelivelihoods and empowerment of the marginalized and downtrodden.
READ Centre has been closely associated with state and central government rural andurban community development activities by an inclusive strategy mechanism by involving like-minded NGOs, Self Affinity Groups, right based local, regional, national andinternational organizations either through affiliated networking or through direct actions.
READ Centre has been working in 900 villages in south Indian states of Andhra PradeshKarnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala states. At present it is working in 35 villages inKarnataka and 28 Tribal hamlets (Tamil Nadu) covering 37, 500 populations.