Headquarters: Erode, Tamil Nadu
Geographical Focus: Tamil Nadu
Lives Impacted: 16,300+
Registered in 2001, READ works in the districts of Erode & Tirupur focussing on communities marginalized on the basis of caste – Dalits and tribals. Amongst Dalits, they focus on a community that has historically been engaged in manual scavenging – the Arunthathiyars. They also work with Urali and Irula tribal communities. Interventions include rescue and rehabilitation of children engaged in bonded labor and manual scavenging.