After REAP’s project manager, Jean Paulin Mutatsineza, participated in President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship, the Rwandan cohort of YALIscholars won 2 grants from USAID through the US embassy in Kigali.
The first grant of $ 18,000 is dedicated for Menstrual Hygiene and Education targeted four schools in Rwanda, including the Duha School. The other grant of $6,000 focuses on Entrepreneurship training, Mentoring, Network and Community service for youths.
As a result of these grants, REAP will:
1. At Duha:
a. Provide a fully functional rainwater harvesting system (water tank, gutters, taps, etc.) for the girls’ room to improve water and sanitation conditions for the girls.
b. 300 pad packets to girls using the girls’ room
c. 300 menstrual education flyers to girls using the girls’ room
d. 300 school bags to girls using the girls’ room
The US embassy in Kigali is planning to visit Duha next month and inaugurate the project upon completion
2. At Groupe Scolaire Rubona, REAP in partnership with YALI Rwanda and Agahozo Shalom youth village will:
a. Conduct youth’s sanitation community projects at the school (build pit toilets, repair water pipes, etc.). This will be done by youths from Duha School, Agahozo Shalom and Rubona community.
b. Provide educational sessions on girls’ issues (education, menstruation, dropout, etc.) and prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections.
This project paves the way for a collaboration between REAP and Agahozo Shalom as well as expanding REAP’s scope of impact to other schools in the region.