This past summer, REAP started a Leveled Literacy Intervention(LLI) program at the Duha school designed to give early readers a foundation for their academic and social emotional success. The Fountas & Pinnell LLI program is a powerful intervention that provides daily, intensive, small-group instruction, which supplements classroom literacy teaching with engaging leveled books. This program integrates the essential skills of decoding, comprehension and writing. In addition to literacy, our programing ensures that all participating students receive lunch, as well practice English language speaking and listening through our multi media programming. All parents are visited by a REAP staff member on a monthly basis to affirm that each child is fully known and to enlist each parent in the simultaneous development of their literacy along with their child.
REAP Attends the International Social Work Conference in Kigali
April 13, 2018
REAP was selected to participate in the International Social Work Conference held in Kigali from March 19th to 22nd. Organized by the Center for Research and Innovation in Social Work (CRISOWO), the four-day social work conference brought together over 500 people and organizations including US, European and African universities, non-governmental organizations, and individual social work practitioners from across the globe.
Mathilde Mukantabana, the Rwandan ambassador to the United States, was the keynote speaker. She started the social work program at the National University of Rwanda in 1999.
REAP presented our school social work model in the context of rural public education. As an ambassador to the community, our paraprofessional social worker visits families in the community to ensure their participation in their child's education. Our presentation stirred the interest of many attendees. We were able to privately meet with the Rwandan Ambassador to share our vision of community development, and explore the possibility of collaboration with other nonprofits in the future.
The Community Library & Learning Center Nears Completion
February 27, 2018
Excitement and curiosity fill Musha's community as the roof, windows and doors are being added to REAP’s Community Library and Learning Center. The Center is expected to be complete by the end of March 2018 and to be operational by May 2018.
Duha Students Take Part in an English Learning Program Over the Holidays
January 24, 2018
Late last year, REAP staff evaluated students in the Leveled Literacy Intervention program (LLI), an English reading and writing program for primary students at Duha. The results of the evaluation showed that students are indeed learning but need improvement using English as a language for communication and to better understand the curriculum. To address this, the staff instituted an English Learning Program for 33 students who got the lowest scores. For three weeks and for two hours every day over the holidays, students practiced their reading and understanding of stories in selected books. They also practiced writing patterns from the books, answered comprehension questions, and used key words from the books for daily communication.
In addition, students practiced English conversation with REAP staff to develop their listening and speaking skills. REAP is in the process of exploring the best Web-based platforms for learning English that can be implemented later this year.
Construction of REAP’s Community Library and Learning Center Continues
January 5, 2018
Set in the beautiful hills of Eastern Rwanda, REAP’s Community Library and Learning Center is nearing completion. Elevation is complete for the classrooms, library, pit toilets and multipurpose room, and the kitchen elevation is also in progress. The site is now supplied with water and the roof trusses will begin next week. Stay tuned for more updates….
Students of Green Hills Academy and Duha School Join Hands to Serve the Musha Community
December 11, 2017
Recently, 60 students and 5 teachers from Green Hills traveled to Musha, Rwamagana for a Community service day at the construction site of the REAP Community Library and Learning Center. Fifteen students from Duha and REAP in-country staff joined them and helped at the construction site. The activities included passing bricks to masons, forming a laterite base for the floors and site clearance. At the end of the activities, students had a talk with teachers and the REAP project manager about community service, project management and civil engineering.
When the Community Library and Learning Center is complete, regular community service programming will be put in place to better involve the community for increased impact.