Thank you for your interest in supporting the Rwanda Education Assistance Project.
We seek to impact the quality of learning in rural Rwanda, hoping to create a model of education applicable to the surrounding region. To accomplish this, a holistic approach is necessary. Intervening in areas such as teacher training, leadership, infrastructure and nutrition, REAP works with the Duha Complex School and its surrounding community to identify successful strategies of learning for each individual child. As part of our effort to engage the community, and involve parents in their child's education, we are completing the building of a Community Library and Learning Center. Located near the school, and at the crossroads of the village of Musha, this center will be a vital hub of learning with easy access for children, their parents and the surrounding community.
Each year, our mission relies solely on donations from generous supporters like you. A gift today restores hope tomorrow.
Help a Primary School Child Get a Start in Life
The children pictured here are in many ways typical of the children of REAP. They live in small huts with dirt floors and no electricity. They usually share a bed with a sibling. They rarely have breakfast or lunch, and if they are fortunate enough, they may have a small meal in the evening. They walk miles for a half day of school and then return home to help their parents work in the field or care for younger siblings. There is little time for play or for being a child. Here are just a few of these children and a brief insight into their daily lives.
Centia is 9 years old and lives with her dad and her stepmother. She is not cared for at home and often is mistreated. Centia's mother abandoned her when she was two years old, and she misses her terribly. Her difficult home life has made Centia an anxious child and she is often quite sad. School is a welcome distraction to her and a place where she feels safe.
Kenny is 8 years old. His father is in prison and his mother abandoned him, so he lives with his uncle. Kenny is very curious in school and asks a lot of questions of his teachers and classmates. Even at his early age he shows a deep sensitivity and caring for others.
Cherina is 11 years old. She lives with her dad and four siblings. Her mother passed away two years ago, which has been difficult for her. Her father grows some crops on the small land they have to provide for the family, but far too often there is still not enough food for the whole family. Throughout her daily struggles, Cherina remains hopeful and is helpful to everyone.
Esther is 9 years old. She lives with her mom and dad. She often stays with her grandmother because her mother is disabled. Some days her family will pick only enough for one small meal from the family garden. Esther enjoys reading, is extremely curious, and loves learning in school.
Peace is 12 years old and lives in a small hut that is in constant danger of collapsing. She sleeps with her younger sister and watches over her. They are fortunate if they can obtain one meal a day from their small family plot. Yet, despite her circumstances, Peace is a sweet and kind girl who always graces the world with her smile. Her name describes her well.
Leatitia is 13 years old. She lives with both her parents and four siblings. Her parents cultivate their own small land in order to provide food for the family. Her mother suffers from a severe medical condition, but the family is too poor to afford a doctor. Despite her fear for her mother, Laetitia puts up a brave front and tries to smile for everyone.
Give a High School Student an Opportunity to Further Their Education
Below are some of the students who passed the national exams and became eligible to attend a boarding school, called schools of excellence in Rwanda for their high level of education. These schools provide students with the skills to enter the work force in leadership positions and the opportunity to continue on to university. Being able to attend such a school is a critical step towards achieving their hopes and dreams for a better life. Unfortunately, the parents of the children below cannot hope to meet the required tuition: $550 per year for three years.
Yvette has five siblings and on weekends helps her mother work on farms to bring in food for the family. Her father died last year, and things are extremely difficult for the entire family. Despite all her hardships, Yvette is an exemplary student at school and dreams of going to university and getting a job in the government.
Emerance lives with her parents and six siblings, and enjoys playing football. She walks a long way to and from school, and does chores at home that leave her little time to study. Despite the difficult conditions she lives in, she hopes to go to a boarding school and one day become a journalist.
Alice is a grade 10 student at Duha. She lives with her mom and three siblings; her father died when she was still very young. Alice and her family often eat only once a day. She is an avid reader and finds comfort in books. Her dream is to further her education and to become a police officer one day.
Marine studies social sciences in grade 10 at Duha. She lives with her parents and seven siblings. Marine begins her day by walking four miles to school on an empty stomach, and returns home in the evening. She is so tired at that point that studying is very difficult. However, she never gives up on school. Her dream is to one day go to university and develop a business in mechanics.
Martha studies languages in grade 10 at Duha. She lives with her parents and four siblings. Martha spends the whole day at school without eating anything and has trouble concentrating because of her hunger. Despite her hardships, she hopes for a better life. Her dream is to go to university and to one day become a journalist.
Gad lives with his two parents and four siblings in a small house with two rooms, a dirt floor and a decaying roof. He usually eats only one meal a day and has to walk very far to school. Despite these difficult circumstances, he works hard and excels in class. His dream is to go to boarding school and become a TV journalist.
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REAP - P.O. Box 351, Katonah, NY 10536
REAP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.