- Friday, May 6, 2016
Every year from April 7 to 13, Rwanda and the world commemorate Rwanda’s 1994 Tutsi Genocide that took more than 1,000,000 lives.
This year, REAP staff taught 25 fifth grade Duha students the song 'Window of Hope' , a song written by Iain Stewart that inspires hope and peace for Rwanda, as the country rebuilds from the aftermath of the 1994 tragedy. A video was then filmed with the children singing along with Ian Stewart. Please clickhere to watch the video on YouTube.
Around 300 people including community members and local government officials gathered at Akabare Community Center where they learned about Rwanda’s history and how to fight Genocide ideology. The day ended with the screening of the video of the Duha kids singing 'Window of Peace' along with Iain Stewart. The community was very proud to see their kids singing in English and delivering a powerful healing message. The local government commended REAP’s contribution to the country’s vision to rebuild itself and sustain peace and reconciliation.
THE CHILDREN AT DUHA JOINED US AT THE MARC BLACK CONCERT !
On Saturday February 20th, 2016, New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee singer/songwriter Marc Black returned to his hometown of Katonah, NY to perform his new one man show "Life ...One song at a time" to a packed house at the Katonah Village Library to benefit REAP. The highlight of the evening was a joint performance by the the 4th and 5th grade students at the Duha Complex School in Rwanda and Marc Black singing 'The Candle Won't Shine (Until You Light It )' , a song that Marc wrote especially for the students at Duha to emphasize the importance of EDUCATION. Please click on the link below to listen to the children at Duha sing The Candle Won't Shine (...Until You Light it ) .
PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION
The Candle Won't Shine
( ...Until You Light It )
the candle won’t shine until you light it
the seed will not grow, if you don't plant it
our only chance you cannot fight it
for the kids to be right must have education
that’s the way
what I say