Teach 30 Rwandan Women to Read, Write & Calculate

 
$6,193
$1,818
Raised
Remaining
Sep 7, 2012

THE SECOND TERM ENDED ON AUGUST 10, 2012

Dancing troop in fundraising
Dancing troop in fundraising

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are grateful to our donors for supporting our last two terms of teaching adult women how to read, write, and calculate.

Students are now in holidays which ends on September 3, 2012, and this is the first day of the third term term of teaching. At the end of this term we plan to have achieved all our plans as listed in our previous report.

So far, the women have learnt to read all the alphabets. They can read sentences, and they are even able to read and write letters by themselves. Four students have already opened their own bank account which will help them to save money to feed their families and run their small projects.

The women are joining different cooperatives which help them to develop their families and learn from others.
One woman have got legally married, and this is beneficial as it gives her full rights to her family property.

One part of our operating cost is covered by the raised money from Global Giving donations as well as different fundraising including the performance of the dance troop.

One of the biggest challenges that we have is that some of our students have troubles in reading on the blackboard. This is probably due to their ages or the eye vision. We wish to take them to hospital for eye check up. Another challenge is that teachers are still working without being paid. We still need to rent some costumes of the dance troop.

Our plans for the rest of the teaching period are to make sure that all students are able to effectively read, write, and calculate. In addition, they should have required skills to run successfully their small projects. They should have bank accounts, and join cooperatives. They should know their rights, and how to exercise their rights. They should participate in local meetings, and give their opinions. Therefore, they will participate confidently in  the decision making in those meetings. In other words, we want to turn them into social change agents.

What else do you think we should include in our next program? What do you think that a woman needs to develop her community?

 

Thank you for being part of our team in teaching women.

The women in classroom
The women in classroom
The dance troop
The dance troop
May 18, 2012

THE FIRST TERM OF TEACHING ENDS IN THIS MAY, 2012

Uwajeneza Adelphine
Uwajeneza Adelphine

Our team is gratefully thanking our donors who continue to support us in our program. Since March 2012, we have taught 20 women how to read, write, and calculate. These women study from Monday to Thursday 1-3Pm. We are about to finish the first term in the end of this May. Students are able to read all alphabets and write simple sentences. Our students’ ages range from 16-55.

Uwajeneza Adelphine, a 23 years old student in our program does selling vegetables on the street. She added that the reason why she decided to join this program is that she was willing to exercise her rights and be independent in her daily life. She told us that she faces challenges in giving the exact balance to her customers, and she is even not able to keep her secrets because she always asks others to read her messages for her. She said:”one day I was appointed to be a leader in our community, and because I knew that I did not know how to read I immediately denied… usually, my young sister is the one who manages my bank account, and I want to study hard and be able to control it myself”.

We are glad that the local authorities have allowed us to use the classroom for free, because they realized that our project is bringing a good change in the welfare of a woman in our community. This was among the big challenges our team had. The donations we got from Global Giving helped us to buy the start up costs for the first term.

To raise the monthly operating cost is still a problem for our team. To date, the major challenge we still have is that teachers are still working unpaid. Another problem is that we still rent some costumes of the dancers from the troop that support in fundraising through its performances.

Our plan this year is to:

  • Teach the women about their rights, and encourage them to send their daughters to school, open their own bank account in order to be able to save, to have self esteem and participate in the decision making levels in the community, and have legal marriage so that a child and the mother can have right to access the family property.
  • Teach them about business skills in the last term which will help them to raise income in their families.
  • Mobilize them to join cooperatives which will help them to combine their efforts with others and have sustainable development.
  • Encourage the young students in our program to join public school so that they can be able to continue their studies up to secondary school as soon as they graduate from our program.

What do you think about our plan? Don’t you think that an illiterate woman is exposed to miss different opportunities?

Thank you very much!

 

All the best,

Baguma Innocent

Students and the teacher
Students and the teacher
Reading
Reading
On the balckboard
On the balckboard
Feb 8, 2012

The teaching program of new students 2012

2011 Students and teachers in classroom
2011 Students and teachers in classroom

Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to thank our donors for their appreciable contribution in the achievement of our activities. Nowadays, we are in registration process. This academic year we will teach 20 adult women. We will start on 1st March, 2012 teaching four days per week.

Our project made a big social change especially to students who graduated from our program. Our fresh graduates have joined teams that help them to raise income. Ahobantegeye Jeanne, our former student, told us that she has sent her daughter to school. She is part of the Abanyamurava team that sells charcoal and this team is planning to buy a motorcycle by the end of this month as another income generating activity for their team. “Before I thought that I can’t join an association, because I thought it is for the literate people” Said Ahobantegeye Jeanne. She added: “to study how to calculate helped me in my small business, for I am able to change money”. All the 20 women who graduated last year have sent their daughters to school, and they have opened their own bank accounts. They know well how to read, write and calculate. They are even able to lead themselves by reading road sign posts. They vote themselves, and they attend local meetings.

To raise the monthly operating cost is still a problem for our team. The big challenges that our team is facing are that teachers are still not being paid, and to rent the classroom is also another challenge for our teaching program.

The dance troop that supports us in fundraising through its performances is progressing well. Recently, it was in a competition that was organized on the national level, and it won. The problem is that we still rent some costumes of the dancers.

Our plan is to start the teaching program in this March. We will teach these women how to read, write and calculate in a period of 12 months. We will also train them about their rights and business skills.

Don’t you think that the development of a family and a country in general starts from the women’s literacy?

Your donations make a big difference in our community.

once again, we thank you for your generosity and giving heart.

 

With gratitude,

Innocent Baguma

Ahobantegeye Jeanne
Ahobantegeye Jeanne
Our dance troop
Our dance troop
Nov 1, 2011

The third Graduation in this December 2011

Nyiramaso Rose a student
Nyiramaso Rose a student

Our team Let Us Build Ourselves is progressing well. Since February 2011 we have been teaching 20 women in our community how to read, write, and calculate. This is the third session we are teaching since we started in 2008. In the first session we taught 30 women, the second 20, and now we teach 20 women. Currently the oldest student is 60 years old, and the youngest is 22. We teach them from Monday to Friday, two hours a day (1-3PM). 

These women are mostly widows. They are responsible for their families. Most of them work as cleaners, and others sell some vegetables and fruits in baskets. To date, six of our students have opened their own accounts in banks, and most of them are able to read and understand sign posts, newspapers, and the laws on civil marriage. Our team has made a big impact, especially with our beneficiaries. We receive different testimonials from our students: “I am Mukahigiro Mary, a student here in Let Us Build Ourselves. Now I know how to read Kinyarwanda, I can recognize a letter…It opened my mind. I feel comfortable and fitted in the society.” As a result of our work, sixteen students are now in different teams that work to help them become economically independent.

Some other students have joined our dance troop called Inzovu (Elephants). This troop supports us in fundraising through its performances. 28% of our monthly operating costs are covered by the income from this dance troop. Mukahigiro Mary our current student is a founder of a team called: Abanyamurava (Hardworkers) that is going to start a small project of selling charcoals, and recently her team has got a grant from Global Fund through A.E.E. (African Evangelistic Enterprise). What do you think about our project?

The big challenge we face is that we are not able to pay teachers, because we don’t have enough income. Therefore teachers work as volunteers. Another challenge is that we don’t have enough costumes for our dance troop. We usually rent these costumes, and it is expensive compared to our means.

 At the end of this year 2011 we are planning our third graduation. In other words, we have graduation ceremonies this December. All we want is that before graduation, every student will be able to effectively read and write. We also want everyone to be able to calculate, so that they can manage their small businesses. We also want all of them to open their own bank accounts, and send their daughters to school. In addition we are encouraging them to attend local meetings, and to run for office in local elections. Don’t you think that a woman can bring a great change in her family once she is literate? As we usually do a follow up of our students after they graduate, we plan to continue following up these fresh graduates.

Finally we thank you for supporting us in our literacy program among adult women, and we would love to hear from you.

 

 

Warm regards,

Innocent Baguma

The President of Let Us Buil Ourselves

(Teach 30 Rwandan Women to Read, Write & Calculate (8074)

students in classroom
students in classroom
Mukahigiro Mary in interview
Mukahigiro Mary in interview
Mary Mukahigiro at the market
Mary Mukahigiro at the market

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Gretchen Wallace

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Hanover, NH United States

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