Teach 30 Rwandan Women to Read, Write & Calculate

 
$6,889
$1,122
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Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your great support for helping women from our community to study how to read, write and calculate.

We are very happy to inform you that our third term academic year 2013 has started on September 9, 2013

As usually, in the beginning of term, the students have to pass evaluation test in order to know those who follow the course very good and to identify who needs a close follow up to help all of them be on the same level.

In the previous report our students was about to finish the second term and now all the women successfully finished the program of the second term, now students are capable to construct a sentence. The impressing thing is that all 20 students attend the class every day.

The following activities are we had planned to work on during this third term:

• Teaching women’s rights.

• Teaching business skills

• Teaching women writing and reading passage

So far, now the women can found their way around, because they can read signs and public communication themselves.

Six students have already opened their own bank account which will help them to save money, feed their families and run their small projects.

These women are joining different self-reliant groups which help them to develop their families and learn from others.

In our class seven women had already registered to the local government for legal married. This is an amazing achievement that is beneficial as it gives a woman full rights to access her family’s property.

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

The following are the challenges that we have:

• We are still unable to regularly pay the teachers' salaries.

• We are still having shortfalls in our monthly operating costs such as buying chalks, books, etc

• We are still renting some of the costumes of the dancing troop that helps us in fund raising.

• Teaching materials.

Our target in this term:

• Teaching the women about their rights.

• Encouraging the women to send their daughters to school, open their own bank account in order to be able to save money for their families.

• To train them so that they can have self esteem and participate in the decision making committees in the community.

• To encourage them to have legal marriage, so that a child and the mother can have right to access the family property.

• Teaching them about different topics for personal development, and teach them business skills which will help them to raise income in their families.

• Mobilize the women 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.

As we conclude we can ask ourselves the following questions. What are the disadvantages of having illiterate woman in society? In which way the women can contribute economically in their family?

It is always promising to see how the life of our graduates improves day by day. Thank you once again for your partnership, and it will always be our pleasure to share with you our progress. Any support from you is warmly welcome.

Please remember to visit our project and show it to your friends.

We wish to stay in touch with you.

Thank you very much!

The women in our project
The women in our project

Dear sir/ Madam,

Thank you for your great support for helping women from our community to study how to read, write and calculate.

We are very happy to inform you that on July 26, 2013 we will close our second term academic year 2013   

The following activities are we had planned to work on during this second term:

  • Teaching students how to construct a sentence.
  • Teaching women’s rights.
  • Teaching business skills
  • Buying teaching materials.

So far, the women have learnt to read all the alphabets. Now they can read sentences and write letters by themselves.

Two students have already opened their own bank accounts which will help them to save money, feed their families and run their small projects.

These women are joining different self-reliant groups which help them to develop their families and learn from others.

In our class 3 women had already registered to the local government for legal marriage. This is an amazing achievement that is beneficial as it gives a woman full rights to access her family’s property.

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

The following are the challenges that we have:

  • We are still unable to regularly pay the teachers' salaries.
  • We are still having shortfalls in our monthly operating costs such as buying chalks, books, etc
  • We are still renting some of the costumes of the dancing troop that helps us in fund raising.

Our plan for the next term:

  • Teaching the women about their rights.
  • Encouraging the women to send their daughters to school, open their own bank account in order to be able to save money for their families.
  • To train them so that they can have self esteem and participate in the decision making committees in the community.
  • To encourage them to have legal marriage, so that a child and the mother can have right to access the family property.
  • Teaching them about different topics for personal development, and teach them business skills which will help them to raise income in their families.
  • Mobilize the women 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.

In your opinion what do you think is the best approach to having a society that respects women’s rights? What else do you think we can include in next year our program of teaching women reading, writing and calculating for 2014 intake?

It is always promising to see how the life of our graduates improves day by day. Thank you once again for your partnership, and it will always be our pleasure to share with you our progress. Any support from you is warmly welcome. Please remember to visit our project and show it to your friends. We wish to stay in touch with you.

Thank you very much!

Gratefully,

The youngest dancer fundraising for our project
The youngest dancer fundraising for our project
The middle age dancers fundraising for our project
The middle age dancers fundraising for our project

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Rwanda
Rwanda

Dear sir/ Madam,

Thank you for your great support for helping women from our community to learn reading, writing, and calculating.

We are very grateful that due to your donations we were able to reach all the goals that we shared with you in our previous report.

We are very happy to inform you that on February 4, 2013 we have started our new academic year with 20 adult women from our community.

The women are completing their first term program this April. This year’s students are amazingly unique and impressive. In the first term the majority of our students are able to read and write all alphabets from A up to Z. They understand well how to exercise their rights. They have started practicing in class how to speak, discuss, and debate on different topics which prepare them for being able to stand in public and claim their rights. The most impressing thing is that all students attend every day on time from Monday to Friday. They motivated and very interested in learning, for preparing their future. They want to learn business skills so that they can know how to come up with innovative income generating activities.

Some women from our program have been giving testimonials about their expectations about our program in their lives. Mukankuranga Jeannette said:" I decided to join this literacy program, because I appreciate the impact of this project in the lives of my neighbors from this class. Usually I never direct myself as I could not read a road post. Apart from that I use to ask my neighbor to read for me letters I receive from my friends. I fear to participate in local meetings. I use to give more than required balance to my customers in my selling cassava flour business which makes me always have shortfalls. My neighbor from this program does all these things without any problem. I wish at the end of this program I will be able to do all that things by my own and have no problem concerning with illiteracy".

 

The following are the challenges that we have:

  • Although there is a difference from last year, we are still unable to regularly pay the teachers' salaries.
  • We are still having shortfalls in our monthly operating costs such as buying chalks, books, etc
  • We are still unable to get teaching materials including instructional materials for a better undestanding.

The following are the plan we have for the second term 2013:

  • We are still renting the costumes of the dancing troop that helps us in fundraising.
  • Teaching students how to make a sentence.
  • Teaching women’s rights, and business skills.
  • Buying teaching materials.
  • Organizing different fundraising strategies.

We can't thank you enough for your consistent collaboration. We really appreciate it very much.

Don’t you think that a woman is the first person who can effectively do family management? What do you think can be added in our project program as innovation?

Thank you again for your support to our program!

The women waiting to receive their certificates
The women waiting to receive their certificates

Dear sir/ Madam,

Thank you for your great support.

We are excited to let you know that the third graduation of 20 women in our program happened on December 11, 2012.

In the previous report our students was about to start the last trimester, and now all the women successfull finished the program. They are now able to read, write, and calculate. Moreover, they now understand well how to exercise their rights, and they have enough knowledge about small business skills.

The most impressing thing is that all the students succeed well, and no one repeated the year. On the graduation day, the women read and wrote down in front of local leaders and other invitees. This was to test their knowlegde that enable them to receive the certificates. (See the photos)

The women gave testimonials about the impact of our program in their lives. Nyirangwabije Bellancille (on the photo) said:"before joining this literacy program  I was unable to direct myself as I could not read a road post. I used to ask my neighbor to read for me letters I recieve from my children. I feared participating in local meetings. I used to give more than required balance to my customers in my selling vegetables bussiness. Now, I have no more problems related to being illiterate. I even have my own bank account to save my money."

The following are the challenges that we have:

  • We are still unable to regularly pay the teachers' salaries.
  • We are still having shortfalls in our monthly operating costs such as buying chalks, books, etc
  • We are still renting the costumes of the dancing troop that helps us in fund raising.

The following are the plan we have for the following year:

  • We are now registering new students for our program.
  • On February 4, 2013 we will start our new academic year.
  • As usual, we will teach 20 adult women from our community
  • In the meanwhile, we will be buying teaching materials.

What do you think can be improved in our project program? Do you as well have illiterate adult women in your community?

Thank you again for your support to our program!

Nyirangwabije Bellancille giving her testimonial
Nyirangwabije Bellancille giving her testimonial
A woman writing on the flip chart
A woman writing on the flip chart
The woman reading
The woman reading
Leaders before giving the certificates to women
Leaders before giving the certificates to women
The women receiving a certificate from her teacher
The women receiving a certificate from her teacher
Certificate given by the Global Grassroots Manager
Certificate given by the Global Grassroots Manager
After all had received their certificates
After all had received their certificates
Leaders
Leaders' questions before delivering certificates
The women reading on their certificates
The women reading on their certificates
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

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Gretchen Wallace

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Hanover, NH United States

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