Teach 30 Rwandan Women to Read, Write & Calculate

by Global Grassroots
Dance Troupe Wins Award from Rwanda Womens Network
Dance Troupe Wins Award from Rwanda Womens Network

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please receive greetings from this side wishing you a peaceful completion of the year and beginning of New Year 2015. We continue to appreciate the partnership and cooperation from you, towards women development, thank you so much.

In our previous report we had mentioned that we were beginning the third term and it is pleasure to see that we have come to its end. Our students are now capable of reading, writing and calculating at reasonable standards. Moreover they have been equipped with business skills as well as their civic rights knowledge and now practice them.

One thing of great interest in this year’s group is that all women managed to send their girl-children to school and all of them had been able to open bank accounts in various banks. Furthermore, some of them have been elected in different leadership positions at the grassroot level. In fact they are doing different things such as Entrepreneurship and Cooperative formulation. Some of them have been trusted to be community health workers and they are doing well.

As far as testimony is concerned, we have one lady, Saidate, who told us that she is happy due to the impact this programme is having on her life.. She says:” I am now able to read signboards and I couldn’t do this before joining this literacy programme. I can read for myself different announcements, newspapers and letters, I have become an active participant in local meetings, I am now giving correct balance of money in my fruits business, while I do remember to have been doing it with doubt and difficulties, I am extremely happy my husband has promised that we are soon going for legal marriage at local government authorities.”

Here is an interesting story to share: we entered in a competition prepared by NGO called  “ RWANDA WOMEN NETWORK” focusing on GENDER BASED VIOLENCE. Our dancing troupe INZOVU (elephant), which is helping us in fundraising for literacy program, participated, and this was from the 16th November 2014 to the 15th December 2014 our troupe was awarded first prize after an outstanding performance.

The following are the challenges we have been encountering:

-       We are still unable to raise enough money for teachers’ salaries on a regular basis.

-       Although we have managed to add some equipment and costumes to our dancing troupe INZOVU (elephant) which is helping us in fundraising for literacy programme ;  we still need more to fully equip the troupe so that we can avoid rentals from other sources.

Our future plan for the coming year of 2015 is as follows:

  • Register new students for our literacy class
  • Teach twenty (20) women reading, writing and simple arithmetic, business skills and women rights
  • Purchase teaching materials
  • Evaluate the implementation by our ex-students and possible advice in the field.
  • Plan for graduations ceremony for this year’s outgoing students.

In your country:

  • Are there special Banks designated for women as it is here in Rwanda?
  • Are women fully accessing credit facilities as is the case here in Rwanda?
  • Are women having participation in country’s development positively?

Dear Partners in women development, we send much appreciation for everything you have made us achieve; and we believe we shall continue accordingly.  It is something unforgettable.

Thank you so much,

                                    Sincerely yours


Learning to read a newspaper for the first time
Learning to read a newspaper for the first time
Learning to read
Learning to read
The award winning dance troupe "Elephant"
The award winning dance troupe "Elephant"
Learning to write
Learning to write

Dear Sir / Madam,

We thank you for the collaboration and partnership towards women's development. Your support is of great importance to us. Currently we are at the beginning of the third term of our program, the first of September 2014.

In our last report we had mentioned that we had taught 20 women to read, write, solve math problems as well as introduce the subjects of women rights and some business skills. This training was carried out without obstacles. Additionally we managed to prepare for the end of second termexams, plans for the third term program, and carry out student study tours that helped them achieve business skills. We also sensitized students about the benefits of cooperatives in the development of our societies.  As a result, most of them are now enjoying being in cooperatives.

We would like to share with you the testimony of one of our students, Placidie, who managed to apply and receive a bank loan which she used to rehabilitate a house and erect a water tank from which she sells water to the neighbors. From this she is able to pay her children's school fees although she herself is a widow.  She thanks Let us Build Ourselves to have enabled her to better know the dignity and value of a girl in society and to take action. She says that if she has not been in this literacy program she wouldn't have been able to achieve all of this.

Chronic challenges continue to be:

-  Teachers salaries are paid irregularity.

-  Monthly operating costs continue to get higher.

- The issue of replacing the dancing troupes INZOVU (elephant) costumes remain unsolved.  The costumes are getting worn out and we now have to rent some when we are invited to perform. This dance troupe helps us in our fundraising.

The following is our plan:

-  Continue to teach reading, writing and mathematics as planned from the beginning.

-  Prepare for examinations for the end of the third term.

-  Increase study tours for students since they have proven to be impactful.

-  Continue encouraging students to form and join cooperatives.

-  Continue training women on their rights and business skills.

-  Organize the fifth graduation ceremony.

I would like to end by asking two questions.  In your country is the number of women bigger than the number of men as it is here in Rwanda? Do you have women in decision-making positions in large members, as it is the case here in Rwanda?

Once again, please accept our appreciation of your support and participation in advocating for women’s rights.

Thank you so much,

                                                The Team “Let us Build Ourselves" in Rwanda

Learning math
Learning math
Learning to read
Learning to read
Becoming literate
Becoming literate


Answering questions
Answering questions

Dear Sir/Madam,

We take this opportunity to send our sincere thanks for your great support in this task of literacy programs.  We are pleased to tell you that we are right in the second term which is scheduled to end at the beginning of August.  In the previous report we had planned to teach twenty women reading, writing and calculation.  Also providing training in business skills as well as their rights. Fortunately, this has not changed, and everything is going on well.

One interesting thing is to see one of the students has started to give subject introduction even before the teacher comes in.

One student MUKANKURANGA Janet was able to process a loan on her own from a local financial institution, after understanding well the subject on business skills.

Our remaining challenges:

-       teachers salaries are paid irregularly

-       monthly operating costs are increasing

-       our dancing troupe known as INZOVU (elephant) which helps us in fundraising has aging costumes and because they are insufficient that is to say at times we need hiring some new ones.

Our plan ahead is to:

a)    prepare for the examinations of second  term end

b)    elaboration of the third term program

c)     preparation for the study tours of the students in various business centers so that they become able to put the theory into practice

d)    mobilize the students to join cooperatives which will help them to combine  their efforts with others and have sustainable development

e)    continue the program of teaching as planned from the beginning

Don’t you think that educating a woman is educating the family?
In your country, between a man and a women who determines the number of children to be born?
Thank you for being a great supporter in our endeavors to educate a woman.

Sincerely yours,


Learning is fun
Learning is fun
Literacy program supported by this dance troupe
Literacy program supported by this dance troupe


Dear Sir/ Madam,

Thank you for your great support.

We are excited to let you know that the fourth graduation of 20 women in our program happened on February 28, 2014 and new academic year 2014 started on March 3, 2014

In the previous report we were in preparation of fourth graduation. All the women received their certificates They are now able to read, write and calculate, they also 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; no student got less than seventy five percent (75%) in the exam, on the graduation day the women read and write down in front of local leaders and other invitees. This was to test their knowledge that enables them to receive certificates.

The women gave testimonials about the impact of our program in their lives, one of the beneficiaries said “before joining this literacy program I was unable to direct my self as I could not read a road post. I couldn’t vote my self, I feared participating in local meetings, I used to give more than required balance to my customers in my selling shoes business. Now I have no more problems related to being illiterate I even have my own bank account to save my money”.

The following are challenges that we have:

  •        We are still unable to regularly pay the teacher’s salaries
  •        We are still having shortfalls in our monthly operating costs such as buying chalks, books etc…
  •        We are still renting some costumes of dancing troop that helps us in fundraising.

The following are plan we have in this new academic year 2014 for Rwandan women to read, write calculate:

  •        As usual teaching 20 adult women from our community: reading, writing and calculation and providing training about their rights and business skills.
  •        Starting new program of teaching English to adult women in this academic year 2014

Don’t you think that our program is of great value? What do you think about our plan?

Thank you again for your support to our program!

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.

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We wish to stay in touch with you.

Thank you very much!


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Gretchen Wallace
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Hanover, NH United States

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