A Long Journey from Vancouver to Rwinkwavu

The container at a checkpoint on the Rwandan/Tanzanian Border

After traveling 4 months from Vancouver to Rwanda, a container full of 500 donated bicycles is set to arrive in Rwinkwavu this week.  Ready for Reading has partnered with Rwanda Bookmobile to create the “Reading Riders” Program, whose mission is to foster in children, the love of reading and learning.

Once the bikes are on the ground the roll-out of the “Reading Riders” Program will begin in earnest. Bicycles will be distributed to strategic partners across Rwanda who will serve as regional hubs working with libraries and schools in their catchment areas to expand community outreach. We started a pilot phase in Rwinkwavu in May and the children and their teachers love it.  Our Reading Riders do, too!”

A huge crane will hoist the 20 x 40 container onto the Rwinkwavu Community Library/Learning Center grounds. Along with bikes, equipment is included to set up  a small bike maintenance shop as the shipping container itself is transformed into a building adjacent to the Center. Should be quite exciting for the community to see!! Stay Tuned!!

Happy 9th Anniversary Rwinkwavu Community Library and Learning Center!

                               9 Years of Spreading the Joy of Reading! 

                                       Our Team in the Library

                                             Our “Reading Riders” in Schools

                                                          On the Radio

9 years ago today, Ready for Reading, along with the Ministry of Sports and Culture, District and local officials, Partners In Health and the Rwinkwavu community gathered to celebrate the opening of our Rwinkwavu Community Library and Learning Center.

Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, everyday people with scarce resources are given the opportunity to learn to read and write, use a computer and gain the life skills vital to climbing out of generational cycles of poverty and create a better future for themselves and their families.

In addition to our core programming we bring families and communities together as they bond through celebration days, literacy events and activities, music, dance and community performances in our amphitheater and in their schools and villages. The Library/Learning Center has become the heart of the community, a country-wide model and stands as a beacon of opportunity, hope and healing.

Last but not least, the all-Rwandan Team works tirelessly to level the playing field for people in underserved rural Rwanda. Their dedication, compassion and commitment are the absolute key to our success as they continually strive to grow, find new ways to engage the community and bring the joy of reading to more people.

Thank You for being part of this journey, we couldn’t have done it without your faith in our mission and steadfast support every step of the way.

With IMMENSE gratitude,  Betsy, the Ready for Reading Team and Rwinkwavu Community

Reading Riders to foster reading culture in primary schools

In an effort to foster a culture of reading among young people, the NGO Ready for Reading in Collaboration with Rwanda Book Mobile runs a “Reading Riders” project, in which Reading Riders read stories aloud for students in two schools in Rwinkwavu primary schools to note GS Rwinkwavu and Abadahigwa Primary School twice in a week.

According to the Ready for Reading partnerships Director, Habimana Jean Marie the Reading Riders project in wide is expected to be the answer to people who are unable to reach the libraries He says, “Normally, this is the Project that we started in partnership with Rwanda Book Mobile aiming to promote reading Culture and support the struggling readers by reaching them in their schools.”

Reading Riders is also expected to enhance the quality of education and reduce the number of school dropouts, The Partnership Director in Ready for Reading: “The end result is to solve the issue of the kids who are getting at the P4 level without the capacity to read and reduce the drop out as the research has shown that the big percentage of the kids who get to the level of P5 without the capacity to read tends to drop out of schools” He concluded mentioning that the project will be implemented on a pilot basis in Rwinkwavu sector for a period of three months, which will continue to be implemented in many other schools in the future.

Reading Riders project was launched in May 2021.