Help Kigali Kids (Deanne Casari) - Rwanda

Project Goal: $21,090

Current Progress: $1,550 (7.00%)

HELP KIGALI KIDS

Help Kigali Kids was formed in December 2023 to provide the children throughout the villages of Kigali the books and supplies that they need to learn to read English.

In 2008, the Rwandese government declared English the country's official language (it was French), and the entire education system was changed overnight. 

  • Primary and secondary teachers did not and still do not have the training or resources they need to teach English.
  • In addition, classrooms are overcrowded - with an average of 62 students to every teacher.

Due to the challenges they face, primary students lack the skills they need to learn English, score low in literacy exams and subsequently are not set up to succeed in secondary school or beyond. 

Girls are more likely to drop out of school early, and are also under-enrolled in technical, vocational and tertiary education.

WHY IS THIS SO IMPORTANT?

By providing one textbook to every student in a classroom, literacy scores increased by 5-20 percent!

  • By the end of the 21st century, half of the world’s population under 18 will be in Africa (confirmed by the UNICEF Generation 2030: Africa Study).
  • English proficiency opens education and employment opportunities, providing a way to break the cycle of poverty.
  • Children and youth who learn to read are healthier, more self-sufficient, can earn a better living and have more opportunities to become productive members of their societies.

Based on the statistics above, it is essential that the current generation of African children receive a world-class education. Delivering books to students is a tried and true method to move this vision towards a reality.

WHERE WILL THE BOOKS GO?

The books and supplies will fill the reading centers throughout the villages. In addition, secondary and post secondary books will fill a new library and mentor, training and career center through our partnership with the Africa Center for Careers.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Contact: Deanne Casari, deanna.casari@optum.com