Readers testimonials from Ready for Reading

Ready for Reading (RfR) is a local Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) located in Eastern Province, Kayonza District, Rwinkwavu Sector, serving the community comprised of surrounding districts and villages, Kabarondo, Murama, Ndego, Mwiri and Kabare sectors.
 It seeks to empower the community through literacy, technology and life skills, enhancing academic, social, cultural and economic opportunities for both personal and community growth and enrichment. The following are the testimonials from the RfR interventions’ beneficiaries.

Mother of Kamikazi Benita
“Kamikazi Benita is a 5 years old. When Benita was aged 3, my husband and I learnt that she has slowness in her steps of learning and basic vocabularies. It was hard for Benita to make even one sentence until the age of three. I went to the hospital for the diagnosis and the doctor told me that I need to take my time and organize regular friendly talks with my child so that she can be able to develop vocabularies, learning new words, and keep measuring the progress if any.
I started taking Benita to the library to read stories to her. When we got back home, I asked her to try and share the story with her elder sisters. She tried her best and luckily she started using her own vocabularies to share the story. This has helped her to learn more new vocabularies during reading and right after reading story and the exercise of sharing with her sisters.
I would say that reading was the best tool and medicine that helped get Benitha to mentally grow faster and she is now in preprimary class. I am happy that it has given her the foundation which is allowing her to easily acquire more things from her class and it seems that her brain capacity is getting more and more regular”.

Thierry Irakiza
“My name is Thierry Irakiza, I am in Primary 4. No one from my family had a chance to finish high school. I like to read because I know that reading is one of the important things that my elder brothers and sisters didn't have access to, and be able to finish school.
Since the library opened here in Rwinkwavu, I want to make a difference in my family! I believe that I will be able to finish secondary school and even go to the university.
Since I started to read, I progressively started doing better in classes especially in English. My sister Liberatha dropped out of school when in P3 and I knew that it was due to the failure she had in English as she got 20% in English and English is the language of instruction in Rwanda.
Being bad in English means also failing in other subjects like Math, Social Studies and Sciences as these topics are also taught in English. Liberathe ended up dropping out as she was with no hope that she will succeed and she even didn’t have any other support or way to overcome this challenge.”