THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING US IN 2020!!
As we close out our 2020 GoFundMe campaign we send a HUGE THANK YOU to those who helped us exceed our $15,000 fundraising goal by almost $3,000 and keep Rwinkwavu reading and learning!!
A year ago, when the world went into lockdown and people couldn’t come to the library the library had to come to them. And it did. We created a virtual Ready for Reading Community, deployed Literacy Ambassadors throughout the District equipped with learning packets and reading tips and reached a nation-wide radio audience providing critical literacy and reading resources for the community.
We are currently raising funds for our “Reading Riders” program set to launch in mid-May. This 10- rider bike brigade will head to schools each day to support teachers in their efforts to keep students reading and engaged.
If you’re interested in learning more or supporting this program here’s the link to our new GoFundMe campaign https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/build-our-reading-riders-bike-brigade Please share it with your network of family, friends and colleagues. It’s important we do all we can to ensure kids don’t fall further behind and can make up lost ground in 2021.
Again, we can’t thank so many of you enough for your significant part in helping us provide reading and learning support to soo many in such a challenging time.
With much gratitude,
Betsy, the Ready for Reading Team and Rwinkwavu Community
Fill the Gap: Keep our Community Reading
In 2009, Ready for Reading set out to bring literacy and learning opportunities to the 32,000 children and adults in remote, rural Rwinkwavu, Rwanda. Ten years later we have built an 8,000-sq. ft. Community Library/Learning Center, stocked with 10,000 books, 50 e-readers and 25 computers and become a country-wide model.
Like organizations world-wide, Ready for Reading is currently experiencing a cashflow interruption due to COVID19. Our chief priority at this time is our TEAM, the Heart and Soul of Ready for Reading. They are essential in providing programs and work tirelessly every day to help preschoolers to grandparents learn to read and write, use a computer and gain the skills, self-worth and confidence for a healthy, productive and prosperous life.
Though we have currently had to reduce our staff paychecks by 30 percent we are keeping our “Virtual Doors” open. Most of the folks in Rwinkwavu are confined to small houses without TV, computers and books. Our steadfast Team continues to run some of our programming and keep our community reading, learning and connected via WhatsApp, Social Media and YouTube.
With a temporary decrease in fundraising due to Covid19, please join us and Donate Now to help us raise $15,000 to keep our Team working remotely and when the lock down is lifted get back to doing what we are committed to and love, helping adults and children learn, grow and thrive.
We are so grateful for any support you can provide. Every dollar matters! 100% of your contribution goes directly to benefiting the Rwinkwavu community.
Betsy Dickey, Founder/Executive Director of Ready for Reading
Betsy graduated from Georgetown University and obtained a Masters in Creative Writing from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY. After a trip to Rwanda Betsy founded Ready for Reading in 2009. Deeply moved by both the country’s recent tragic history (1994 Genocide) and the palpable stirrings of resilience and hope for the future, Betsy’s passion for reading, writing and the right to literacy converged in a remote underserved area in this small country in the heart of Africa.