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Reach Education Action Programme

Thane, India

Father Trevor Miranda founded a system of 450 informal schools known as the Reach Education Action Programme (REAP), which reaches out to children who have dropped out of school, teaches them to read and returns them to the mainstream municipal school system. Over time, REAP has grown to include professional training programs for women.

Since its inception in 1998, REAP has led thousands of children back into school or vocational training programs. Father Trevor and his colleagues go door-to-door, sharing the benefits of education with parents.

Through REAP, classrooms are transformed into vibrant spaces for students to learn how to read and write. The teachers, often the program’s alumni, are dedicated and energetic, never hesitating to go where the need is greatest. They personify Fr. Trevor’s philosophy of serving those in need.