REAP was born out of a need to combat illiteracy and ensure every child is in school and not working. For millions of children out of school education is still a distant dream. Yet, it is a known fact that primary education is the key to development and that the future of the country is shaped in the classrooms. REAP launched a full scale campaing for the erradication of illiteracy 18 years ago covering the length and breadth of Mumbai and surrounding rural areas upto Khardi. Through a non-formal education programme it literally takes education to the doorstep of the poor. REAPs motto, no child left behind is the principle reason for this massive outreach. Through a dynamic vision, grassroot approach, innovative pedagogies REAP set on a task of social transformation through 4 Es: Education, Entitlement of rights, Employment and Empowerment. Every year REAP conducts 250 literacy centres covering about 5000 learners which include children in slums, villages, ragpickers and working children. Its literacy programme includes Balwadis, Supplementary classes for school going children, networking with rural government schools for enhancing educaion, provides computer education and library facilities. REAP also conducts a boarding for tribal girls in Shahpur Taluka to encourage them to complete high school and prevent early marriages. Another short stay boarding for Katkari tribal children to prevent them from loosing out on schooling due to migration. REAPs Teacher Training centes support this massive literacy mission through in service training and training of new teachers. Womens empowerment is an integral part of REAPs literacy effort. Starting from adult literacy, skill training, awareness programmes, income generation programmes, women are trained to become agents of change in their communities. Micro credit has helpd women to emerge from the clutches of money lenders and become economically self reliant. REAP is a story of growth, dynamism and commitment. Its strenght is its ability to take risks for the poor, its wide outreach and its desire to give the best to the least. REAP was awarded the $1 million 2005 International OPUS Prize for outstanding humanitarian work in the US.