ASSOCIATION OF CHRISTIAN MOTHERS FOR ASSISTANCE TO VULNERABLE (AMCAV)

Our mission is to teach women their rights, mechanisms to promote and claim. Our vision is to bring rural women to become aware of their rights, defend them, and claim them. Our objective is to contribute to respect for human rights in general, woman and children in particular.
Jun 15, 2015

Successful Learning and a Crossroads Challenge

No math anxiety for her!
No math anxiety for her!

At our Vijana Primary School in Luberizi, the school year has ended with joy. Remember the school with the broken roof I wrote about at the beginning of last year? The students were learning in a very challenging environment. Thanks to an outside donor, the roof was replaced and the academic year ending now is their most successful in the history of the program's 4-year history. Several of our students tested with high scores--girls as well as boys. The Number 1 student in the school is a confident boy, Bisima, who speaks in the video provided here. Bisima proudly represented his school in an academic exam competition held in the capital of South Kivu, Bukavu. We are still waiting for his scores, but we are proud of him regardless.

Without this program, Bisima and our other top-scoring students would still be at home without an education. You, our donors, make this possible. Now Bisima and many more are at a crossroads. We are obliged to pay about $8 per student to take a mandatory exam to enter secondary school. Once there, we will need to pay $8 per month instead of $5, the primary school rate. Again we thank all our recurring donors because you give us the stability we need to plan for the future of our students. And again we ask others of you to consider a monthly recurring donation--as little as $10, plus the GlobalGiving fee of 15% would be great to include so it doesn't get taken out of our proceeds. Of course greater amounts would be welcomed!

On behalf of Bisima, all the other students, the school officials, and AMCAV, I say thank you. Please continue to share our project among your social media and other contacts. As project participants say over and over again in their references to GlobalGiving [donors], may you live a long life and not get tired of your support for this project.

The #1 student - Bisimwa - is part of our program!
The #1 student - Bisimwa - is part of our program!
Thinking clearly, acting confidently!
Thinking clearly, acting confidently!

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Feb 24, 2015

Rwenena: A Forgotten Village

The Rwenena school community with military escort
The Rwenena school community with military escort

Communications Challenges

It's been a rough ride in the Congo since our last report. In the last month, the government arranged to shut off all communications for socio-political reasons (see links). No Internet, e-mail, texting, or phone. Don't be misled by the "restoration" reported from Kinshasa on the far side of the country: in the east, they know irregular power and communications lines all too well. Neither Internet nor electricity are found in the rural areas of our three school communities.

The Cow Path Leads Here

Rwenena (Reh-NEHN-uh) is the most remote and volatile of these three communities. To get there, you must travel several miles on what appears to be little more than a grassy cow path, several miles off the main road, very close to the Burundian border. Rwenena is truly overlooked by the rest of the world - no other assistance comes their way. Although this program does what it can, they are in need of everything else, including health care, adequate food, clean water, income-generating activities, and education for more children. Despite all these needs, the village remains grateful to you, the GlobalGiving donors, for what this project does for their children. Everyone there knows that education is the key to a better life.

A Place To Sit

The Rwenena Primary School principal, Isaac, travels by scooter from his far-off home to the school; expenses eat up $30 of his $50-a-month salary, and he has a family to support. Until recently, he had no chair waiting for him at the school, and his desk was so unstable when I saw it, I thought it would topple over at the slightest touch. Thanks to an outside funder, we were able to acquire new furniture for our students, teachers, and administrators. Included is a new desk and chair for Isaac.

Military Escort for These Photos!

Getting the photos you see here (and others that have had technical glitches so are not yet available) from Rwenena was the result of a tremendous effort. Project Co-Leader Bernadette was concerned about her security traveling to Rwenena so was able to acquire an approved military escort for her trip.The group she found - along with the escorts - appears in the main photo. She reports that the escort joined the community in their gratitude for this project. Don't miss the photo that shows our friend Issac at his new table, sitting on his new chair.

Please Consider A Donation

School continues, and now, more than ever, we need your donations to cover costs. Consider donating as a gift, a tribute, or a repeat or recurring donation. Continued gratitude to our recurring donors!

Follow-Up

As a follow-up to our last report, Iain Guest of The Advocacy Project has pledged to offer continuing consulting support not only to this education project, but to AMCAV in general. For this we are extremely grateful.

Thanks to each and every one of you for your caring support.

Isaac at his new table!
Isaac at his new table!
Isaac
Isaac's office in 2013, as seen by Annette

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Dec 1, 2014

Kick Off the Holiday Season with Our Congo Kids!

Iain
Iain's meeting with some of our Luberizi students

I am excited to share with you that Iain Guest, Founder and Executive Director of The Advocacy Project, recently donated his consulting services to our project, coordinating visits to both AMCAV in DRC and myself in the States. He negotiated a good working strategy for how to make our project stronger - not just paying the school fees each month but creating a solid infrastructure from which we can eventually expand to serve more of the students that hope to one day join our program (their famiies do not have the means to pay the modest school fees). We are contemplating best ways forward, which I will share with you as plans develop. In the meantime, know that the 130 children supported by this project continue to make progress in their studies this year thanks to your donations.

I want to give a special shout-out to our recurring donors, who I don't always get a chance to thank personally. Although we are grateful for any and all donations that may come our way, recurring donations allow us to plan ahead in a more predictable manner. Even $10 a month makes a sizable difference. I'd also like to remind you that you can start a fundraiser of any kind here on GlobalGiving for a variety of occasions and specialize this project as the recipient. To start your own, go to https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/fundraiser-new/type or use mine: http://www.globalgiving.org/fundraisers/educate-130-children-of-drc-rape-victims-1/.

Last but not least, Giving Tuesday is coming up on Tuesday, Dec. 2, and as a Microsoft YouthSpark participant, our project is eligible for matching funds at 100% to be released at the following times: 

Please try to make donations as close to these start times as possible, as matching funds run out quickly. Of course if you miss the matching funds, your donations are still welcome!

We send each of you gratitude and wish you a great holiday season and a happy, healthy 2015! You can reach me anytime at annetteamcav@gmail.com.

Annette (with Bernadette and our 3 school communities)

Words of gratitude from our Luberizi principal (r)
Words of gratitude from our Luberizi principal (r)
Our Luberizi principal accepts token gifts.
Our Luberizi principal accepts token gifts.

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