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.
Jan 22, 2014

Math Kits Received!

Luberizi students display math kits & gratitude
Luberizi students display math kits & gratitude

Thanks to your donations, math kits have been purchased for all 130 children at our three schools in South Kivu, eastern DR Congo. With funds from another source, we also purchased notebooks for each of the students to write in. And our earlier microproject has the students equipped with pens and pencils to write with. These new tools reflect a great expansion of the students' earlier limited learning systems involving only bottle caps for counting and chalk for solving equations.

These students are now facing worlds of new discoveries in the classroom thanks to this simple math kit. Photos here show the contents of the kit, the distributed kits and notebooks, and a thank you sign to you, the donors of GlobalGiving.

We expect two new microprojects to be posted soon to raise money for new backpacks to contain the children's new belongings at 2 of the 3 schools as well as an urgent need for new shoes for children at the Luberizi school, which is currently without a roof in 4 classrooms following a storm. Fortunately money has been raised for repairs and the children continue to attend classes rain (sharing covered classrooms) or shine. Keep checking GlobalGiving.org for the posting of these microprojects; try searching "backpacks 90 kids DR Congo" and "shoes 45 kids DR Congo."

Continued gratitude goes out to you from me, my Congolese project co-leader Bernadette, the staff at the schools, the parents, and the children. Feel free to reach out to me with questions: annetteamcav@gmail.com.

Rwenena students display math kits and notebooks
Rwenena students display math kits and notebooks
Student demo of a compass
Student demo of a compass
Contents of the math kit
Contents of the math kit
Dec 19, 2013

No Roof Over Their Heads

Roofless students endure extreme heat in class.
Roofless students endure extreme heat in class.

Dear Supporters,

I am sorry to report that a recent storm destroyed the roof over 4 of the classrooms at our Vijana Primary School in Luberizi. This is the same school profiled in our last report, which featured a young boy giving thanks for you, the donors of GlobalGiving. Classes are continuing to be held despite heat and even rain. AMCAV is facilitating community meetings of parents and school, government, and church authorities to see how much they can all pitch in to get the job done. The parents will be contributing used roof panels. The preliminary estimate is $2,220, which includes new panels, so the final cost should be cheaper with the used panels. In the meantime, since our students comprise a substantial percentage of the school and since infrastructure in DR Congo is poor with the country earning the #2 slot in the 2013 Failed States report, we believe it is right that emergency funding from this project be applied. Please pitch in what you can. If we raise enough, and again in collaboration with the community, we will also explore costs to repair a longstanding roof leak at our Rwenena school. Otherwise funds will be used to pay tuition fees and maintain our new supplemental learning program. Thank you for your consideration.

Thanks to your donations, the supplemental learning program continues to be successful. We have therefore moved past the pilot stage and approved its implementation at another school of this project, Rwenena Primary School. They are very excited to begin.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me at annetteamcav@gmail.com.

Best wishes to all of you for a joyous holiday season and a healthy and happy 2014.

Repairs are urgently needed.
Repairs are urgently needed.
Collapsed roof
Collapsed roof

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Dec 2, 2013

Pilot Tutoring Program Successful

Luberizi Students at Vijana Primary School
Luberizi Students at Vijana Primary School

Happy Holiday Season, Supporters!

Remember I told you in my last report we would be trying a pilot program to provide supplemental instruction for our students? I have learned that it went very well - the students love it and their mothers/caring adults are thrilled. The cost is $100 per month for one school. This provides a salary supplement for two teachers (and believe me, they need it). The 45 kids at our Vijana Primary School in Luberizi are divided into 2 groups based on academic level. I would really like to keep this going, and in the future, even expand the program to our other two schools in Rwenena and Kiliba Sucki. But it will all depend on the funding we receive from donors like you. And to help achieve this, I have a personal request and important announcements related to GlobalGiving.

Since funding for our basic tuition plus this new program requires steady, continued funding, I'm asking you to consider recurring donations (and thanks to those who already do this). It's always nice to throw in the extra 15% fee charged by GlobalGiving since otherwise it comes out of project money. GlobalGiving is currently running a special promotion on recurring donations:

https://www.globalgiving.org/recurring-donations-matched/

In other news, GlobalGiving just posted our new microproject to raise funds for math kits for our kids:

http://www.globalgiving.org/microprojects/math-education-skills-130-kids-born-of-rape-dr-congo/

Thanks for remembering the kids in our program during your holiday giving. Remember that GlobalGiving donations are tax deductible.

On behalf of Bernadette, the schools, the kids, and their caretakers, I wish you all the best for the holidays, 2014, and beyond.

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