On November 15, two volunteers from the Idjwi Island Education Fund boarded a boat in Goma to travel to Idjwi Island and deliver supplies to nine needy sixth graders at the Buhumba Village School. On Friday, November 16, our volunteers delivered backpacks, notebooks, pens, and other supplies to these disadvantaged children. We also provided tuition for the nine sixth graders. The children, their teacher, and the Idjwi Island Education Fund appreciate the support provided by generous donors to this micro project. In addition, the Fund provided additional supplies for the other students in sixth grade and at the school. The students, parents, teachers, school director, and local officials were all present for the delivery of the items. A representative of HEAL Africa joined our volunteers for the delivery of the supplies.
The photograph above shows students from the Buhumba School helping to unload boxes of supplies from the boat at the port on Idjwi Island.
This exciting moment has been disrupted by the news that rebel forces in the North Kivu province on the mainland in DR Congo have seized the regional capital, Goma. In this instance, the children on Idjwi Island are somewhat fortunate because they are isolated from the violence. Our volunteers and their families, however, live in Goma. We have confirmed that two of our volunteers were able to return to Goma through an alternative route. The third volunteer is remaining on Idjwi Island for the time being. We ask that you keep the people in Goma in your thoughts and prayers.
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