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Jun 25, 2014

STUDENTS EXCITED TO LEARN HOW TO USE A COMPUTER

A motorcycle taxi transporting students
A motorcycle taxi transporting students

                                             STUDENTS EXCITED TO LEARN HOW TO USE A COMPUTER

The Students of Iwacu Kazoza School are excited to use a computer for their first time. They are very grateful to each of those who continue to make their donations so that they can continue to have access to education. “There is no doubt that these computers will contribute to a good education that we are receiving from Iwacu Kazoza School”, said the students.

More computers are still needed at Iwacu Kazoza School   to help continue to provide a good education to the 450 students schooling at the above mentioned school.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform our donors and friends that the June 25th Matching donations day is a good opportunity and way to help fund the school Budget of Iwacu Kazoza School for the 2014-2015 school year, when every donation made to JRMD will be doubled from $10 up to $1,000.

This matching donations begins today, June 25, at 9:00 AM (Pacific Standard Time (PST) or at 12:00 PM  (EDT). There are $200,000 available in matching funds from Microsoft. Matching is applied at 100% for every donation from $10 up to $1,000 per donor per project, until matching funds run out. Please, make your donation through the following link, within the first 15 minutes, thus between 9:00-9:15 AM (PST) or 12:00 -12:15 PM (EDT), as matching funds are limited and can run out before a scheduled time:

http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/providing-education-to-450-Children-in-ruhagarika/

Funds raised will be used to continue provide education to 450 students, schooling at Iwacu Kazoza School for the school year 2014-2015.  Because of donors like you, these underprivileged children can continue to access education, so important to their future and the future of our community.

I encourage our donors and friends to donate within the first 15 minutes, as above indicated .

Once again, thank you for your commitment and faithfulness to continue to help financially the 450 underprivileged kids have access to education.

Prosper Ndabishuriye

General Coordinator and Founder /JRMD/YRWD

Students learning how to use computer
Students learning how to use computer
Teaching a new way to do things
Teaching a new way to do things
Receiving 10 laptops for the school from the donor
Receiving 10 laptops for the school from the donor
New way to increase knowledge
New way to increase knowledge
STUDENTS EXCITED TO LEARN HOW TO USE A COMPUTER
STUDENTS EXCITED TO LEARN HOW TO USE A COMPUTER
May 19, 2014

CURRENT SITUATION OF SURVIVORS OF BUJUMBURA FLOODS

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                          CURRENT SITUATION OF SURVIVORS OF BUJUMBURA FLOODS

Survivors of Carama and surrounding areas are now living in 5 different displacement Camps. Their current situation is very bad, as you can see from the pictures. The Carama survivors lost their beloved ones and belongings. One couple lost their 6 children, killed by torrential rains. They very much need food, clothes, blankets and kitchen materials. Moreover, they need Permanente shelters where they can live with their families. To build one home it cost $998; a home that can accommodate a family of 7 to 10 people. Until the time I am writing this report, $210 have been donated for this project.

The Heavy rains of Sunday, February 12th, 2014 caused flooding in the northern areas of Bujumbura, including Carama location. The torrential rains and landslides have left at list 77 people dead, 81 injured, about 12,000 displaced in Bujumbura and around 1,500 houses destroyed. The survivors of Bujumbura disaster are urgently in need assistance

See how the torrential rains that killed over 77 people and destroyed around 1,500 houses in Carama and surrounding areas, moved this container full of heavy materials, from where it was located to a distance of 65 feet and pushed it on the other roadside gutter.

I continue to hope and believe donations will be made to this project so that we can help the people of Carama rebuild their homes and their land.

Thank you so much for help us make a difference in Carama community.

Prosper Ndabishuriye

General Coordinator and Founder.

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May 7, 2014

GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WITHIN AND BEYOND

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                                         GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY WITHIN AND BEYOND

Compassion is not about words, Compassion is action; it is about caring for those in need and suffering. Compassion is feeling with someone and not feeling for someone. When you feel with some one,   you identify yourself with that person. Because, when you feel with, it means that you also feel the pain as much as if it was on you. And with Compassion you just don’t feel, you also get a strong desire to do something, something that would make the pain go or lessen the pain, and more often the desire is so strong that you end up trying as much as you would have tried for your own self. And you may even become restless when you can’t do much about it. It’s more saying sorry, you can’t get the satisfaction of just saying “sorry” or “I will pray for you”.  The way I understand Compassion, it’s to be human. A human being feels pain and feels for others too. Compassion is selfless act, it makes you see others; you just don’t think that as long as you are fine then everything is good for every one.

Compassion is about action; it is about caring for one another; it is about understanding; it is about identifying yourself with those in need and suffering; it is about solidarity;  it is about helping  find the solutions for those who are waiting for a help  and assistance.  This  is exactly what we have been doing for the last 20 years for  those in need, for the homeless and hopeless people in Burundi.

As you can see from these pictures, the construction of 3 houses for 3 widow families who are the beneficiaries have been completed.  These three widow families together with their children are very grateful to JRMD and  those who contributed financially so that they can have their own Permanente homes, where they can live with their children.

Niyokindi is one of the three widow families, she  said: “ As we did not have our own house, after my husband died, me and my three children became homeless  and  lost totally my hope to have   one day a house in which me and my children  can live in together. Having this house is a miracle to me. I am very thankful to those who helped me to have this nice home. May God bless them”.

With the help of JRMD Home Building Team  81 of 100 widow and orphan families have already made enough bricks to build their houses.  As soon, as funds to purchase construction materials are raised, with the help of JRMD home building team, the work of roofing houses already built at the stage of roofing will begin.

I am very grateful  to our donors and friends, and friends of friends who continue  to help JRMD continue provide shelter to the widow and orphan families in Burundi. If one person was to try do this work alone, it would be impossible. This is only possible by joining hands together with friends, and friends of friends  to build a society and the world we want that each one of us is longing to belong to and live in.

Until our project is fully funded, we will be sending you regular reports about our work. You'll know what your donation has helped fund, what accomplishments we have achieved and what our current needs are. Donation can be made through the following link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/providing-shelters-to-100-widows-in-buganda/

Prosper Ndabishuriye

General Coordinator and Founder

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