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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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Apr 16, 2014

CALL TO ACTION!!

Educating leaders of tomorrow
Educating leaders of tomorrow
  •                                                                            CALL TO ACTION!!

I would like to express my most sincere appreciation for the generous donations you have made on behalf of the 450 children at Iwacu Kazoza School. Because of YOU, these underprivileged children can continue to access education, so important to their future and the future of our community.

With your donations from July, 2013 to March, 2014, totaling $31,000, we have been able to do the following:

  • 450 children continue to have access to education at Iwacu Kazoza School.

  • 18 teachers have been hired.

  • Student books have been purchased.

  • Two additional classrooms have been roofed.

Unfortunately our additional classrooms still need a lot of work, which we cannot afford at this time. We are very happy that we are able to pay our teachers a portion of their salaries, but we still owe them their February and March salaries. That is why April 16th is such an important date!

APRIL 16TH IS A MATCHING DONATIONS DAY

Matching is applied at 50% for every donation from $10 up to $1,000. Your donation of $10 or more will put Iwacu Kazoza School in a position to also be awarded a $10,000 grant from Microsoft. Donations should be made through: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/providing-education-to-450-youths-in-ruhagarika/ linked on the GlobalGiving website. GlobalGiving is a registered 501©3 entity, and donations are fully tax-deductible in the United States. [450 donors -- one for each child at the school -- will put us in the running for the $10 000 bonus. Please ask your friends to join us and help make a difference in a child's life.]

Matching donations will start on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at 9:01 a.m. Pacific Day Time (PDT) or at 12:00:01 PM (noon) EDT  and will end Thursday,  April 17th, 2014 at 8:59:59 p.m. Pacific Day Time (PDT) or  at 11:59:59 AM EDT, or when matching funds run out. PLEASE make your donations and encourage your friends to make their donations AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE before funds run out!

Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to make it possible to complete our classrooms, pay our teachers and buy much needed educational supplies.

Yours most sincerely,

Prosper Ndabishuriye

General Coordinator and Founder

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Feb 9, 2014

A New Hope for Today and Tomorrow's Generation

Students of Iwacu Kazoza School during break time
Students of Iwacu Kazoza School during break time

                 IWACU KAZOZA SCHOOL IS A NEW HOPE FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW’S GENERATION

Providing education and life skills will save the lives of thousands of orphans, street children and children from needy families in Cibitoke, who could not have access to education without your donation and donations from friends and friends of friends.

With your donations, through GlobalGiving, Iwacu Kazoza School is now reintegrating and providing education to hundreds of children, including orphans and street children in a NEW LIFE, NEW FAMILY, NEW SOCIETY and give them an opportunity to have right to education. It isa NEW HOPE FOR TODAY and TOMORROW’S GENERATION.

Mr. Leonard Nijimbere is a leader of Ruhagarika (chief) village, he said: “ What privilege to have this school near by and within our community, in which our children can have access to education without traveling far away, as it used to be before”!

I am very thankful to our donors and friends, and friends of friends who are making their donations to help JRMD continue provide education to  452 kids, schooling at Iwacu Kazoza School. If one person was to try do this work alone, it would be impossible. This is only possible by joining hands together to build the society and the world we want that each one of us is longing to belong and live in.

Because of your donations, the school has been able to purchase a part of  the students and teachers’ books, pay a part of teachers’s salaries, complete the construction of 16 latrines, roof 2 additional classrooms and continue providing education to 452 kids of Ruhagarika village and surrounding areas, during this school year 2013-2014, as witnessed by these pictures. To finish the construction of these 2 additional classrooms, we still need $2,825 to concrete, pave and smooth classrooms with cement, smoothing walls inside classrooms, blackboards, putting Windows, doors and paying labor.

At the time I am writing this report,$29,170 has been raised, donated by 205 and still need to raise $62,622, to cover the school budget for  the school year 2013-2014.

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.

I know the economy is tough, so thank you so much  for continuing to invest your hard-earned money on our cause. Please consider telling your friends and family about Wednesday, February 12th matching donations day. Donations made through GlobalGiving on February 12th will be matched at 30% for up to $1,000 per donor and per project . There is $75,000 available in matching grants, and GlobalGiving will be offering a  $1,000  bonus award for the most individual donors as well as a $1,000 bonus award for the most money raised. Matching begins at 9 am EST  or 6 am Pacific Time and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 pm EST/ 8:59 pm Pacific Time. For more information, please, visit the following link: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151827987316218&id=238561311217

Donation can be made through the following link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/providing-education-to-450-youths-in-ruhagarika/

Thank you for partnering with us in this way,

Prosper Ndabishuriye

General Coordinator and Founder

ndapros@yahoo.fr

Students of Iwacu Kazoza School in classroom
Students of Iwacu Kazoza School in classroom
Students of Iwacu Kazoza School in classroom
Students of Iwacu Kazoza School in classroom
The 2 additional classrooms
The 2 additional classrooms
Students in one of the 2 additional classrooms
Students in one of the 2 additional classrooms
Students of our school playing volleyball
Students of our school playing volleyball
 
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