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Mar 28, 2017

A JOYFUL AND EXCITING MOMENTS

#1: students sharing Christmas meal
#1: students sharing Christmas meal

                                                      A JOYFUL AND EXCITING MOMENTS

 On the 23rd day of December, three main venues were at the appointment at Iwacu Kazoza School:

Firstly, a football (Soccer) match opposing the teachers of Iwacu Kazoza Sschool and the students. The winners were given two goats as the first place prize and the teachers were given one goat. It was a big fun and excited day and game!!!

Secondly, after the game, as it was planned it was time to issue results of the first term to the Iwacu kazoza school students both primary and secondary school students.

Finally later in the afternoon, students, teachers, parents of the students schooling at Iwacu Kazoza School, visitors and local leaders of the community all were invited to celebrate Christmas together with JRMD office team. The Day’s BIG MEAL and soft drink (Coca Cola, Fanta Orange, Sprite, …) were served to all above mentioned people. We all shared Barbecued goat meat with the traditional “Ubuswage” that traditionally goes with the meat.

The students, teachers, parents, visitors, local leaders of Ruhagarika Community and JRMD Office Team are all grateful to Kenneth and Debbie Mettler and Alan and Molly who enabled us to feed over 700 people and give a prize to the winners and losers.

“DRINK COFFEE and HELP A CHILD” Fundraising project is another way that JRMD is using to raise funds to help provide education and care for orphans. It all started at the Seven Oaks Elementary School in Lacey, Washington. Truly a “win-win” idea, now YOU can … “DRINK COFFEE and HELP A CHILD”. For more information about this fundraising, please click on the following link: https://www.facebook.com/238561311217/photos/a.10150191650251218.313510.238561311217/10154215382486218/?type=3&theater

With the help of our donors, friends and friends of friends  Iwacu Kazoza School continues to provide quality education to 507 children who are from very poor families or are orphaned street children.  Once building is completed, we will be able to accommodate 800 students and 160 orphans. Today, the completion of the construction of a part of the orphanage that will accommodate and care for 80 orphans is in progress.

At Iwacu Kazoza School and the Orphanage, we presently do not have electricity for lights, computers, refrigeration:  things that many of you see as essential and totally take for granted.  By installing this renewable source, we will not only be able to offer these things to our present students and Orphanage, but also to young people and adults in our community as they will be able to have a meeting place for education, meetings, workshops, training and social events for years to come.  The entire Imuhira Iwacu Village will benefit. 

NEED OF 20 KW SOLAR PANELS:           

We have been extremely fortunate to have used solar panels donated to us by Sun Electronics and we also have electricians to install them in Burundi.  However, we do not have any of the hardware that will be needed for our off the grid installation.  We need charge controllers, generators, surge protectors, PV male and female output parts, Inverter/Charger (6800 watts), power distribution panel, connection kit and batteries.  

If you or your organization is able to help us in any way, you would have our deepest gratitude.  All donations are tax-deductible as we are a non-profit.  We would supply you with the appropriate paperwork. We would love to give our business to Sun Electronics, so if you are able to help us in some way financially, this would be greatly appreciated.  

PROVIDING CLEAN WATER TO IWACU KAZOZA SCHOOL AND THE ORPHANAGE:

With the Help of 200 Orphanages Worldwide, a WELL to provide clean water to the students of Iwacu Kazoza School, the Orphanage and Surrounding areas will be undertaken in few coming weeks.

Students and surrounding community all together are waiting patiently with a positive expectations. Yes, we will get there, as soon as we can!

 OUR URGENT NEED:

To finish the school year 2016-2017, we still need $18,250 to pay teacher’s salaries, for February-June 2017. This is an urgent need. Remember, today Iwacu Kazoza School is among the BEST schools in Burundi; it is among 15 best schools at national level providing a good education. This is witnessed by the results from national exams of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. You and your donation are playing a major role to make this to happen to the students schooling at Iwacu Kazoza School.

With much thanks and gratitude  to our donors, friends and friends of friends,

 Prosper Ndabishuriye

General Coordinator and Founder

#2: Students sharing meal
#2: Students sharing meal
#3: Students sharing Christmas meal
#3: Students sharing Christmas meal
#4: Solar panels donated
#4: Solar panels donated
#5: Orphanage underconstruction
#5: Orphanage underconstruction
#6: Orphanage and Iwacu Kazoza School
#6: Orphanage and Iwacu Kazoza School
Nov 25, 2016

MY SPECIAL THANK YOU MESSAGE TO OUR DONORS

#1: Students received school materials
#1: Students received school materials

                                     MY  SPECIAL THANK YOU MESSAGE TO OUR DONORS

Please accept my heartfelt thanks for your donations to Iwacu Kazoza School/JRMD.  Because of your continuing donations and your personal commitments, we have reached our goals. This not only means so much to me, but it especially means so much to the underprivileged children schooling at Iwacu Kazoza School, their parents and their teachers. Because of your donations, during the school years  2014-2015 and 2015-2016, IwacuKazoza School has been ranked #1 at the regional  level and #15 at the national level for providing  quality education in Burundi.  This is witnessed and confirmed by the results of national exams of the above-mentioned school years.

A well educated person is one who not only has valuable skills and knowledge but who most importantly has character and a feeling for others so that he or she may contribute to the well-being of all, not just him or herself.Your donation helps provide a such education to the underprivileged children schooling at Iwacu Kazoza School. The            GIVINGTUESDAY November 29, may be a good opportunity to increase your donation to make a difference in the lives of above mentioned children.

From July, 2013 to October, 2016, $82,756.59 has been donated through GlobalGiving.  For children who could not have access to education without your help, today there is hope for these children. Thank you for continuing to invest in them.

Before I finish, let me tell you about this exciting news so that you can save the date. It’s November 29, 2016!!  $500,000 in matching funds, made available by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, through GlobalGiving is the largest amount of matching funds GlobalGiving has ever had in one day! Donations made to Iwacu Kazoza School/JRMD on Tuesday November 29, 2016 will be matched up to $1,000.  For more information, please see the message below.

May God continue to bless you in a very special way,

Prosper Ndabishuriye

General Coordinator and Founder

 

                                       EXCITING NEWS!    SAVE THE DATE!    NOVEMBER 29!!!

                                                              November 28, Pacific Time!!I

$500,000 in matching funds, made available by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, through GlobalGiving is the largest amount of matching funds GlobalGiving has ever had in one day! Donations made to Iwacu Kazoza School/JRMD on Tuesday November 29, 2016 will be matched up to $1,000.

The #GivingTuesday campaign will begin November 29, 2016, at 00:00:01 EST (Eastern Standard Time) / 9:01 pm   PST (Pacific Standard Time) November 28 and end at 23:59:59 EST / 20:59:59pm PST (Pacific Standard Time) on November 29th, 2016. Be aware that there are many non-profits vying for these matching funds, so please make your donation as close to the midnight hour EST as possible (the end of the day on November 28).

New recurring donations up to $100 USD per month per unique donor will have their initial donation matched at 200% on #GivingTuesday. All new recurring donations made from #GivingTuesday, November 29 through December 31, will be matched at 200% up to $100, on the fourth donation!

The normal GlobalGiving fee applies to donations on #GivingTuesday but not to matching funds.

Because of your donations, during the school years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, IwacuKazoza School has been ranked #1 at the regional level and #15 at the national level for providing quality education in Burundi. This is witnessed and confirmed by the results of national exams of the above mentioned school years.

Donations will be made only online through the following link: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/providing-education-to-450-youths-in-ruhagarika/

Global Giving is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, making your donation fully tax-deductible.

Partners and friends, and friends of friends, let us together seize this opportunity to enable Iwacu Kazoza School to continue to provide education to our underprivileged children, by paying for teachers and purchasing books and materials.

With gratitude and warm wishes,

Prosper Ndabishuriye

General Coordinator and Founder

#2: Students receiving materials
#2: Students receiving materials
#3: Students receiving school materials
#3: Students receiving school materials
#4: Students happy of the school materials given
#4: Students happy of the school materials given
#5: Group of those who received school materials
#5: Group of those who received school materials
Nov 10, 2016

YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A W

#1: Small house under construction for a widow
#1: Small house under construction for a widow

YOUR CHRISTMAS GIFT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A WIDOW’S LIFE

Your Christmas Gift will help build a home for a widow family, reduce the expansion of AIDS and mortality occasioned by the present conditions of their living. Your donation will make a huge difference in a widow’s life and orphaned children.

Your Christmas donation would help and enable JRMD provide shelters to 100 widow families and orphans. So far, we have built 6 houses for 6 widow families of the 100 homes we plan to build in Buganda.  94  widow families and orphans, still need shelters, where they can live in security and peacefully.  As you know, Peace education is not possible for people who do not have where to live. There is NO way to promote peace, reconciliation, education, development, safety, health in and among the families who do not have shelter/home. A home is one of the most important things which contribute to the good living of a human being.

Helping a widow family to improve the condition of living by providing an affordable home, which costs $998; a home that accommodates a family of 7 to 10 people is unforgettable gift that you can give to a widow family in Burundi, during this Christmas season. Providing a home to a widow and needy family will help reduce the expansion of AIDS and the mortality of unprivileged children occasioned by the present conditions of their living. A home is one of the most important things that contribute to a good living of a human being.

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.

Thank you for your Christmas donation to a widow’s family that will enable JRMD Team to provide a shelter to a widow family and orphaned children.

Prosper Ndabishuriye

General Coordinator and Founder

#2: A widow
#2: A widow's home under construction
#3: A widow from looking woods for fire
#3: A widow from looking woods for fire
#4: One of the homes we built for widows
#4: One of the homes we built for widows
 
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