Idjwi Island Education Fund

The Idjwi Island Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of providing a better school for children in the village of Buhumba on Idjwi Island in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Idjwi Island, located in Lake Kivu on the eastern border of the DRC, has seen a dramatic increase in its population in recent years, much of which is the result of refugees fleeing violence in Rwanda and the DRC. A substantial number of these new residents are children, including many orphans. Approximately 400 children attend the existing primary school. This makeshift school is overcrowded, has a leaky roof, and does not provide desks or even books for the students. In 20...
Oct 28, 2016

Look at the new classroom building!

We finished the new classroom building for the kids in Buhumba Village! Our crew, from Goma and from Idjwi, worked through the summer to complete the construction of the new building which houses six classrooms. The entire school community is thrilled and proud of the new building, which is constructed with a stone foundation, brick and mortar walls, a heavy timber supported metal roof, and concrete floors.

The new building is so popular that our enrollment has increased by approximately 150 children. We now have more than 500 children at the school. We are busy building new desks as fast as we can to provide additional work space for the new students.

Our work is not finished. While this new classroom building will provide a better learning environment for the kids, much more is needed to provide the kids with an opportunity to reach their full potential. We are continuing to work on public health, nutrition, sanitation and teacher training programs that will provide better conditions for the children to learn.  

We appreciate your support on this journey. There is more excitement to come.

Interior of a classroom in the new building
Interior of a classroom in the new building
A classroom in the old school building
A classroom in the old school building
Jul 6, 2016

Construction Zone!

We are thrilled to announce that the new classroom building in Buhumba Village is almost finished!

For the last two months, we have been working six days a week to construct the new building which will house six classrooms for EP Buhumba.  We started by loading a truck with supplies in Goma and shipping it by ferry to Idjwi Island.  We also sourced bricks, sand and other materials locally on Idjwi Island.  Our crew, which consists of workers from Goma and six local builders, has completed the exterior and roof of the building and is putting the finishing touches on the interior of the classrooms.  As is custom in the region, we are providing meals for the workers.  

The classroom building has a stone foundation, brick walls, and metal roof in the classic regional design with six classrooms that all open separately to the outside.  The classrooms, which are 3 meters by 4 meters, will provide additional space and a more comfortable learning enviroment for the kids.  For the first time, the kids will have a real floor.  The building has beautiful views of the valley and Lake Kivu.   

The children and community have been very excited about the construction project and have helped by carrying supplies and monitoring every development!  We expect the construction to be completed ahead of schedule and on budget.  The kids will have new classrooms when the new school year starts back in September.

While we are excited about the classroom building, there is more to be done.  We have already started to source new benches for the classrooms.  In the next phase of construction, we plan to complete the administrative office, which will provide the space for our health and nutrition programs.  We also are building new latrines.  

The Idjwi Island Education Fund is very grateful for our friends and supporters who have made this possible.  Thank you.

Loading the ferry!
Loading the ferry!
Loading bricks on Idjwi
Loading bricks on Idjwi
The construction site
The construction site
Mar 31, 2016

Annual Report for 2015

Friends and Supporters -

We are pleased to share a copy of the Idjwi Island Education Fund's 2015 Annual Report.  Our highlights for 2015 include:

  • supporting the existing school through the Bustani sustainable garden project, granting scholarships to a small group of needy students, and providing incentive salary bonus payments to staff. 
  • hosting our first-ever summer camp for the school kids, including art, crafts and athletics. 
  • bringing a global health pediatrician to the school to conduct a preliminary health assessment of the kids and to obtain important information for developing public health and nutrition programs.  
  • Raising more than $27,000 through more than 50 individual, foundation, and corporate donations, which positions us to complete construction of the classroom building this summer. 

We appreciate the contributions we received through volunteer efforts and donations during 2015.  


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