The Fund plans to build a new primary school for 400 underserved children in Buhumba village on Idjwi Island in the Democratic Republic of Congo and to implement and sustain programs to improve the educational opportunities for these children.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Years of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Rwanda has resulted in a substantial influx of refugees, including many orphans, to Idjwi Island in Lake Kivu between the two countries. The existing primary school in Buhumba has just four small rooms for 400 children, few supplies, and a roof and walls that leak when it rains, forcing the school to close. Although many international organizations are active in Eastern Congo, there is virtually no support for the Idjwi community.
How will this project solve this problem?
We are constructing a new school on donated land to provide adequate facilities for these children to learn. The new school will reduce overcrowding and provide additional resources, such as desks and teaching materials, to facilitate improved education for the students. In addition, construction will provide much-needed jobs for suppliers and laborers on the island.
Potential Long Term Impact
An improved primary school environment will equip children with the knowledge and tools that they need to improve their own lives and that of their community. Building a new primary school in Buhumba village is an investment that will provide returns both for the hundreds of children who will attend this school and for the larger community on Idjwi.
Total Funding Received to Date: $38,184
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $21,816
Total Funding Goal: $60,000