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.
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.
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. We will develop and implement programs to support the curriculum at the school. In addition, the fund will introduce public health, sanitation and nutrition programs for the students and school community.
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. Numerous studies have shown that public health and nutrition are critical components of primary education and for the retention of students
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