Improve Education for 400 Children on Idjwi Island

by Idjwi Island Education Fund
Improve Education for 400 Children on Idjwi Island
Improve Education for 400 Children on Idjwi Island
Improve Education for 400 Children on Idjwi Island
Improve Education for 400 Children on Idjwi Island
Improve Education for 400 Children on Idjwi Island
Improve Education for 400 Children on Idjwi Island

Earlier this month a huge class of 500 children started the new school year at the Buhumba primary school on Idjwi Island.  There are 258 girls and 242 boys between 1st and 6th grades.  

It has been an eventful few months on Idjwi Island.  The isolated nature of the island, and some basic precautions, have provided a degree of protection during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The community and kids, however, continue to struggle with neglected tropical diseases such as malaria, trachoma, and schistosomiasis, as well as common conditions such as malnutrition.  Once again, we have coordinated a visit from our global health pediatrician and local medical team.  In the middle of September they spent several days at the school providing medical examinations and treatment for hundreds of children.  This was a very important visit because the cost and scarcity of key medicines on the mainland have complicated these efforts.

The robust enrollment at the school presents a different set of challenges.  Although we are thrilled with the impressive school building and administrative offices that we have constructed, we are conducting a needs assessment and analysis of options to continue to expand the school complex, and expect to have some plans in the near future.

As always, we greatly appreciate the continued support from the GlobalGiving community!

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Greetings from Idjwi Island!  There is much to report from the primary school in Buhumba Village.  

We have approximately 450 students at the school this term.  We anticipate an increased enrollment next fall and are looking into ways to accommodate additional students.  This fall, the school was chosen as a regional site for the national primary school exam.  This is the first time that the school has been selected for this important examination.  

Covid-19 continues to be a concern. Although vaccine distribution has been very limited, medical checks are conducted at the main port near the school, mask usage is good, and we maintain a handwashing station at the school.

The Idjwi Island Education Fund continues to support the students.  Our local medical staff provides check ups and medicines. We are also completing additions to the administrative building, which houses the medical clinic. 

We appreciate the generous contributions from our many supporters and ask that you remember the fund this year on Giving Tuesday and as many of you make year end contributions.

Medical check up
Medical check up
Construction at Administrative Building
Construction at Administrative Building
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Greetings from Idjwi Island!  

These photos are from a medical mission in April when our local medical professionals visited the Buhumba primary school to examine and treat hundreds of children.  A significant number of the children suffer from malaria, intestinal parasites, malnutrition, and other conditions that are prevalent in the region.  Our medical team, doctor Samy and nurse Faida, purchase anti-malarial and other medicines in Bukavu (a city on the southern tip of Lake Kuvu) and bring them by boat to the village to examine and treat the children.  They also visited a local community on a tiny adjacent island to treat children there.  

Our recent construction projects have helped facilitate more regular medical visits.  The recently-constructed administrative building includes a nurse's station with storage for necessary medicines and supplies.  We plan to continue with these regular medical missions to support the children's overall health and ability to learn.

The generous support from our GlobalGiving community helps make this possible.  Thank you!

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Greetings from Idjwi Island!!!

The kids are thrilled to observe the construction of the new administrative building at the primary school in Buhumba Village. This new building also will be the home to our health care program, which provides regular check ups from our health care team.  Construction should be finished within a few days, and will complete our initial construction plans with the classroom building, latrines, and the administrative building.  We still have big plans to support the growing student population and the school staff in the Buhumba Community.

Please join us on #GivingTuesday to support these delightful children with a donation, which will be matched as part of the #GivingTuesday campaign.

As always, we are grateful for our many donors who have been so generous in supporting the children on Idjwi Island.

Construction is nearly complete
Construction is nearly complete
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Greetings from Buhumba Village in Idjwi Island!   We are pleased to report that the kids have returned to school with precautions in place to provide protection from the coronavirus. 

Idjwi Island has been fortunate in that, to date, there have not been recorded cases of the coronavirus.  This may be one benefit of being able to limit transportation to and from the island.  In late August, the sixth grade students took their final year exams.

The elementary school students returned to class in October.  The Idjwi Island Education Fund is supporting the efforts of the Buhumba primary school to protect the children and their families during this return to school.  The fund is providing hundreds of masks for the children and staff at the school. These masks are being made by the island's vibrant community of tailors.  In addition, the well water that we brought to the school in 2019 allows for regular hand washing.  The large windows in the school can be opened to provide good ventilation.

We continue to work to provide regular access to health care for the children.  Malaria, malnutrition, and neglected tropical diseases continue to be a challenge.  Earlier this month, our health care team, led by a local nurse, visited the school to conduct tests and provide medicines.  

Finally, we are thrilled to report that we have started construction of the administrative building at the school.  This building will support our health care program with dedicated space for the clinic and protected storage for medicines.  In light of the coronavirus, we have enhanced the project with an expanded waiting area that will allow for physical distancing.  

Please stay tuned for more news about the new construction, facilities, and programs that will support the children at the school!

Sixth grade students prior to their exams
Sixth grade students prior to their exams
A tailor on Idjwi Island
A tailor on Idjwi Island
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Idjwi Island Education Fund

Location: Washington, DC - USA
Project Leader:
David Folds
Washington, DC United States
$81,771 raised of $90,000 goal
547 donations
$8,229 to go
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