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

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
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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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The Idjwi Island Education Fund is finalizing plans and the schedule for the construction of the entire school this summer.  We have the drawings, our contractor (who has delivered on time and on budget with prior work), and the support of the school community.  With some hard work, we can have the new school ready for the students for the fall term in September.  The 350 kids at the Buhumba Primary School will be thrilled.

We can take a major step in that direction during today's Global Giving Bonus Day.  There are $75,000 in matching funds available, and all donations made today through Global Giving will receive a match.  

Through the generosity of our supporters like you, we are very close to our funding requirement to build the classroom building.  If you can provide additional support today, the Bonus Day match will help us to get even closer to finishing the entire construction effort.

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The students at l'Ecole Buhumba are excited for 2016!

We are finalizing plans are raising funds to complete construction of the primary school in Buhumba Village this summer! We have obtained detailed plans, a final budget, and the construction schedule from our contractor.  As with the construction of the stone foundation for the school last year, we plan to hire local workers and source local supplies, while bringing additional supplies by boat from Goma.  Weather permitting, the construction should take about 3-4 months.    

If we can raise $15,000 in the next three months, we will be able to complete construction of the new classrooms for the school before the fall term begins in September.  If we can raise $35,000, we can complete the entire compound, including the administrative building and latrines. We can only finish the school if we raise the additional funds that are needed for construction.  We will be launching a new fundraising campaign in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, we are busy improving our ongoing programs at the school, including the Bustani sustainable garden project. We are consulting with medical professionals to design a public health program for the school, which we anticipate launching later this year.

As always, these programs are only possible through the generous contributions of our supporters.  We greatly appreciate the support from hundreds of individual donors, along with foundations and corporations that have supported our programs.    

Thank you for all that you have done to help the students at l'Ecole Buhumba!

Idjwi School kids thank you for your support
Idjwi School kids thank you for your support
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Dr. Sparrow examines a student
Dr. Sparrow examines a student

We brought a doctor to Idjwi to meet the kids! This was a really big deal, because most of the kids in Buhumba Village have never seen a doctor, and their health is generally poor. Many kids have repeated cases of malaria, intestinal worms or other conditions that make them feel sick. Sick kids can't get to school, but more often can't perform well because they don't realize that they are sick. As we are trying to improve all aspects of their education, I was delighted that we could bring Dr. Sparrow as a special addition to our summer camp trip in August, and she was welcomed warmly by the kids and the whole community. 

Dr. Annie Sparrow is an extraordinary lady who is also a pediatrician and global health specialist who has treated children in Somalia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and many other countries. She came to Buhumba to see the kids and to evaluate their general health. Dr. Sparrow performed some basic tests to identify cases of neglected tropical diseases.  She brought some medicines that could help kids right away, such as treatment to remove intestinal worms. She came mostly to observe, and left with an intense desire to make a difference, to come back herself, and to help us to create a more permanent program to improve their future.

The Fund is currently working with Dr. Sparrow and other public health professionals to design and implement a program to provide much-needed primary and preventive health care for the children of Buhumba Village. Dr. Sparrow's initial visit was a very important first step. 

We appreciate your continued support that allows us to provide this type of program for the kids on Idjwi.  We will be excited to keep all of our friends and supporters updated about our efforts to improve their overall well being .  

The school director greets Dr. Sparrow
The school director greets Dr. Sparrow
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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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