Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.

by PygmySurvival Alliance
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Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
Build a preschool for 100 Batwa Children.
2023 moves PSA into a new year and we are making the decision on how to deal with the problem of sewer sanitation for the village and for the new Amakondera preschool project. The pit toilets throughout the village are full and unusable. We are putting in composting toilets as a learning process for designing the Amakondera preschool project and solving the ongoing problem of sewer sanitation in the community.
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Hello PSA donors and followers. This GlobalGiving update Report is different. This Report is about research done by Rui Diogo and his team, who have presented us with his Video of the Batwa Pygmy current situation and how they got here. It is an excellent brief history and synopsis of who they are in today's world. 
AZIMUTH WORLD FOUNDATION
Presents 
Connecting the Dots 
With Josefa Cariño Tauli
Video link -  55 minutes 
In July of 2022, Rui Diogo and his team toured East-Central Africa. 
They contacted Pygmy Survival Alliance, and we guided them to Cyaruzinge Village. As they were researching the Indigenous people of Africa, The community of Batwa in Cyaruzinge was the perfect group of people to interview and observe. The video is an excellent presentation of who the Pygmies were and are. 
Thank you Azimuh World Foundation, Rui Diogo, and his team for such a clear picture of what happened in the history of the Batwa people and who they are today. 
Near the closing of the video, Rui mentions PSA work and HDI’s contributions to the people who were left behind in history. 
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Young Woman listening to speaker.
Young Woman listening to speaker.

Research is being done on the infrastructure needed to begin the building of the New Amakondara Preschool. Sanitation is the focus at the moment, deciding which method will be the best for the sustainability of the school.

Soccer continues on Saturdays. The children have received new uniforms and soccer balls so they can compete in the local events

Large accomplishments have happened recently.  The Multipurpose building is being built, expecting to move in before the first of 2023. The regulations for building in Rwanda changed this year, making it a long process getting the building permit, finally, the community has been able to build. The bricks are installed, the metal roof is on and the internal furnishings will hopefully be done in December.  PSA will be taking part in GlobalGiving on Giving Tuesday, November 29.  

The teachers will divide the children into three groups to have more manageable numbers of preschoolers. 130 children are now attending Irerero, and the multipurpose building will allow the community to have space to move forward in feeding the 35 children who are  6-month-olds to 3-year-old.

Computer training for the Irerero teachers is taught in the evenings. Cartoons are shown to the children two evenings a week in the preschool, music, and dance are enjoyed one or two nights a week by the children and young teens. Everyone is looking forward to the new multi-purpose room being completed so more than one activity can be offered every day. Giving the community opportunities for growth, classes, and fun entertainment in the evenings. 

SHARE, a monthly ongoing program has begun in the village teaching family planning to teen mothers and young women. 

Vocational education continues. The young women who completed the hairdressing internship can support themselves working in the Kigali salon. They also are teaching other women the basics at the salon in the Cyaruzinge village. The sewing internships are working well, they are being taught more skills in cutting out patterns and sewing a larger number of clothing pieces. 

The women dancing groups performed in churches, and parties for practice and to improve their ability to entertain. Hoping they will get more paying requests as they are more known for their abilities in the surrounding communities. Two professional Rwandan dance teachers are now coming to the community and teaching more dances. This is very exciting to the community, as they are happy when they dance and sing, and they do music because they are happy, creating more social cohesiveness. 

Cartoon time at the Cyaruzinge Village
Cartoon time at the Cyaruzinge Village
November 2022 Newsletter
November 2022 Newsletter

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PSA is happy to provide this report on all our projects about what is happening. Most of the projects are ongoing.  The major goal is to bring health and education so the people can choose their personal and collective way of living.

We have already built the porridge kitchen near the Irerero school, and it is working out very well.  The children aged three through six have been fed a porridge meal every school day since September.  We have now added thirty-four children aged six months to three years to the group being fed. This is a very exciting addition, and the mothers are so happy!  Feeding children is a very rewarding ongoing project.

Our newest project is building a multi-purpose room located next to the main Irerero classroom and be used as a nursery school classroom in the mornings.  In the afternoons and evenings, it will be used for meetings and other activities, like music and dance rehearsals.  The bricks are made, have dried in the sun, the sector has approved the plans and the community is prepared to build the room this month.  

The Irerero Nursery School is two classrooms and an office/storage room.  The building is less than 1000 square feet with over a hundred 3-6-year-olds attending.  The main classroom is used for many business and cultural meetings and classes after regular school hours.

The 75 books from the collection done in Seattle for nursery school children was greeted with children picking a book and going to the classroom to enjoy sitting and sharing.

There is a great need to build an Early Childhood Development Center.  When we started the ask, we thought we would eventually grow to have 100 students. The community and the architect are reassessing the number of students the facility will support.  In June a team of three volunteers went to Cyaruzinge to move forward with the plans for the Early Childhood Development and Cultural Center: Yuya the architect from Japan, and Eddy, a dedicated Rwandan PSA member from the beginning of PSA, to help with the culture and language, and Perrilee a USA team member, working with Claude the Field Manager for HDI and PSA.  Many lessons were learned, and plans materialized.  Everyone is excited to have this project moving forward. We have been working on this for several years.  PSA and HDI have purchased a hectare of land, had it surveyed, and have begun accumulating ideas.

 Vocational Education is ongoing; the task ahead of us is basic as there are many young people wanting to attend classes to secure a craft. As the number of successes of graduates of training programs steadily increases, the trade schools are more welcoming of the Batwa. As the number of students admitted increases, the funding and scholarships increase from government and private donors.

Much like in the USA, many trades and professions require licensing that requires a minimum amount of training and experience.  This is the case for welders, masons, and hair care providers.  Two women who finished the classes on hair care have started their internship working in a salon where they can be certified; this will increase their ability to make a fair wage. Internship  

Supplying soccer teams with uniforms and balls is an ongoing project.  The rocky ground is hard on the balls and new players who want to join will need uniforms. 

Covid is taking a break in Rwanda, with no new COVID cases; the country is open to competing teams and the children are busy practicing and playing Football (Soccer to us here in the USA).

Solar Power Street light at Cyaruzinge
Solar Power Street light at Cyaruzinge
Computer lesson
Computer lesson
Sewing on newly acquired machine
Sewing on newly acquired machine
Micro- loan Distribution
Micro- loan Distribution
Practicing Football for Competition
Practicing Football for Competition
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Football practice, getting ready for competition
Football practice, getting ready for competition

 

PSA is happy to provide this report on all our projects about what is happening. Most of the projects are ongoing.  The major goal is to bring health and education so the people can choose their personal and collective way of living.

The Irerero Nursery School is two classrooms and an office/storage room.  The building is less than 1000 square feet with over a hundred 3-6-year-olds attending.  The main classroom is used for many business and cultural meetings and classes after regular school hours.

There is a great need to build an Early Childhood Development Center.  When we started the ask, we thought we would eventually grow to have 100 students. The community and the architect are reassessing the number of students the facility will support.  In June a team of three volunteers went to Cyaruzinge to move forward with the plans for the Early Childhood Development and Cultural Center: Yuya the architect from Japan, and Eddy, a dedicated Rwandan PSA member from the beginning of PSA, to help with the culture and language, and Perrilee a USA team member, working with Claude the Field Manager for HDI and PSA.  Many lessons were learned, and plans materialized.  Everyone is excited to have this project moving forward. We have been working on this for several years.  PSA and HDI have purchased a hectare of land, had it surveyed, and have begun the process of accumulating the ideas.

 

Our newest project is building a multi-purpose room located next to the main Irerero classroom and be used as a nursery school classroom in the mornings.  In the afternoons and evenings, it will be used for meetings and other activities, like music and dance rehearsals.  The bricks are made, have dried in the sun, the sector has approved the plans and the community is prepared to build the room this month.  

We have already built the porridge kitchen near the Irerero school, and it is working out very well.  The children aged three through six have been fed a porridge meal every school day since September.  We have now added thirty-four children aged six months to three years to the group being fed. This is a very exciting addition, and the mothers are so happy!  Feeding children is a very rewarding ongoing project.

The 75 books from the collection done in Seattle for nursery school children was greeted with children picking a book and going to the classroom to enjoy sitting and sharing.

 Vocational Education is ongoing; the task ahead of us is basic as there are many young people wanting to attend classes to secure a craft. As the number of successes of graduates of training programs steadily increases, the trade schools are more welcoming of the Batwa. As the number of students admitted increases, the funding and scholarships increase from both government and private donors.

Much like in the USA, many trades and professions require licensing that requires a minimum amount of training and experience.  This is the case for welders, masons, and hair care providers.  Two women who finished the classes on hair care have started their internship working in a salon where they can be certified; this will increase their ability to make a fair wage. Internship  

Supplying soccer teams with uniforms and balls is an ongoing project.  The rocky ground is hard on the balls and new players who want to join will need uniforms. 

Covid is taking a break in Rwanda, with no new COVID cases; the country is open to competing teams and the children are busy practicing and playing Football (Soccer to us here in the USA).

PSA and HDI Cyaruzinge Team meeting
PSA and HDI Cyaruzinge Team meeting
Young Woman Sewing
Young Woman Sewing
Street Light in Cyaruzinge Village
Street Light in Cyaruzinge Village
Micro-loan distribution
Micro-loan distribution
Computer instruction
Computer instruction
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Street light in the Commons
Street light in the Commons

PSA is happy to provide this report on all our projects about what is happening. Most of the projects are ongoing.  The major goal is to bring health and education so the people can choose their personal and collective way of living.

Our newest project is building a multi-purpose room located next to the main Irerero classroom and be used as a nursery school classroom in the mornings.  In the afternoons and evenings, it will be used for meetings and other activities, like music and dance rehearsals.  The bricks are made, have dried in the sun, the sector has approved the plans and the community is prepared to build the room this month.  

The Irerero Nursery School is two classrooms and an office/storage room.  The building is less than 1000 square feet with over a hundred 3-6-year-olds attending.  The main classroom is used for many business and cultural meetings and classes after regular school hours.

We have already built the porridge kitchen near the Irerero school, and it is working out very well.  The children aged three through six have been fed a porridge meal every school day since September.  We have now added thirty-four children aged six months to three years to the group being fed. This is a very exciting addition, and the mothers are so happy!  Feeding children is a very rewarding ongoing project.

The 75 books from the collection were done in Seattle for nursery school children were greeted with children picking a book and going to the classroom to enjoy sitting and sharing.

There is a great need to build an Early Childhood Development Center.  When we started the ask, we thought we would eventually grow to have 100 students. The community and the architect are reassessing the number of students the facility will support.  In June a team of three volunteers went to Cyaruzinge to move forward with the plans for the Early Childhood Development and Cultural Center: Yuya the architect from Japan, and Eddy, a dedicated Rwandan PSA member from the beginning of PSA, to help with the culture and language, and Perrilee a USA team member, working with Claude the Field Manager for HDI and PSA.  Many lessons were learned, and plans materialized.  Everyone is excited to have this project moving forward. We have been working on this for several years.  PSA and HDI have purchased a hectare of land, had it surveyed, and have begun accumulating ideas.

 Vocational Education is ongoing; the task ahead of us is basic as there are many young people wanting to attend classes to secure a craft. As the number of successes of graduates of training programs steadily increases, the trade schools are more welcoming of the Batwa. As the number of admitted students increases, the funding and scholarships increase from government and private donors.

Much like in the USA, many trades and professions require licensing that requires a minimum amount of training and experience.  This is the case for welders, masons, and hair care providers.  Two women who finished the classes on hair care have started their internship working in a salon where they can be certified; this will increase their ability to make a fair wage. Internship  

Supplying soccer teams with uniforms and balls is an ongoing project.  The rocky ground is hard on the balls and new players who want to join will need uniforms. 

Covid is taking a break in Rwanda, with no new COVID cases; the country is open to competing teams and the children are busy practicing and playing Football (Soccer to us here in the USA).

Computer Lesson
Computer Lesson
HDI and PSA Cyaruzinge Team meeting
HDI and PSA Cyaruzinge Team meeting
Women sewing on newly acquired machines.
Women sewing on newly acquired machines.
Micro-loan Distribution
Micro-loan Distribution
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