Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty

by HANDS AROUND THE WORLD
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Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
Helping Rwandan Children out of Poverty
The Mayor of Rusizi opens new Muko classrooms
The Mayor of Rusizi opens new Muko classrooms

On our first visit to Muko School in 2010 it was in quite a sorry state, since that time there have been vast improvements. There are now 32 classrooms to accommodate the 3200 pupils; but as 2200 juniors are only able to attend for a half day, clearly more classrooms are desperately needed. The other 1000 senior students benefit from the simple, charcoal-burning, but functional kitchens that we helped build two years ago. This enables them to receive a daily lunch of rice and beans.

Once again this November a small team of volunteers will be returning to continue with the maintenance that is essential to keep this school going. It is planned to extend the kitchen and toilets; water storage tanks are also desperately needed.

The volunteers were once again working with a local labour force (up to twenty last year) providing work for them for a few weeks of the year when they otherwise would be unemployed. All products used on the school are purchased locally which is a boost to their economy.

It has taken three years to build and complete the perimeter wall which now not only protects the school from damage during out of hours, it also prevents damage from flooding during heavy rain. No damage has been reported during recent rainfall.

The English language teaching programme that we have been operating for the last three years was once again a great success in 2017, and it is hoped that if a suitable teacher is available this year it will continue.                         

Our volunteers pay all their own expenses including flights and accommodation. If you have in the past made a donation to this worthy cause, I thank you, no matter how small it may be (£2 will employ and feed a person for a day) but additional funds are always required to continue the work.

Many thanks for your interest and support!

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Some beautiful new toilets at Muko!
Some beautiful new toilets at Muko!

In November a small team of Hands Around The World volunteers left the UK to continue building, maintenance and teaching at Muko school in Bugarama, Southern Rwanda. 

The volunteers were once again working with a local labour force (up to 20) continuing to improve this ever-expanding school. There are now over 3000 students, two thirds of whom can only attend on a half-day basis due to lack of classrooms. The 1000 senior students who attend full-day classes now enjoy a basic daily lunch (rice and beans) since we were able to fund, build and equip the kitchens.

It has taken three years to build and complete the perimeter wall which now not only protects the school from getting damaged out of hours but also prevents damage from flooding. No damage was reported during last year’s heavy recent rainfall.

Priorities at the school were to build further much needed toilets (see picture). Finances allowed a block of 20 to be completed before the new term started in January 2018, and also installation of water tanks and cement floors of some classrooms that remained with mud floors. Two of these classrooms also had large windows fitted, allowing light and ventilation in, replacing old wooden shutters.  Along with general maintenance, this cost about £11,000 - our volunteers do their best to raise this money themselves but any donations are very welcome!

The English teaching programme we have been operating for the last three years was once again a great success.

Our volunteers pay all their own expenses including flights and accommodation. They work with a local labour force who may have no employment for the rest of the year; buying all materials locally is a boost for the local village economy.

If you have in the past made a donation to this very worthy cause, I thank you, but please note that additional funds are always required to continue with our work.

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Very soon a small group of volunteers will be heading off to Muko School in southern Rwanda to continue with the work that has made so much difference to the local children and community over the past seven years.

The volunteers will be once again be working with a local labour force continuing to improve this ever-expanding school which now has nearly 3000 students, two thirds of whom can only attend on a half day basis due to lack of classrooms. The 1000 senior students who do attend full day classes are now able to enjoy a basic daily lunch due to the completion of the kitchens we were able to build and equip with donations received two years ago.

It has taken three years to build and complete the perimeter wall which now not only protects the school from getting damaged during out of hours, but also prevents damage from flooding. No damage has been reported during this year’s heavy recent rainfall.

Priority at the school this year is to build further much-needed toilets (if finances allow, a block of 20 is intended), install water tanks and replace mud with cement in the floors of some classrooms. All this, along with general maintenance, will cost in the region of £11,000 and whilst our volunteers do their best to raise this money, extra donations are always very welcome!

Our volunteers pay all their own expenses including flights and accommodation and work with a local labour force, who may have no employment for the rest of the year - buying all materials locally is a boost for the local economy.

If you have in the past made a donation this worthy cause, I thank you, but more is always needed please.

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As mentioned in my last report, in November of this year there will be a small team of volunteers leaving the UK to continue the work at Muko School in Southern Rwanda. It is possible that once again one of the group will be a TEFL teacher, who will continue with the English teaching program that has proved so valuable in the past

The volunteers will be once again be working with a local labour force continuing to improve this ever-expanding school, which now has nearly 3000 students, two thirds of which can only attend on a half day basis due to lack of classrooms. The 1000 senior students that do attend full day classes are now able to enjoy a basic daily lunch due to the completion of the kitchen we were able to build and equip with donations received last year.

It has taken three years to build and complete the perimeter wall, which not only protects the School from getting damaged during out-of-school hours, it also prevents damage from flooding during heavy rain.

The priorities of the school this year are to build further toilets, install water tanks, and cement the floors of some classrooms with mud floors. All this along with general maintenance will cost in the region of £8000 and whilst our volunteers do their best to raise this money themselves any extra donations are always very welcome!

Our volunteers pay all their own expenses and work with a local labour force who may have no employment for the rest of the year; buying all materials locally is a boost for the local village economy.

If you have, in the past, made a donation to this very well worthy cause, I thank you. Don't give up on us now please, more is always needed!

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Muko School, Bugarama
Muko School, Bugarama

In November 2017 there will be a small team of volunteers leaving the UK to continue the building work at Muko School in Southern Rwanda. We also hope once again to secure the services of one or more English teachers in order to continue with the much needed lessons that are so popular with the local teachers from both this and other nearby schools.

The remaining volunteers along with a local labour force will continue with the very successful maintenance programme that has transformed this School for its ever growing population of pupils - now over 2900 in only 32 classrooms.

The kitchen block we raise the funds for has proved a great success, with all the full-time senior students receiving a daily meal of rice and beans. The now completed perimeter security wall keeps damage to a minimum, and the adjoining flood wall is also a success, diverting the heavy seasonal rains which otherwise were flooding classrooms and the grounds.

There is still much work to be completed - the school’s principals will once again be informing us of their priorities.

There are still a number of classrooms with mud floors which would benefit from being concreted. These classrooms have no windows, other than a hole in the wall which does not allow adequate ventilation. Larger windows would also benefit the 40 to 60 pupils who study in these rooms. More water catchment tanks are a necessity for washing hands after using the long drop toilets (which we have installed over the years).

Our volunteers work with local labourers who may have no employment for the rest of the year, and buy all materials locally, which is a boost for the local village economy. Whilst our volunteers spend time in the UK raising money for this project and pay all their own expenses, further finance is always required to continue with this project.

If you have, in the past, made a donation this very well worthy cause, I thank you.

Please continue your support and encourage your friends too! Every little helps...

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Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
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