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

Our annual trip to Muko School this October/November was once again a great success!

The replacement of the windows and doors in the “old” classroom block went ahead as planned, allowing a lot more light and ventilation into these otherwise hot and dimly lit rooms; although the floors are still mud and the walls are unplastered, they are a great improvement. Further outside concrete footpaths have been laid, meaning that nearly all classrooms are linked and the children no longer need to walk in mud to get from class to class. Fourteen classrooms where cleaned and repainted, windows and doors repaired.

All of the above work was carried out with up to 28 local men and women employed for about three weeks.

Unfortunately, on this visit, there was insufficient money to purchase further water tanks; it was also disappointing to see that through lack of funds the tanks purchased last year have not been piped in, still allowing that daily rainwater to go to waste. The long-drop toilets are still a major problem with one of the soak away pits being full, rendering six toilets out of action as the School does not have either the amenities or the money to have it emptied. Work has started on a new ten cubicle block, which (funds permitting) might be completed early next year.

The new nursery has had a few teething problems, but with the determination of Izzy and the committee it should be running smoothly for 2014 with 30 infants attending each receiving daily porridge and lunch. Funding the nursery is still an ongoing issue.

Maintenance work continues on the school - it might be hot and slow and often frustrating, but the improvements can be seen to making a difference, and are appreciated by the local people and children.

Volunteers continue pay their own expenses but money is always needed to employ local labour and buy materials.

If you have in the past made a donation to this very worthy project, I thank you. Your continued support is always needed! But a little goes a long way in Africa...      

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Another year has passed and it is time for a small team to return to Muko School to continue with some maintenance work. Through negations with Immaculee the Headmistress, the main project this visit is to place some windows and doors in the “holes” of the oldest classrooms to allow some light and ventilation in, and maybe make them a little cooler for the children to work in. Other painting and general repairing will also take place in as many rooms as we have the time for; most of this work will be carried out by local men and women from the village who would otherwise be unemployed.

Storing the rainwater that falls daily at this time of the year is an on-going problem, there are intentions of installing at least two further large water tanks on this visit.

The new nursery that has been set up, with the help of Izzy and Immaculee, is continuing to be a great success with over 40 infants now attending daily, with porridge and lunch supplied by local women. The long-term ideal is to get the nursery self-funding by the local parents with, maybe some help from the government.

We have achieved a lot and seen much success in the last four years at this School. Sometimes the work is hot it and can at times be frustrating, but it can be only continued by the dedication of all involved. Volunteers pay their own expenses but money is always needed for local labour, materials, and the running/upkeep of the nursery.

If you have already donated to this project in the past we thank you; if you can continue to do so it will be very much appreciated, so that we may help these very under privileged children out of their present poverty.

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Much progress has been made with the Nursery over the last couple of months - it is now running on a daily basis. There are now around thirty 3 to 5 year olds attending. They have mats to sleep on and are provided with a daily breakfast of porridge, and a meal of rice, beans, and vegetables. A lot of the credit for this success has to go to Izzy one of our volunteers and the Immaculee the school headmistress who between them have overcome the financial and Local Government problems that faced them.

Plans are underway for windows and doors to be placed in the holes that presently exist in the oldest classroom block. With the help of local labour, of whom 28 were employed last year, it might also be possible to lay concrete floors and plaster the walls when we return in October / November 2013.

There is also work to be carried out on the long-drop waterless toilets and there is still a need for more water tanks to be purchased and installed enabling the children to access clean water.

Improvements are slowly taking place in this ever-expanding School, the work is hot and often difficult but the appreciation is apparent not only from the children and the teachers at the School also the local government and
officials who usually pay us weekly visits.

Although our volunteers’ expenses are met by themselves, all this work is only made possible by people kind enough to make donations, allowing us to continue helping at this school. We hope for these very under privileged children that this in turn may give them a better education.

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Izzy (one of our volunteers) has, with a lot of help and negotiating from the head mistress, got the local government on side and made much progress on the nursery. It has now got two dedicated classrooms and allows children from the age of 3 to 5 years to attend at no cost to the parents. In turn this is allowing the mothers to try and earn a little money where possible.

We were delighted to learn that one of the teachers at the school who attends college at the weekends (funded through one of our supporters), had been awarded student of the year in 2012 and was presented with a cow. This and the fact that the school obtained the highest overall exam results in the district, shows that real progress is being made!

There are now 2800 children at the School in 31 very hot and cramped classrooms, being taught by only 29 teachers in two sittings per day. Very difficult conditions.

Progress is made possible by people kind enough to give their time and donate a little money to help these under privileged children to try and get some form of education. If you have done so I thank you!  

It is hoped that at least two more volunteers will be returning to the school next October/November to continue with work on the classrooms and toilets. Plans for refurbishing the oldest rooms are going ahead to lay floors and place new windows in the existing holes. More water tanks are still a great necessity to stop rainfall going to waste. And teaching English to teachers and students is still a great priority.

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We were just two volunteers returning to Muko School in October 2012, but by employing up to 28 local men and women in the three weeks that we spent there, we managed to carry out a lot of essential maintenance work.

Much progress has been made on the Nursery with the children having a new block of three classrooms including a dormitory and even a small playground to themselves.

Work is hot, arduous and slow at the school, which incidentally was hit by some of the worst flooding ever seen in this area just before our arrival this year.

We are slowly seeing some improvements but more help is needed is continue with this project - not only with the maintenance work but also with the teaching of English so that the students may have a better chance of a career later in life.  

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