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

Project Report | Oct 18, 2019
Returning to Bugarama

By Mike Haden | Chairman, Jersey branch of Hands Around The World

The old school kitchen at Kibangira
The old school kitchen at Kibangira

In two weeks’ time, our team of volunteers will be setting out for a month’s visit to Rwanda. Already preparatory work has started on the foundations for the new kitchen at Kibangira and next week work will begin on plastering walls, erecting doors and windows and laying a new floor three classrooms at Ryankana School, ready for our arrival there. We will be painting the classrooms here and in other schools working with a local team, helping to improve teaching and learning conditions.

This is a time of great expansion for schools in Rwanda. The government has established basic nine years of education for all and is now focused on bringing down class sizes – which can be 80/90 children in a class – and phasing out the double-shift system in primary schools whereby younger pupils only receive half a day’s teaching and make way at midday for others to come in for their turn.

There is a desperate need for additional classrooms, and with our three-year construction plans and generous funding from Jersey Overseas Aid, we are doing our bit to assist with this programme. Our main construction project this year, which will add six new classrooms on top of existing classrooms at Muko School, is underway after months of planning. The tender document has been advertised and one of our tasks when we get there will be to sit down with the local management committee and select the best building company for the job.

At the same time, we see the need to improve what is already there. The classrooms we are renovating are some of the original buildings at Ryankana and their current state is dark and dingy. The new windows and doors will transform the rooms, bringing in new light.

Our volunteers have worked hard over the past few months to raise money in Jersey and Bristol for pay for this renovation work – and Jersey Overseas Aid has matched our total up to £10,000.

We have been visiting Bugarama now for ten years and seen tremendous development and improvement in all the schools. It’s exciting to be part of this and to return to meet old friends. In our next post, we will tell you how we get on there.

Renovating classrooms
Renovating classrooms
Dingy old classrooms at Ryankana
Dingy old classrooms at Ryankana

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HANDS AROUND THE WORLD

Location: MONMOUTH, MONMOUTHSHIRE - United Kingdom
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Michael Haden
Jersey , Channel Islands United Kingdom

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