PMI Supported School in Butembo
Pro-Microfinance is delighted to announce the expansion of its Rotating Loans for Affordable Private Schools Programme. The program was developed in coordination with Solidarite International pour l’Education et le Developpement International (Solidarity for Educcation and development ,SIED), a local organization increasing access to primary education for over 15 years. With the generous support of the Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation, the program will expand to serve two more schools.
The conflict in Congo has claimed 70% of schools in the North Kivu province – looted, torn down or destroyed as the fighting spread across the country. With almost no financial means to invest in education, health care, or other social services, parents are solely responsible for the costs of their children’s education – including teachers’ salaries and construction of school buildings. Amongst many challenges, dilapidated classrooms are overcrowded and schools lack decent teaching material as well as adequately educated staff. Now, with a fragile peace in place, children are going back to school, even when ‘school’ is little more than four crumbling walls, covered by a thatch roof, with tree stumps for tables and chairs.
PMI DR Congo has created a unique program called Revolving Loans for Affordable private Schools which aims to improve school infrastructure in the North Kivu province, one of the two provinces mostly affected by the war. The project will target primary schools, with students ranging from ages 6 to 14 years old. The project will directly impact children who will be studying in improved classrooms following the disbursement of the loans. This impact will spread to over a hundred new children every year as at least two new classrooms are built once previous loans are repaid by the schools through moderate tuition fees.
Thank you for your continued support for the women, families, and children who will benefit from this critical program. PMI's success is truly a result of you. We invite all interested readers to continue to support PMI’s work through donating through Paypal. Donating regularly on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis is one of the very best ways in which an individual can support Pro-Microfinance’s work.
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