The Fund plans to build a new primary school with sufficient space and necessary supplies to educate 400 underserved children in Buhumba village on Idjwi Island in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Years of violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Rwanda has resulted in a substantial influx of refugees, including many orphans, to Idjwi Island in Lake Kivu between the two countries. The existing primary school in Buhumba has just four small rooms for 400 children, few supplies, and a roof and walls that leak when it rains, forcing the school to close. Although many international organizations are active in Eastern Congo, there is virtually no support for the Idjwi community.
We are constructing a new school on donated land to provide adequate facilities for these children to learn. The new school will reduce overcrowding and provide additional resources, such as desks and teaching materials, to facilitate improved education for the students. In addition, construction will provide much-needed jobs for suppliers and laborers on the island.
An improved primary school environment will equip children with the knowledge and tools that they need to improve their own lives and that of their community. Building a new primary school in Buhumba village is an investment that will provide returns both for the hundreds of children who will attend this school and for the larger community on Idjwi.
The school no longer responds to the needs of the students, the proof being that when it rains, the students are forced to return home. The roof and the walls are in a bad state and allow water leaks. - Mr. Klishe Jauda, Director, Buhumba School
Total Funding Received to Date: $11,737
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $18,262
Total Funding Goal: $30,000
Project Id: #8577
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