GASUNDWE VILLAGE SCHOOL
|Help me to hold their hand into the future|
Before I went to Rwanda, the only thing I knew about the country was that there had been a horrific event in 1994 when almost 1,000.000 people were killed and many more injured or displaced. This is what most people will recall if I talk about Rwanda, they do not know about the wonderful community of people who make up the Rwanda of today. People who have survived the unimaginable, who have found human resources that we can only dream of. This is a people and a country which was reduced to nothing. Everything was destroyed – lives, communities, schools, hospitals, water systems, administrative systems, records, desks, chairs, homes, crops etc, etc. The country was almost emptied of people, fleeing either violence or retribution.
The story of Rwanda’s continuing recovery and development is one of the most amazing of our time. However, this recovery has mainly taken place in the capital city of Kigali and in other towns around the country. The fact is that the majority of the population live in the rural areas, some of which are very isolated from lines of communication and therefore have very limited access to essential services such as water, health and education.
Just before I left England in January 2011, for my placement with VSO, my friend, Fidele, who lived in my home town in the UK but who originated from Rwanda discovered that some of his family were still alive and had returned to their village in a remote area of Rwanda. Basically, he jumped on a plane as soon as he could and went to find out if the rumours were true. They were! We can only imagine the joy experienced by the survivors in that family. When Fidele returned to England and discovered that I would be going to Rwanda for two years we were both very excited at the possibilities that could open up. Whilst I prepared to take up my two year placement as Education Leadership Advisor with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), Fidele planned a further trip so that his wife could meet his family and friends. That was the beginning of an exciting venture. I am creating a new blog to show the origins and development of the project and the story so far. Readers of my VSO blog will know about the exciting journeys and challenges I have faced during my involvement with the village.
THE VILLAGE PROJECT
There are places for 60 children in our school. My monthly commitment amounts to £250, which pays for a meal for every child every school day, the Welfare assistant’s salary and the teacher’s salary. If I can find 25 people to commit £10 per month or 50 people to commit £5 per month I will be able to continue supporting the village in this way. Many of my friends and family have asked me about the village and have expressed an interest in helping. Please set up a standing order using the following information. A £5 or a £10 regular payment would be wonderful. I will send you a photo and information about the child you are sponsoring and help you to communicate with them and with the teacher, Gabriel.
For bank account details please send me a message or comment.
Thankyou for reading so far… much love and appreciation.
Tricia Atherton. (firstname.lastname@example.org)