The Rwanda School Project’s mission is to provide high quality secondary education in Rwanda. We opened the Rwamagana Leaders’ School in 2010 to offer a secure and nurturing school environment that transforms vulnerable youth into future leaders and problem solvers who champion environmental sustainability and social change.
Our planned opening for September has been delayed once again, but we look forward to reopening as soon as it is safe. When school opens, we will be taking the temperature of all who come to our campus and we have installed large hand washing stations to ensure the use of soap and clean water for frequent hand washing. We have also installed hand sanitizers in the cafeteria and every classroom, lab, and restroom. With the safety of students and faculty foremost on our minds, the important safety procedures we implement go far beyond what is required by the government. We will open with boarding temporarily required for all our students. In that way, we will limit our student’s contact with members of the community. This boarding policy will be a hardship for the families of our 31 day students, many of whom cannot afford the cost of boarding paid by our 151 boarding students. We are seeking additional sponsorships for our students so that we do not need to turn away any students. Would you consider sponsoring a student? Full sponsorship is $160//mo with half or quarter sponsorships available.
Our teachers and staff are waiting to bring our school back to life.
In 2019, five from our first graduating class graduated from Kepler University. One of those graduates, Amani Simbayobewe, founded Rukundo, a nonprofit to “provide resources and support for the street children of Kigali to help them leave behind street life, return to school, and receive the education that will allow them to contribute to society and achieve their dreams.”
Other graduates have been empowered in other ways. Mucyo Pacifique (2017) received a four-year scholarship to the University of Nebraska with the commitment to work for at least five years after graduation to advance the agricultural sector in Rwanda. Ornella Irakoze (2015) founded the IF Foundation to support sustainable community development for single mothers, female Genocide survivors, and families. “I learned a lot in life and I feel like it is my time to give back.”
Food distribution from Rwamagana Campus due to COVID-19 shutdown.
On March 14, 2020 our campus received notification that our school needed to close as part of a nationwide shutdown in Rwanda due to the coronavirus. Since most in Rwanda live month-to-month with no savings, life seems impossible to many. After seeing that our students got home safely, we needed to help beyond the walls of our school building. First, we decided to continue the salaries of our teachers and staff, even though our income from tuition has ceased. Second, we donated $1,000 to help with government food distribution. Third, we prepared food bags to 45 families that stay in our school neighborhood. The need is huge, but resources are limited. The list in our school’s neighborhood has over 1,000 families with more than four members. “We are grateful for the quick response to our generous donors who have stood with us before and during this pandemic and above all to God who enables all of us to do what we do with smiles, love, and compassion.”
—Moses Ssenyonjo, Program Director