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School Partners Report 2023

GIKONKO, Butare, Rwanda

Whilst visiting Gikonko School in July 22, we saw this amazing building being built. Now finished, they needed a water tank to service the new dining room and kitchen.

They also used funds to buy seeds and potato slips to grow food for the school lunches.

Thank you for your valuable donations which have enabled these much needed school improvements.


ST PETER'S SCHOOL, Shyogwe, Rwanda

In 2023, St Peter's School chose to use their April School Partner funds to build and improve a storeroom for the vocational training tools used. The work was carried out by the trainees and was a great learning experience for them. We saw the former "room" in July 2022 and it was little more than a broom cupboard so the space will be well used and very welcome.

From the October funds, they purchased more musical equipment. Until now they have had to borrow items from the community to supplement their equipment for performances.



The King Salomon Acedemy in Byumba used their school partner funds to give school uniforms, sports kits and school equipment to 4 of their most needy pupils, allowing them to feel the same as other pupils at the school. Surplus funds were used to equip the girls room with sanitary pads, soap and other useful items for those who come to school unprepared.



In 2023 the Ministry of Education in Rwanda insisted that all schools should use aluminium utensils in their kitchens and dining halls. Kibungo only had plastic items and were very grateful to be able to comply with the new regulations, through support from the school partners fund. Anastase, the Headmaster, said

"When we used items made out of plastic, we used so much money as the materials were broken easily but now, the new materials we gained will help us to save money and to be protected against diseases".



ALS Have used their school partners funds to supplement their food and basic needs. The rising costs of these items, as well as increasing medicine costs, has left them with no option but to use these funds to keep the children fed and healthy. This particular project is in dire need of increased regular support, a priority for CHI. The children living at ALS have no outside support and as a result they depend 100% on the school for accommodation, education, food and medication.



The school partners funds for Kijjabwemi were used to buy maize flour for porridge for the most vulnerable students in the school, whose guardians are unable to pay for their school lunches. The school had planted for the season but the weather had not been favourable and crops failed.

Patrick said "Its unfortunate that the government does not control the export of food grains for food security in the country, just one hit of dry season and prices on basic needs, especially food supplies, rises rapidly."

"Life," said Patrick "is the important thing".

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