Rwanda , officially the Republic of Rwanda, is situated in Central Africa and is one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Rwanda is in the African Great lakes region and is highly elevated; its geography is dominated by mountains in the west and Savannah to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country.
The population is young and predominantly rural, with a density among the highest in Africa. Rwandans are drawn from just one cultural and linguistic group, the Banyarwanda, although within this group there are three subgroups: the Hutu, Tutsi and Twa. Christianity is the largest religion in the country; the principal language is Kinyarwanda, spoken by most Rwandans, with English and French serving as additional official languages.
Sagapo Children’s Foundation is calling for support in order to raise funds and help buying computers for the children at the AHAZAZA Independent School of Rwanda. Ahazaza was founded with the initiative of a small group of people living in Muhanga in October 2005 to provide education of high quality to children coming from rural areas.
The school opened in January 2006 with only one primary class with 17 students, five of which from poor families were on scholarship. After that, the school built two classes, an office and some latrines. It has been legally registered as a non-profit organization recognized by the ministry of education in Rwanda.
Ahazaza computer laboratory has 26 very old computers. Out of these, 16 are old versions of HP desktops; the other 10 are laptops. Out of the 26 computers, 6 desktops and 5 laptops no longer work. This leaves only 15 old computers for the teachers and children to use to conduct computer lessons.
Today, the school has 439 students, 89 of which are on scholarship from poor families. The school recently opened a day care centre (1-2year olds).
Ahazaza’s scholarship programme since its inception has helped more than 300 poor children to access good education. Some of our first students have successfully been accepted in universities in Asia and Europe.
Bam Collective artists have joined forces with Sagapo and organise three consecutive painting and drawing workshops for the underprivileged children ( 8-11 years old ) of the 19th arrondissement in Paris during the month of April . Nils, Arthur, Philippe, Simone and Christina offered their skills and love to the children who attend afternoon classes at the PSG School “Rouge et Bleu” which is run by PSG. Amazing experience! Unique moments of love and sharing.
A Mega Thank you to all the volunteer artists of Bam Collective, but also to the amazing and smiling children who attended the workshops. A huge Thank you also to PSG for joining forces with Sagapo Children’s Foundation for a good cause.
We did it again ! 5 Km !
The joy of running a Marathon is unparalleled. It’s one of the few things in life where you get out what you put in. The thrill of finishing a goal is incomparable.
We are immensely grateful to all our friends and runners who participated yesterday at the Limassol Marathon fundraising for our cause.
A new exhibition comprising of more than 50 art works this time (paintings, sculptures and ceramics) was showcased from the 19th of February to the 1st of March 2019 at the City Hall of the 5th Arrondissement, 21 Place de Pantheon, fundraising for Sagapo Children’s Foundation.
A BIG thank you to all the BAM Collective artists, Philippe Torrecilla, Martine Pierson, Peter Knox, Angelina Guez- Assa, Arthur Dujols-Luquet, Nils Desmoulins and Christina Drakos for their sensitivity and support to SAGAPO for a third consecutive time.
We are immensely grateful to his Excellency the Ambassador of Cyprus in Paris Mr P. Eliades for opening the exhibition on the 20th of February and to the Mayor and Vice Mayor of the Ve arrondissement Mrs Florence Berthout and Mrs Corinne Gabadou for their hospitality and support to our cause.
With over 350 visitors and art lovers joining us at the opening we all feel very grateful. Part of the proceeds from the sales will be offered to Sagapo Children’s Foundation. And all sales of the Mexican children’s paintings will be given directly to Ameyalli Comunidad Educativa, in Malinalco Mexico.
BAM Collective, continues their support to Sagapo with a second exhibition, this time at the City Hall of the 15th Arrondissement in Paris, 31 rue Péclet.
A collection of contemporary artworks ( paintings and sculptures ) were showcased at the “Aile Lecourbe” from the 24th of September to the 6th of October’18, fund raising for the reconstruction of a Primary school in Santa Monica Mexico, which was destroyed during the earthquake of September 2017.
Fabienne Oudart, Philippe Torrecilla, Delphine Ida, Christina Drakos, Peter Knox and Martine Pierson exhibited their works and the inauguration took place on the 1st of October to the presence of the Mayor Mr Philippe Goujon and many other renowned artists and Parisian art lovers. Tons of thanks to all!
A painting and sculpture exhibition comprising of 33 art works was showcased from the 4th to the 16th of June at the City Hall of the 5th arrondissement, 21 Place de Pantheon in Paris, fundraising for Sagapo Children’s Foundation.
BAM Collective, a group of six International artists (Nour Awada, Peter Knox, Martine Pierson, Christina Drakos, Philippe Torrecilla, Delphine Ida) who live and work in Paris, offered their paintings and sculptures in order to contribute to Sagapo and particularly to assist with the reconstruction of a Primary school in Santa Monica Mexico which was destroyed during the earthquake of September 2017.
The Opening ceremony took place on the 8th of June at “La Salle du Souvenir” and His Excellency the Ambassador of Cyprus Mr Eliades inaugurated the exhibition together with the Cultural Attache of the Mexican Embassy in Paris Ms Estefania Angeles and Mrs Corinne Gabadou responsible for family matters and children at the City Hall Council.
The Cyprus University of Technology TEPAK, organized the 2nd RUN4All relay race (4 x 4km) on Sunday, April 29, 2018, starting at Panepistimiou Square and running alongside the Olympia Coast in Limassol.
The RUN4All is a team relay race for beginners as well as experienced runners. It is an effort to develop and spread amateur run as a mean for healthy lifestyle, work-life, anti- stress and entertainment, combined with social offer.
All proceeds from the teams’ registrations in the race were offered to charities selected by the winners. In the mixed category, the “Catch me if you can” team, won the first prize and chose to donate the € 700 prize money to SAGAPO Children’s Foundation. The award took place on 31/5/2018 at the University of Technology, where the representatives of Sagapo Children’s Foundation received the check from the winning team.
At least 369 people dead, including 21 children with the collapse of the Enrique Rabsamen School, after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico on Tuesday, Sept. 19. This earthquake came on the heels of another magnitude-8.1 quake Sept. 7, and on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 Mexico earthquake that killed thousands.
In the town of Santa Mónica, Ocuilan, the primary school “Lic. Benito Juárez”, which used to serve 448 children, has partially collapsed, leaving the community today without a school. Since the 19th September earthquake, children have not been attending classes at all, with many of them being forced to end their education and look for work to support their families instead.
With the help of the community in Santa Monica, Ocuillan, we aim to build temporary classrooms in the next few months in order to encourage children to continue their education in a safe environment, and until the government repairs their school. Once the school is repaired, these temporary classrooms will remain in the town, functioning as a Community Center for the children and with the possibility of offering afternoon classes and extra-curricular activities.
For this project, we have chosen to partner with the Ameyalli Comunidad Educativa which operates exclusively in the State of Mexico, and will be focused entirely on the construction of these spaces.
Sagapo Children’s Foundation supports children all over the world in the enrichment and protection of their education. We believe that following these dramatic earthquakes it is our obligation to provide a safe environment for the children of Santa Monica, Ocuillan to continue their education.Education is a fundamental right necessary for the development of each person and society.
Your donation and support is of paramount importance to these children.
Thank you so much for supporting our cause!
New temporary classes have been constructed… some more to follow….life is getting back to normal for the children in Santa Monica.
Photos from Sagapo delegation visit to Santa Monica temporary classes school, as well as to the area where the destroyed school is now in reconstruction.
Happy children at our Sagapo Junior School in Gambola Wela ( Sri Lanka ) celebrating the end of the renovation works organized and provided by Sagapo Children’s Foundation and at the same time welcoming our charity partners from Travelink – AVD France offering more that 500 Kgr of school supplies to the children. What a great celebration for all the children and their parents ! A fully restored school and lot’s of school supplies for a new start!
A Mega Thank you also to MIMN for their donation for the restoration of the school.