Empowering kids in Rwanda! Offering computers for their school
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.