Someone asked me...
We "own" it- that means we have the government permit saying we are recognised as a approved private preschool.
Teachers' fellowship 11 Dec 2013
transparency and accountability; how to ensure financial accurancy...
and of course to enjoy Christmas; enjoy each others company, give information, share
a meal together and assure our teachers they are doing a great job and give them a
Christmas gift; a calendar for the year 2014.
the report and so on...
"How to do Teachers evaluation" with Captain Dancille, new appointed Education Officer
-And if you see an e-pad... the officers here have been blessed by a donation for a project
that enabled us to buy and train to use this modern tool. It is nice, we can see it is really
making a change in work environment, the officers now can read books, send emails,
write documents, use the internet... and it is helping a lot.
We encourage them all to use it, so we hope they all will see the potential to help them in
their work so they continue to train to get the capacity to use it.
could also get some small gifts :) thanks to a small donation to Sponsorship department.
Copyright text and photos: Anna-Maria Tuftstrom
(Photos and text can be used after permission for The Salvation Army media)
Rubirizi 29 Nov 2013
porridge every day. When visiting there I realised the women are cooking on the ground,
bending their backs...
So when I did the inspection at Rubirizi preschool, the Section Officer and I brought three bags of
cement, so that the salvationists can build a stove with "height" so that the cooking can be easier and not so
"strainful" (and it will save firewood).
We also brought all kitchen utensils needed to start the foodprogram from January, thanks to
We brought basins, beaters, buckets, pots and pans, Jerry cans fo water, cups and pitchers.
last five years. They were made for the preschool in Kigali- the same land for the preschool
and hall that the government expropriated the land from the Salvation Army.
The intent was that we could build in another place, but it has taken the government a long
time to assist in getting the replacement land in Kigali, and there is still not any final plans
on paper :( The government wants us as partner and step by step, then a step back... we
are getting there.
So instead of not using the chairs at all, we will use them in the preschool at Rubirizi :)
Now the kitchen outside wall has been plastered, so we plan for a good start text term;
with everything prepared for a new school year.
The water harvesting system is in place, the "gutters" are leading the water to the big
We also wait for a water Project ("wash") to be implemented. We are waiting for the government to
do the final documents so that we can start drilling a bore hole for the Rubirizi village. They
do not have any water source at all, and have to walk long distances to get water, so this
bore hole will make a big differnece in the villagers life. The villagers are waiting and longing
(as are we, it is not easy to be as patient as we have had to be) and now they have put up
a cover around the old bore hole so that no more damage will be done to it before the work
And a miracle, little baby Anonzielle has been born to this world. Nursery teacher Anonziata is
now on maternity leave for Three months but will be back at school during next term
take a look on the blog and see all that has been accomplished- you help bulding a better
future, a way out of poverty!
Copyrigt text and photos: Anna-Maria Tuftstrom
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Now we are on the way!
Now, the contractor believes it can be completed in January, if the rain keeps away :) Wow, finally, we say!
It has taken such long time (saying I as I am an impatient person) to first find three different lands to choose from, then to find a land we want and that has the correct ownership papers etc. After that, the bying itself takes time, lawyers, government, buyer and seller to get all documentation done correctly and "bulletproof".
When that was finalized the building itself... well, now we have completed all the "paperwork" and will enter the practicals.
WELCOME! MURAKAZA NEZA!
A day at the office...
Yesterday we accomplished a great deal. First we were able to get the gas cooker for
then buy all (ALL! Yeah!) kitchen utensils for the food program at Rubirizi preschool. From
January we will have a kitchen so we can implement a food program in that preschool too,
thank you for assisting, dear sponsors!
planted outside Batsinda Salvation Army Hall in Kigali.
Now they together with the salvationists will start planting the hedge around the piece of land.
three months time, to cover the big piece of land.
Everyday life at the office...
Officer meet local government at the District Office to inform and share ideas for all TSA
work and activities.
shopping (books, didactic materials etc) for next term...
Everyday life at the office... can also mean running around for hours (read: days weeks or
months) like a crazy fool trying to find all that material, because it is not always there to be found...
now will be built. Here the salvationists will meet on Sundays, children and youth from the
community will learn music, playing instruments, how to use mixer and so on. They will
fellowship and discuss conflict management, "remember the past, but strive for a better
future". Here we also hope to have the preschool, John Gowans, when we have enough
funding to provide good classrooms.
the school year when all Children receive their transcripts and the six year olds get their
DIPLOMA for completed preschool course, that they then will bring to primary school next year...
-Do we feel blessed?
-Oh, yes, we are so blessed every day at the office...
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Just because... :)
JOHN GOWANS PRESCHOOL DRUMMER BOYS
preschool teaching and for the preschool teams when they compete with other schools in music and
traditional dancing. The school had some before, so this time we bought four medium sized drums and a
very big one. /AT
Education for Christmas, grandma'?
-maybe you always find exciting and perfect gifts for birthdays and for Christmas? I am not good at such things- usually I end up buying nothing or even asking the person what they want me to get for them...
So if you lack ideas for Christmas, I have an idea!
May be you could give away a kitchen, a classroom or a latrine?
That would help the Salvation Army to change the lives of 100 children here.
In Rwimiyaga we assist a preschool in Rwimiyaga run by a parents Committe. It is placed in a run down Community hall and it is a bit of a struggle to share it with all other activities that the Community is running there.
Give preschool education to the Children here and at the same time give a Christmas gift to your friend/family?
-"Dear grandma, this year I give you a part of a classroom for children at Salvation Army preschool in Rwanda"
Get in touch with The Salvation Army Sponsorship Secretary in your country and they will help you celebrate the Christmas joy in all kinds of ways.
Drummer boys at John Gowans preschool
mothers, dancing and playing on the drums... In preschool they even have competitions
that you can sign up for.
So did the teacher for John Gowans, he signed up the boys from the preschool.
When I came to visit the preschool in July together with Lt Jean Baptiste, who helped with
So when they asked if we could get some drums for the team, how could I refuse?
Thanks to institutional support, we have some funding for toys and material
and this was a very nice present for them, something they will enjoy for a long time
We can be proud for them and the other children were proud for their friends.
How did it go for the drummer boys?
did, I will find out next time I visit them :)
Now the girls want to have a dance team... We have to do something about that, I believe.
When we left to go for porridge I greeted every child in English and they greeted me back.
Hallo, what is your name?
Hallo, my name is...
Then we waited for everyone to be ready to go to the little kitchen we rent where the cook
had prepared porridge for the children. After three hours in school they all long for some food
school, what they play and if they know what they want to work with when they have gone
to school and gotten an education...
could also be an alternative. Football is fun, singing and praying was also mentioned.
As long as it could be done with friends Everything was fun, it seemed. Favourite food
could be cassava, ubugali, maise and rice.
Anna-Maria/ Sponsorship Sec
Give me a chance...
In Kayenzi, the Corps together with local community discussed what to do for unskilled and vulnerable women. Thanks to a Faith Based Fascilitation (FBF) a small vocational training program came to be. With a woman from the village offering her skills as teacher, fifteen women started learning from her. I think they started out with three sewing machines and a hope for a better life
no chance of paying the large school fees for theoretical schooling nor for public vocational
training. Here at the Salvation Army, the project started with one small room, 3x2,5 m.
Today, two more rooms (office and storage have been moved) have been made available
for the young women.
training they would pay 10000Rwf/$US16, so this is a wonderful thing for these vulnerable
ladies (salary for a housekeeper is 40000Rwf per month, office staff around 80-120000Rwf
depending on job qualifications).
training in order to learn from mistakes and successes :)
that the Salvation Army in Holland is sponsoring in Rwanda.
It is a good help to meet sometimes to talk and evaluate so we welcome him to see for himself
some of the projects that are on the agenda right now and for the future.
It is so nice to get visits from The Salvation Army representatives from all around the world,
to see needs and plan for good empowering projects; with the purpose of giving a better
chance in life, whether it be possibility to livelyhood, ability to read and write or getting
professional computer sewing machine so they can make embroidery and traditional sewing
on the traditional clothing. I estimate the cost from 500000Rwf/$US850 - 1000000Rwf/ $US16500
depending on quality.
How do you want your hair, mama?
was a "Concept Note", a project looking for funding, but this last year it was approved by
a donor country in The Salvation Army. The building is now under construction and on
Monday Oct 8 2013 we went there to have a look at the progress.
Netherlands Project Department, came to see this and other projects.
Project Administrator, Project Officer Jan Janssen, NL, Project Officer Major Robert Tuftstrom
to do the mandatory haircut for school each term. This was dangerous and expensive, and
the community asked if someone could open a saloon closer to the village. The Corps Leader
than asked CHQ Projects Department if we could do a Salvation Army project, building one
in the village. This was some years back, but now we are on our way.
to get his/her livelyhood through this saloon.
The hairdresser will at the same time be a teacher, training others to become hairdressers,
so that this project can be a small vocational training of hairdressers.
and everything that needs to be in place properly.
The building will be on the Salvation Army land, very close to the hall and Officers Quarters.
The Salvation Army Hall is also the place where the Parents Committee Preschool meet,
so they will have a very short walk to get their hair done :D
Until we meet again, bless you, dear reader!
Runda Parents Committee school
Here the Salvation Army started some pioneer work in late 1990s.Today the Salvation Army
officers, Lieutenants Jean Baptiste and Mary Rose are stationed here.
The villagers, leaders and the Salvation Army then started a preschool, based on the parents.
They are in charge of paying the two teachers, Jeaninne and Francoise a small salary and
do that by all families agreeing to pay school fees.
The preschool meets in the Salvation Army Hall since that is the only good hall with enough
space for 55 children in two classes, P1 and P2. The committee asked to wear the Salvation Army
school uniform, so they pay for fabric and goes to a tailor to have it made. Some children
cannot afford this, so they will not be wearing it. At Christmas 2012 we were able to give all
preschool children in Rwanda a T-shirt, "I love preschool" thanks to a "Share your Christmas"
project from Sweden (see other blog entry) and many now use it as a school uniform :).
27 six year olds will now leave preschool with a diploma and start Primary school in January,
so then new children will start to fill up the gap.
The families do a great job, they do whatever they can to give some extra funding for pencils
and books to write in and some material, but they cannot afford to give porridge or food
during the day. This and school uniforms are their biggest challanges, they say.
the parents committee to buy a black board, material and toys for the school.
If you know that you would like to help this school, contact the Salvation Army Department
for Sponsorship in your country. They will assist you to help this little preschool.
Just to give some estimations I can inform you of some costs. Maybe you can collect some
sponsor, on your own or with a bunch of happy people helping together :)
What your gift could achieve here and now…
A note book, pencil and crayons 2.50
A piglet 25
Porridge, 1 month, 1 child 10
A school uniform 9
Childrens books in English 5-15
A cook, 1 month / 1 year 50/ 600
A teacher, 1 month/ 1year 58-75/ 696-900
Rent for kitchen, 1 month/1 year 33/ 400
A church/school building in a rural area 4600
(mud bricks, no electricity, only latrines)
A school building in a city 250 000
(burnt bricks, special regulations about electricity, sanitation etc)
To these costs we always have to add banking fees- banks will charge for sending/receiving the money here, usually between $US 20-30. It is wisely to ask for assistance from the Sponsorship Department in your country, so they can send a larger sum, otherwise gifts can be "lost in fees"
Play time at Catherine Booth preschool
number song when I came, "one and two and three..."
So of course we did a photo shoot :) Smile!
All Children want to use them... so a couple of minutes each, then they switch driver...
Some of the girls showed me their Babies and pretended to be mothers.
In two weeks this school year will be over. In Catherine Booth preschool we have 27
six year olds that will "graduate" and get their preschool diploma.
In January they will go to Primary school and we will receive new three-year
olds to the preschool.
Have a wonderful day, all sponsors, we thank you for all the new playground
equipment and toys!
Anna-Maria/ Sponsorship Sec
Photos and text Anna-Maria Tuftstrom/The Salvation Army Rwanda and Burundi Command
Sponsorship changes lives!!! :)
It turned out he was one of many young people receiving sponsorship during Secondary school a couple of years back. Í was amazed. Today he is graduationg from university and the Project Officer and I are going to attend the festivities!
- Yes, I have to admit, I am impressed. Some people just have the most amazing gifts, and Mr Elie likes numbers, order, organisation so he has now got a bachelor degree in "Applied Statistics"
May God bless all of you sponsors that have made this come true for Mr Elie! I hope the Sponsorship Secretary in your territory will share this good news, so that one day, we might be able to do this again; to sponsor young teenagers to be able to do secondary and university studies.
Burundi Salvationist Uniform Celebration 4 Aug 2013
Marching on the streets of Bujumbura, Burundi. The salvationists looked so nice in
opening of the Salvation Army in Burundi (5 Aug 2007)
and this day was also the finale of the saving Campaign: "Let´s save up for new uniforms"
a six month saving programme. This day was the first (but not last?)
Photo and Layout: A-M
All money were to be documented and put in the bank.
the children and youth joined the savings programme. From Projects Department we also
Thanks to the donation we could double the money and there were so many happy happy
"Salvationist Uniform Celebration". He was happy to be one of the best savers and encouraged
The project came to be to encourage and empower the salvationists to save up whatever
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