Stickers on the move

Today I received a letter, much welcomed!
I love surprises and so do the children and teachers...
Everytime I get this yellow big A4 envelope, I know... Now Catherine Booth preschool will receive a treat.
Was I right this time? Oh, yes!

Two beautiful sticker albums, so nice for the teachers to use at preschool :)

When Section Officer comes in to my office to do term report, I will give it to him so he
can give the letter to the teachers and Children at Catherine Booth preschool :)
Thank you!

Films from 2012-2014 Sponsorship and project work (Updated 27 March)

Hi everybody! 
It is time to summerize our work during 2012-2014... so here will we publish some of the results in the form of short films. We have been approved to stay on some 4 extra months, so we will be back home in June and not in March as first ordered.... /AT
If you go to you can search for Rutobwe preschool, copy or click the link: and you will be able to watch a short film from Rutobwe preschool.
If you go to you can either write "Gituro Projects film AT dator" or copy
the link  and you will reach a short film from Gituro, Nyagatare
If you write "Rubirizi hall and preschool project AT 2014 dator" or copy the link
you will get the Rubirizi film.
If you write Rwimiyaga preschool or copy the link  and you will get theJohn Gowans preschool and Rwimiyaga film. The film is called " Rwimiyaga preschool and youth project AT 2014 dator"
And a film from Kigali,  "Kigali Projects Film AT" showing Batsinda Hall,
Officers Quarters at Batsinda and CHQ, Kibagabaga
And in "Runda Projects" you can visit the preschool and the beginning of the hair dressing
saloon vocational training...
we support the Parents Committe preschool and have started a hair saloon Project at the
Corps. Click or copy the link and you will see the short film.
The internet here is slow and it is not easy to upload good quality so if you want the films in good quality,
just send an email to:
More films will come :)

Rwimiyaga Youth project and preschool hall update 22 January 2014

Here is an update from last week. We can now see some more work has been done and
we are eagerly waiting... Enjoy!
Here the building for the latrines are coming along well
And the hall is almost complete.

This is the annex of the hall, the two windows on the right is for the classroom...
Major Wenche and Mr Per is visiting us this week from Jeloy Folk High School, a school run by
The Salvation Army in Norway.
and the one window to the left is for the teachers room and preschool storage.
 Major Wenche and  Mr Per, a teacher, are here to see if it is possible to have some students
come for a class next year "Destination East Africa", doing preschool work, youth and
Community work for a month or so.

Now the "see through" plastic sheets are in place and the sun can shine and light up the hall :)
The kitchen now has a roof, doors and windows
A little peek into the kitchen and storage
The plastic sheets are not in place yet, so it is still dark in the rooms.

...and windows are in place, the glass will be put in last.

So we are doing some progress - now we are unpatient to get this hall up and running,
so the children and youth can finally have their programs up and running.
When I visisted the preschool children this day at the Community hall, they had been
pushed out of the hall  because the TSA preschool was to be opened by now.
For now they have preschool in a small office room (2,5x4 m), all 80 Children :/
Not easy for them, but they are happy for the new school so the teachers said it is ok
as they will soon move out of there to the beautiful hall.

Be blessed!
Photos: Anna-Maria Tuftstrom
Copyright text and photos: Anna-Maria Tuftstrom
Can be used by The Salvation Army by permission for information and fundraising.
Just send us an email and we´ll get you originals of photos :)

Rwimiyaga Multipurpose hall with preschool annex

 On January 6 we visited the construction of the Rwimiyaga Youth Project multipurpose hall.

Due to heavy rain and storms the Construction work is still ongoing and will be completed
in February. We can already see that the building was there,
There were many workers on the scene,

and the roof was in place  (except for the light sheets) and it is looking good :)
It is a beautiful area with a great view.
There will be electricity in the hall and we are waiting for water to be available too.
The workers are now preparing for the latrines and as you can see, The Project Officer
seems to be happy with the progress

The men are digging a 25 m deep hole before building thesmall house.

It is a serious work, they climb down and put dirt in a bucket that other workers bring to
the surface, digging deeper and deeper.

We were also able to add an annex in the end of the building so that the preschool children
can be divided in two groups. The door leads to a 3,5x5 m classroom

... and if you enter from the opposite side you will find a small office and storage for the

To have a preschool we need to provide classrooms and latrines so we are doing good!
We have a food program at the preschool, so when we move to the new building we also
have to build a kitchen. Thanks to Sponsorship we are now on the way building that too.
We will not have to rent a kitchen anymore, and it will be used for not only preschool, but
for youth program and for the church business.

Updated with photos 16 Jan 19:35
Copyright text and photos: Anna-Maria Tuftstrom
Can be used by The Salvation Army centers/media after permission. Please send e-mail to us and we will get you original photos to work with :)

Happy Sponsorship Year 2014!

Now we have prepared the Calendar from some seconds of the Sponsorship work here in Rwanda.  We have an open .docx where you can change language and fonts (we have used Albertus Medium in the original)  or a .pdf
Just e-mail us and we will send it to you :)
you can download a .pdf  here via mediafire:
Here is some info about the photos from the calendar:
Photo 1: Dedication of the multipurpose hall in Rubirizi where the preschool children finally have a good environment for their playing and studying.
Photo 2: John Gowans preschool drummer boys in Rwimiyaga. They wanted to buy
drums and practice for a local competition between all preschools in the area. They did
very well and competed even at regional level.
Photo 3: A child at Rutobwe preschool holding one of the african dolls that a young girl
sent them all the way from Sweden.
Photo 4: Leadership in Rwanda and Burundi Command; front row from the left:
DSWM Major Annett Musamali, CSWM Major Elianise Clenat, OC Lt Colonel Seth Appeateng,
CPWM Lt Colonel Janet Appeateng, GS Major Jean Clenat, DC Major George Musamali 
(sorry for all the abbreviations...)
Photo 5: A child graduating from Gituro parents Committee preschool, receiving her
diploma so she can attend primary school.
God bless you!

Christmas and it is official...

 The Officer Commanding invited us all to the Kigali Cenral Corps hall where we had a
meeting with speeches and wishes for the new year. Christmas songs were sung. The
general´s christmas greeting was read.
"Be lights in the world, carry out the light to the world... bring hope and love to the people!!

All staff got a Christmas present and
We enjoyed fellowship and shared a meal together; fried potatoes, rice, fried bananas,
boiled potatoes, "spinach", peas with small green augergines,  meat and chicken,
sauce and small sweet bananas and then after all that...
we  celebrated Christ´s and all our birthdays for the year by sharing a birthday cake 
- or three cakes, actually :)

Then a lot of different Group photos; all women officers in one, all men officers in another,
staff and Leadership, me and my husband Robert with the Leadership...
yes, a lot of photos were taken by many of us.

We will now close CHQ for Christmas and only do field visits - on Jan 5 we hope to inspect the new hall and preschool annex in Rwimiyaga ;) We are so happy and excited!

Thank you for all your support during these two years- time has passed so fast it seems.
I feel we have been blessed and will think of this time in Rwanda and Burundi as blessed. I thank all of the people here for receiving us so well. I am also so thankful for all the good things we have been a part of creating, starting, developing and end, evaluate and... yes, everything we have been involved in.
It has been a joy to be a part of the Childrens´sponsorship team, I thank the Salvation Army for giving me this opportunity and important assignment. Thank you!

So many good moments...

Officer Commanding also announced to the staff present that our term here in Rwanda
will be finished in March and that we will be going back home to Sweden on March 15.
Sad in a way, of course, but we know that the Lord is with us and we will be joining our
Children, which will be good. We now await news of who will replace us as Project Officer
and Sponsorship Secretary for the Command, so that we can make the transition as good
as possible.
So, now I wish you all a very merry Christmas!
Please let peace and joy spread in your life and share it with family, friends, strangers...
The newborn king is here :)
Anna-Maria Tuftstrom
Sponsorship Secretary,
Rwanda and Burundi
All text and photos: Copyright Anna-Maria Tuftstrom
(Can after permission be used by The Salvation Army for information to donors, sponsors and Campaigns)

Someone asked me...

- How many preschools do you have in Rwanda?
We have nine preschools... that is if you Count all schools in our halls or that we are involved in together with Community and parents committees through "faith based fascilitation".
Catherine Booth preschool, Rutobwe preschool and Rubirizi preschools are run by the Salvation Army.
We "own" it- that means we have the government permit saying we are recognised as a approved private preschool.
Then we have John Gowans preschool in Rwimiyaga and Gituro preschool in Nyagatare. They are both parents committee preschools, but they are receiving institutional support from Salvation Army donors.
Rukeri, Bitare, Runda and Rubuye are also parents committee schools. The parents asked if the Salvation Army could help them in starting preschools for their children -so Bitare, Runda and Rubuye preschools meet in the Salvation Army halls. These preschools have only the small school fees from parents to pay for material and teachers, they struggle but keep up a good work. At Rukeri, the Salvation Army rent a small hall for church activities so that is where the preschool meet during the week days.
Mj Anna-Maria Tuftstrom
Sponsorship Secretary

Teachers' fellowship 11 Dec 2013

The theme was...
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.
Role play; to practically do the financial administration...
and how to write receipts, how to save and document bankdeposit slips/TSA receipts for
the report and so on...
Lunch conversation and sharing together
The Christmas gift is handed to the teachers by the Section Officers present.

"How to do Teachers evaluation" with Captain Dancille, new appointed Education Officer
and "How to fill out the Registration Card" together with the parents when meeting,
Major Anna-Maria
Filling out the registration cards, noting information to use in the meeting with parents.
-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.
Handing out CDs and books to the sponsored schools. Some of the non sponsored school
could also get some small gifts :) thanks to a small donation to Sponsorship department.
 Photos: Theobald Kabagema
Copyright text and photos: Anna-Maria Tuftstrom
(Photos and text can be used after permission for The Salvation Army media)

Rubirizi 29 Nov 2013

In Rutobwe we have a kitchen built by the salvationists where the Cook/cleaner makes
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
institutional support from you.
We brought basins, beaters, buckets, pots and pans, Jerry cans fo water, cups and pitchers.
We also decided to bring 17 chairs that have been standing in a storage at OTC for the
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
water container

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
can start

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
We wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Thank you for all support during this year- please
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
(After permission: can be used within the Salvation Army for Child Sponsorship activities and promotion)


Now we are on the way!

Today we signed the contract with the contractor to build the multipurpose Hall with an annex for classroom for preschool and teachers lounge/storage! Thanks to donors for preschools and for a youth project and collections from you dear sponsors, we can now start building. We still need more funding for the classroom, but we will start with the ground and cement floor and solid corner pillars, and if funding comes, we can put burnt bricks in the walls.
The roof will be in metal sheeting, to let the sunshine in we will put plastic sheet in some places in the roof.
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.
Soon and very soon, here the buildings will stand, we will be able to decorate and finally invite children and youth to activities, preschool, fellowship and teachings and discussion groups.  I am impatient and eager to stand in the door saying:
Mj Anna-Maria

A day at the office...

A day at the office... Yes, just enjoing myself showing you what a great day we had :)
Yesterday we accomplished a great deal. First we were able to get the gas cooker for
CHQ Officers´quarters at Batsinda, Kigali

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!
we could now "harvest"  60 of the babyplants that our gardener Michel has prepared to be
planted outside Batsinda Salvation Army Hall in Kigali.
Captains Obed and Dyna Tungo are part CHQ staff, but also in charge of  Batsinda Corps.
Now they together with the salvationists will start planting the hedge around the piece of land.
Our gardener will now start a fresh, so we will have new "baby" plants to put in place in
three months time, to cover the big piece of land.
Nice when "Everything happens as you planned them to" Halleluia!

Everyday life at the office...

Everyday life at the office...
sometimes means going to Rukoma to check on the repairs of the sportsfield - the workers
are busy putting up a higher perimeterwall and putting cement on the wall, fixing up the
latrines. Project Administrator Mr Francois and I are happy for the work done.
Everyday life at the office...
can also be visiting Kayenzi Corps (love the flowers) and together with DC and Section
Officer meet local government at the District Office to inform and share ideas for all TSA
work and activities.
Everyday life at the office...
needs no comment... :)
Everyday life at the office...
can also be to meet with Gituro preschool  parents committee to inform about institutional
support  and empower them to do the very best they can to have all children go to school
Everyday life at the office...
can actually mean to be in the office. Today I do a lot of financial stuff, planning for preschool
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...
Everyday life at the office...
-TEA! ;D
Everyday life at the office....
can be, thanks to donors, to visit the piece of land in Rwimiyaga where a multipurpose hall
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.
Everyday life at the office...
can be to be an honorable guest at the end of term celebration, especially in the end of
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...
Photos and copyright: Anna-Maria Tufstrom
Photos can be used by The Salvation Army for information and promotion for sponsorship program

Just because... :)


We have bought drums for the drummer boys at John Gowans preschool.These are to be used in the
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'?

(Three wise men...)
I don´t know how it is in your family
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.
At least one or two times a week, the children have to go outside due to Community activities like vaccinations, information from local government and so on.
Now we have an opportunity, thanks to a Youth Project, to build a small multipurpose hall. We would like to move the preschool from the Community hall to this new hall, but then we need some extra funding. Total sum would come to USD 6400, so we are now starting to save. Every dollar is helping, so if you are doing a fundraiser or a Collection in the cafeteria or lunch room, it helps :)

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"
Sounds interesting?
Every dollar/kr/franc is helpful, we will start building with whatever funding we have and continue part for part as funding is available. The salvationists and families in the village will also contribute with Labour and some materials, so they are involved to build a better future for their Children.
1 Square meter brick wall incl cement         500 SEK     USD 80       50000 RWF
1 Square cement floor (ground and floor)    350 SEK      USD 56      35000 RWF
1 roof metal sheet                                        70 SEK       USD 12      7000 RWF 
1 roof beam                                                 40 SEK        USD 7        4000 RWF
1 side door metal                                        750 SEK      USD 120    75000 RWF
1 double door for entrance                         1500 SEK     USD 240   150000 RWF 
1 metal window (exkl glass)                        650 SEK      USD 104    650000 RWF
If you look around on the blog you can also find other "presents" to give; maybe a contribution to the animal bank, or do a regular sponsorship for a year or so...

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.
Anna-Maria Tuftstrom
Sponsorship Secretary

Drummer boys at John Gowans preschool

Let me introduce the John Gowans drummer boys team!
From early age the children hear beats and feel rythm, being carried on the back of their
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
the translation,  they showed me their program, they did very well!
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?
They won and won again and came to be in the region finale. Now, I don´t know how they
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
and we are happy that we can provide it for them. For some this will be the only nutrition of the day.
After having porridge I got to sit down with four children. I asked them what they like in
school, what they play and if they know what they want to work with when they have gone
to school and gotten an education...
No surprise, we had a dancer, a teacher and a doctor among us. Driving a car or a bus
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.
Well, time to leave, see you next time - and then we will know the result of the drummer
boys competition...

Anna-Maria/ Sponsorship Sec
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