RWANDA AND BURUNDI PRESCHOOLS NEWS

 
On 10.11.2016 we had Preschools reporting with the Schools Administrators. These were Lt Xavier from Nyagatare Gituro preschool, Corps from John Gowans,Lt Jean Bosco from Rutobwe,  Lt Baptist from Runda and Corps leader from Rubirizi Preschool kayonza. We were checking on how the Preschools had done the term Three as compared to other terms. We looked at Finance, Bank slips, bank statements. Narrative report budgets school time table and minutes book. Those checking were Mr. François, Finance Secretary, sponsorship Secretary and education Coordinator. The general secretary was also present for a word of encouragement.
 
 
 
 
 

SHOES DISTRIBUTIONS AND MATERIALS


The shoes were supported from the Waverly temple and we are very grateful since the children and their parents are happy for the Salvation army. And they say thank you and god bless them. even the Learning materials we are grateful
 
 
 

SHOES DISTRIBUTION AMD PRESCHOOLS MATERIALS AUGUST 2016

VISITS TO 9 PRESCHOOLS:

I have the pleasure to visits 9 Preschools in our Command. These are Rubirizi Preschool sponsored by Sweden/Latvia territory, Rutobwe Preschool Sponsored by AUS territory, Catherine Booth kayenzi sponsored by AUS territory, Nyagatare, Gituro Preschool sponsored by AUS territory, Rwimiyaga Preschool sponsored by Netherlands territory. The five Sponsored preschools. I also visited the none- sponsored preschools. These are; Bitare Preschool, Rubuye Preschool, Rukeri Preschool and Runda Preschool which is sponsored by small donations.

RWIMIYAGA AND NYAGATARE GITURO PRESCHOOLS.

The Visits started on 01.09.2016 from chq going to Nyagatare and Rwimiyaga preschools. The journey started at 6.30 a.m and arrived first at Rwimiyaga at 09.00 a.m and we found children waiting for us together with their teachers. And later the section officer and the corps leader came in. I had to speak to the children and the teachers concerning the preschools. When I asked if the children were taking Porridge, the teachers answered me no for two weeks. The corps leader closed the porridge flour in the office and he was not giving out the key because of his personal issues with the section officer.

I had to solve the problem before handing over the School materials which were books, pencils, pens,markers,erasers,plastic cups 48,plastic basin1,jugs 2, drawing books, black board erasers, A4 papers 1 ream,  2 boxes chalks, and other small things. And all this came from the donations sent for gifts.

The place is very dry, for almost one year without rain, no food water and people are running away to look for green pastures. The children are only depending on the porridge given to them for their going. Animals are dying because of lack of water and grass.  And even life has really changed for everybody. The school has 58 Children with 2 teachers and 1 cook/cleaner and it’s doing well. On behalf of the children they appreciate so much for th

                     

NYAGATARE <GITURO PRESCOOL. 

I arrived there at 10.30 a.m and I got the children learning English. It was wonderful to hear them read the words like jug cup. The section officer was able to introduce me to the children and the teachers and later I had time to speak to the children telling them the purpose of my visit. The Children were very happy to hear that I had brought them materials for learning because some had no book to write and even pens.

The place is the same as that of rwimiyaga, very dry and people are really running from the place to look for food and water for their families. They get water from very far and one Jeri can is 400 rwf. Which is too expensive? Even the section officer has to hire somebody to bring them water because the tank they have has no water and it needs repair before the rain starts.. So life in Nyagatare is very hard.

I had time to hand over the preschool materials to the section officer who is the school administrator. I gave out; exercise books, Drawing books 3 dozens, Pencils 50, pens 10 erasers 6,2 sauce pans,2 basins, 48 plastic cups, 2 jugs,1 football ball, chalks 2 boxes, blackboard dusters, manila papers, Note books for teachers, red pens. The Children are happy playing with the ball, though the son is too hot as seen. Thanks to all our donors for the donations for gifts. They need to have classrooms.

 

RUBIRIZI PRESCOOL:

The journey started from Chq at 7.00 am on 04.09.2016 accompanied by Section Officer Captain Obed who is the school administrator. Candidate secretary/education Coordinator captain Damascene. And the journey was okay and we arrived at 9.30.a.m.and we got the children and the teachers waiting for us by singing and dancing. Rubirizi preschool is situatedose sponsoring them and making sure they are learning as other preschool.

 

                     

NYAGATARE <GITURO PRESCOOL. 

I arrived there at 10.30 a.m and I got the children learning English. It was wonderful to hear them read the words like jug cup. The section officer was able to introduce me to the children and the teachers and later I had time to speak to the children telling them the purpose of my visit. The Children were very happy to hear that I had brought them materials for learning because some had no book to write and even pens.

The place is the same as that of rwimiyaga, very dry and people are really running from the place to look for food and water for their families. They get water from very far and one Jeri can is 400 rwf. Which is too expensive? Even the section officer has to hire somebody to bring them water because the tank they have has no water and it needs repair before the rain starts.. So life in Nyagatare is very hard.

I had time to hand over the preschool materials to the section officer who is the school administrator. I gave out; exercise books, Drawing books 3 dozens, Pencils 50, pens 10 erasers 6,2 sauce pans,2 basins, 48 plastic cups, 2 jugs,1 football ball, chalks 2 boxes, blackboard dusters, manila papers, Note books for teachers, red pens. The Children are happy playing with the ball, though the son is too hot as seen. Thanks to all our donors for the donations for gifts. They need to have classrooms.

 

RUBIRIZI PRESCOOL:

The journey started from Chq at 7.00 am on 04.09.2016 accompanied by Section Officer Captain Obed who is the school administrator. Candidate secretary/education Coordinator captain Damascene. And the journey was okay and we arrived at 9.30.a.m.and we got the children and the teachers waiting for us by singing and dancing. Rubirizi preschool is situated


Preschool reporting 14.11.2014.

During reporting there is the sharing of bread with tea together.
 
Preschool Reporting going on with the Education Secretary Captain Dancille Mukafuraha and Finance Secretary Captain Leonard Nyongesa with the Section officers. We were checking on the following: Budget term 3 review, Budgets for 2015,Term activity, Financial Report, Attendance Records,  Class Diary, Receipts books/balance sheets and all documentations. It was properly done and I say thank you to the Section Officers. Only one section Officer who did not turn for reporting for Gituro and John Gowans preschool.
 
Finance Secretary with section officer Kigali checking books for Rubirizi Preschool. Finance secretary was of help to us to assist in Finance journal.
 
Education secretary going through the books of Catherine Booth kayenzi with Section Officer Captain Damascene
 
 
It was on 14.11.2014 when the section Officers came for preschool reporting 3rd term. The general secretary was the guest to speak to Section Officers. He gave an encouragement form the book of 2 Corinthians 8:1-5,empasizing on giving themselves to God and taking good care of the children. There is always a blessing when taking care of the poor.

Catherine Booth preschool monitoring visit part 2

 Education Secretary Captain Dancille Mukafarah and Sponsorship Secretary Captain
Violet Nyongesa talking to the Children at Catherine Booth preschool
 
Sponsorship Secretary and Education secretary are  now  with the
children and their teachers and even the Administrator, Capt Jean
Damascene was at Catherine Booth preschool.
 
The Children received stickers from our friends in Australia :)

The children are now taking their delicious porridge wheat
mixed with millet to give the strength as the Sponsorship
Secretary watch them take the porridge. The cook is doing
a very nice work just to make sure the children are well fed.
  
We also managed to visit the pig project. they started with 6 pigs but now they are 18 pigs
and others are yet to be born 
 
 Sponsorship Secretary Capt. Violet Nyongesa giving the teachers and the
cook their Christmas gift and the Bonus and they went home smiling,
as seen from the Picture.
 
 Captain Violet Nyongesa Sponsorship Secretary presenting the gift and the
bonus to Mrs. leoncie Nyirahabimana and she was surprised because
she was not expecting that.
 
 
And also presenting it to Martha uwimana for the good work
they are doing in the preschool.
 
 
 Captain Violet Nyongesa is giving the cook the Christmas
and bonus for keeping our preschool children well by feeding them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monitoring visit to Catherine booth preschool, Kayenzi part 1

 On 18.07.2014 the journey started well from CHQ at
7.30.m. to Catherine Booth Preschool Kayenzi. We arrived
well and the teachers children and the Administrators
were really waiting for us.
It was a warm welcome to the Sponsorship Secretary
and the Education Secretary. It was the first time Sponsorship
Secretary was visiting the Preschool to check on the projects.
 
 
 
 

Preschool term 1 report 25 April 2014

Section Officers for Rutobwe and Catherine Booth preschool do their reporting at CHQ,
narrative and financial for the sponsored preschools
 
1. Every end of term I gather the Section Officers to do their reporting. We go through all
administration, teaching Finance Administration. Today was my last time to do so here in
Rwanda. Both Robert and I are so happy for all the capacity training we now see the result of,
 
2. Yes, and we do treat ourselves to tea... and lunch... and some laughs are neccessary
when doing finance... I do believe all officers know what I mean, haha ;D
 
 
 
3. I´m handing over to Salation Army Officer, Captain Dancille, who now will be in charge
of the new Education Department and we hope that a new Sponsorship secreatary will
come to join the Project and Sponsorship team.
 
4. Major Robert is the best teacher and so good at understanding numbers, expenses
and income, deficiancy and gain... I´m so glad he can take part of this part of my work.
 
5. Receipts, vouchers, income/ expenses sheets, support documentation, bank statement,
cash/ bank balance... so many things to do, but it helps us build transparency and
accountability. Don`t give up my friends, you are doing good
 
6. Toothbrushes to Rutobwe preschool Health program. The Children are taught hygiene
and health and it has great impact even on attendance, the children are healthier...
and they teach their families what them themselves learn in school. The same mini project
is going on at Catherine Booth prechool, now they have a wooden shelf where the tooth brushes
are personalised and each brush has its own space :)
 
Thanks for all beautiful tooth brushes we received. We need lots more, so if anyone has
connections within the dentist field, please send us some more. The health and hygiene
projects are definetely a hit!

Copyright text and photos: Anna-Maria Tuftstrom
can be used by permission for Salvation Army Media (send an e-mail to us and we´ll get
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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!

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)
 
 

Play time at Catherine Booth preschool

We visited Catherine Booth preschool yesterday - oh, what a joy! They were singing the
number song when I came, "one and two and three..."
 
The Children had some time for outdoor playing so they ran, played with toys
 
They used the swing and climbed the new wooden balance play equipments.


So of course we did a photo shoot :)  Smile!
 
The tricycles areused with much laugh and happy faces.

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.
 
 
Please, me too, take photo of me too! Look at my baby :)

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
 
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Photos and text Anna-Maria Tuftstrom/The Salvation Army Rwanda and Burundi Command
All use of text and photos allowed only within the Salvation Army
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Motor skills

We have bought by/tricycles to the preschoool in Kayenzi.
 
Thanks to a donor we could get material to assist our Children in their motor skills. It took
some time to find good bikes, but now there arefour bikes in place at Catherine Booth preschool.
We have decorated them with the Salvation Army sticker, so they look nice.
This is a big step in the development of the standard for the preschools here in Rwanda.
Today, this is the only preschool with this Equipment. Thank you for providing this for the Children

You can see them in use in the blog entry "playtime at Catherine Booth preschool)
 
Copyright:
Photos and text; Anna-Maria Tuftström. May be used within the Salvation Army media and Sponsorship contact
 

Didactic materials is hard to find...

so we were very happy when Captain Jean Damascene came and said
he had been informed of a little wood shop who makes some materials.
I asked him to find out where to find the shop after we had had our preschool
reporting done for term 1.
In Kigali there are no addresses like the ones I am used of in Sweden.
Here you get a phone number and someone will guide you to the house or
place you are looking for. That means you have to know the area well so
you can understand the directions...
Oh, well, we knew where the Kigali Memorial Museum is, so that was easy.
Then a young man stands on the right side of the street with a phone to his
ear and points for us to turn right up a hill...
Behind a high fence we found the wood shop! This is like winning the lottery,
I tell you. I was very happy to find the place.
 
The first thing I noticed was the color... or colors... red, yellow and blue...
the toys looked so "happy" in the bright colors. Big outdoor carusells...
We were introduced to the owner and he showed us very proudly all the
things he was making together with his staff.
 
Here he is by the big laminator that can make plastic posters in big size
-like the one on the wall of Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
He said that the Ministry of Education has his name as a dealer with
didactics materials and Captain Jean Damascene could tell him that
was where he had gotten the information, from local government education
officers in Kayenzi Sector.
 
Here they make all kinds of things that I would take for granted to find
in a preschool at home. In the preschools we support in Rwanda this
would be a blessing and often too expensive materials to buy.
 
Here, he said is something to help children understand more and less;
about sizes and mass...
 
Here is something to help them "see" the numbers and what they mean...
 
Captain Jean damascene found triangle, quadrant, rectangel, circle...
 
and some beautiful building blocks in different shapes and colours...
 
More counting...
 
and some wodden pictures of the animals of Africa with a picture and
the type of animal written in kinyarwanda...
 
Outside we saw the popular but very expensive carusells that some schools
have in their playground and when we were invited to the metall shop there
was a seesaw (gungbräda in Swedish) for four children, two on each side
being constructed.
 
After seing it all and receiving a broschure, which is unusual, we started
to leave when we saw some sign posts... A sign like this is what we are
looking for to put up at the new Corps Hall in Kigali, Batsinda.
Mr Francois, our Project Administrator was nice to pose beside it so we
can plan for getting one with the red shield.

This has been a very blessed day, the Captain said when we left. 
With us we brought some materials, because of course we want to invest
and provide in Catherine Booth preschool, Kayenzi Corps and Section 
- that is where Captain Jean Damascene is stationed. I agreed and said:
Yes, this has been a good day!
 
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Teacher´s Training - the very first in the Command

Teachers need to meet, teachers need to talk about how to teach, when to teach, how to teach and play... So after  their requests of this we tried to make it happen. In April we met for the first time in the Command history to a two day Teacher´s Training and Fellowship.
 
The two days were filled with activities, food and fellowship :)
 
The teachers got to meet each other, share the joys and challanges as teachers, and to share ideas for lessons that they do with the children.
 
Seminars, discussions and fellowship filled the time. We talked about...
The Children protection Law that Rwanda has approved as law:
 
 
We talked about gender equality, of how we want to treat the children in our care:
 
We also talked about  how to protect the children and ourselves as staff from physical, emotional and sexual  abuse and violation tpwards children (and of course the same rules are applied for us adults in our relationships to colleagues and parents)
 
Creativity and Inspiration was also on the program...
We made crackers from toilet rolls and the covering paper from the toiletrolls.
 
 
A dove from whatever paper you can find will be a beautiful installation when you hang them all in the ceiling...
 
 
We also encouraged the preschools to see what they can do to have a better environment.
 
 

                                                                                                                                                          Good chairs and tables, books, routines, health and hygiene... Group activities and changing environment by moving furniture for different activities.
 
Also to make it nice outside, to plant trees and flowers and vegetables and to learn about nature science.
 
Some of the teachers do not know so much about the Salvation Army so they got some insight of this church by Captain Dancille.

´They got the history, some teaching and the  Mission as church...
 
Two Section Officers, Captain Theobold and Captain Jean Damascene had a seminar about the curriculum from Rwanda Education Ministry that we expect the teachers to use.
 
The time flies and all too soon it was time to leave for home. The participants got a certificate and a book with all documentation from the course to use in their every day life as teachers in the preschools.
 
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Dolls on the way!

I asked you for dolls... as I said, here you can only find dolls with very light skin color and I want the children to identify with their dolls so... a girl in Sweden asked her mother if she could help by baking and giving her Christmas present to this instead of getting a lot of presents herself...
She and her friends collected money and sold bread and did all sorts of contributions to be able to buy some dolls.
 
First they thought they could buy maybe four dolls, than they added some more...
 
and finally they have now told me they are sending 13!!! dolls. Isn´t that fantastic!!! Thank you so much!
Now I will keep an eye on the three packages on their way with the Swedish postal service...
 
It will take a month for them to get here, so pray that they will arrive unopened and undamaged :)
Again, thank you for sharing these childrens life in Rwanda and Burundi
 
These photos cannot be shared without permission by Sponsorship Secretary.
Photos and Copyright: Helena Andersson
 
 

Finalists in the Drawing Competition

Sixteen drawings are now in the finale,
eight preschools have entered about 575 drawings... Now Colonel Jamiya, our Command President for Women´s Ministries will be chairman of the work of the jury.
 
Five jury members will choose the 1-3 place. To make this a fair competition I have erased the name and school in each drawing, so nobody in the jury will know what child has made the drawing or which school the child attends... The winner will be announced in the end of the month :) 
 
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