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 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


MONITORING VISIT TERM 3 JOHN GOWANS RWIMIYAGA 04.11.2015

 
It was time for Sponsorship Secretary Captain Violet Nyongesa to visit John Gowans Preschool for term 3 monitoring visit to see the development of the school and the problems facing the preschool. On 04.11.2015,Sponsorship secretary, Education Secretary Captain Dancille Mukafuraha and Strategic planning coordinator Captain Emmanuel Ndagajimana had a privilege to visit John Gowans preschool that is sponsored by Netherlands territory.
We started our journey from Chq at 6.30a.m and arrived there at 10.00 a.m. We got teachers children and the Administrator of the school waiting for us and they welcomed us well. We had time to talk to the children and the teachers and later we remained with teachers only .We  discussed the problems facing the school at large and why the children are moving from our school. The main answer was there are no classrooms and the Salvation Army multipurpose hall they were using as classroom was destroyed by heavy wind due to heavy raining that is raining.
This is the view of John Gowans  preschool and this is the multipurpose hall that the roof was carried away by the wind.

Government Official talking to the parentd and children

DDwm also addressing the parents.
 
 
During the ceremony there was one of the government Official from education sector who came to witness what the salvation is doing to children.

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 www.youtube.com you can search for Rutobwe preschool, copy or click the link:   http://youtu.be/dFWEpDPTEZM and you will be able to watch a short film from Rutobwe preschool.
 
If you go to www.youtube.com you can either write "Gituro Projects film AT dator" or copy
the link http://youtu.be/kODXMMunpj0  and you will reach a short film from Gituro, Nyagatare
 
 
If you write "Rubirizi hall and preschool project AT 2014 dator" or copy the linkhttp://youtu.be/8boHANFdnUM
you will get the Rubirizi film.
 
If you write Rwimiyaga preschool or copy the linkhttp://youtu.be/n5VA-ORa8bs  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. http://youtu.be/UD1fZay6Wcw
 
 
 
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:
anna-maria_tuftstrom@rwa.salvationarmy.org
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!
 
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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
preschool.

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
 
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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
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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:
WELCOME! MURAKAZA NEZA!
 
:)
Mj Anna-Maria



Just because... :)

JOHN GOWANS PRESCHOOL  DRUMMER BOYS

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

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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And some more African Babies delivered to happy children

On our last visit to John Gowans preschool we handed over the "Swedish and African baby dolls". Thanks to a Christmas present sent from a Swedish girl and her family and friends, 13 African dolls arrived to be given to the preschools.

And as we predicted the children (and adults) were so fascinated and happy for the dolls.
Three dolls were given, and the children did not want to let go of them. 
 
Teacher Mr Alexis and Mrs Claudine were in the middle of the test, all preschool children
have to do test according to age some times, according to Education Ministry Curriculum
and today Mr Alexis proudly presented some tests for Major Robert and me.
 
One child had a perfect score, and that is really good. Here preschool is still what the word
says- a school before school and learning by listening and repeating what is taught is a
big part of the curriculum.
 
 
When the teachers came to Teachers Training in April they asked for scissors, and this
time I could find some in Kigali, so we are going to give them these next time we visit the school.
 
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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
 
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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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