Preschools Updates in Rwanda

Rwimiyaga,John Gowans Preschool children playing on their swings given by our donors. Much appreciated by the government sector and the parents.
The Corps officer for John Gowans Rwimiyaga uploading the food for the Preschools. The School is sponsored by the Netherlands territory
The second Picture is for Catherine Booth preschool sponsored by AUS territory children receiving food form the Salvation army. Sponsorship secretary Major Violet Nyongesa handing the food to The school Administrator Captain Mudenge
Rwanda have 9 Preschools that are running now. 5 of them being sponsored and 4 none - Sponsored but being supported with small donations to keep them going. The 4 none Sponsored are  supported by the SAWSO and from AUS .
The third picture are the children from Rutobwe Preschool sponsored by AUS territory playing
Still Rutobwe preschool receiving their food from the salvation army and the children plus parents are very much happy and they do appreciate for the work the salvation army is doing.
The Sponsorship Secretary has just arrived at Gituro  Nyagatare and the School Administrator is uploading food for the Preschool
Still Gituro Preschhol Now food has been uploaded.


Children receiving food now. You can see how they are happy.
This is the Salvation hall for Rubuye Preschool where the Children also are learning from. They have 80 Children attending the preschool with two classes. One learning from the office and the other one from the hall, With 2 teachers .
The Children are ready to receive the sponsorship secretary Major Violet Nyongesa
Now talking to the children before giving them food stuffs from our Donors,AUS Territory.
Food being removed from the truck at Bitare preschool.
The Children are very happy and just wished the porridge could be prepared.


The Schools Administrators and teachers ready for the workshop that took place on 18.01.2018 at CHQ at 8.30 a.m. and ended up at 2.30 p.m. It was o one day workshop for all the 9 Preschools in Rwanda and Burundi Command informing them about the closure of this Projects and what their sustainability is towards the Projects.
Singing as they wait to welcome the GS who was starting with the Bible word and later teach about the contacts and administrations
Fs teaching about Preschools Finance and self support and many of them had a lot of questions to ask about the self support.
The Administrators and teachers taking their ten o'clock tea before they can continue with the workshop.
The Sponsorship Secretary and Education Coordinator also taught them concerning the schools and Sponsorship money


This is Bitare preschool situated in bitare village having 33 Children attending the Preschool and it's run by the parents who thought it wise to have a preschool there since the children were going far which was dangerous to them. Sponsorship secretary Major Violet Nyonesa together with lt. Yvonne with the children and their teacher
The Children are happy ause whenever they see the Sponsorship they know something has come and its true we took them food from the donations from AUS since they are none Sponsored



Started with parents. And the parents committee is put in place to monitor the running of the school.

The school has 80 Children attending the Preschool from 43 last year

•   The Preschool is not sponsored but the TSA support in small things like when the donations come. We buy them materials, such as learning materials tables and chairs for both children and the teachers.

The school is really struggling on their own to pay the two teachers, but its not easy.

•   Sometimes the teachers do not get all their salaries.

From the donations sent to us

•   Rubuye Preschool is able to take porridge at school and sit on good nice chairs and tables.

The Children are too many and the government has given warning not to learn from the TSA hall but to have their own classrooms where the children and the teachers can enjoy while learning
Challenges faced in Rubuye Preschool : Not sponsored, No Classrooms, Teachers sometimes not paid because the parents cannot afford, No Porridge,



In 2012, after seeing that there was a challenge of children who were in the community, without any proper care the Salvation Army, Rubuye outpost encouraged the parents to start a preschool using the hall of the Salvation Army. It started with 100 children. It has now 1 teacher. This school is self supporting; there is no other source of income apart from school fees which is very low. This money is used to pay the teacher. They don’t have classrooms, playground, they don’t have feeding programme and some children just come from home without taking anything because of poverty
Rubuye preschool is in the southern Part of Rwanda in Kamonyi District.  The area did not have  a preschools around since the children were walking long distance to school and very early which is not safe to them. The parents committee is put in place to for see the development of the school and to make sure that the parents are paying school fees for their children so that the teachers can get their salaries.
Rubuye preschool is not sponsored by the salvation Army, but it assists them to get learning materials and other things things like desks and chairs as we did this year from the donations sent to us from AUs territory. we also provided them porridge for one term
the school has 80 Children attending the preschool from 43 children last year. You see the number is really growing tremendously. The school is really struggling on their own to pay the teachers, but it's not easy to them. sometimes the teachers do not get all their salaries but they never stop working. They are committed.
The school is facing challenges of classrooms and the government has given them warning not to use the hall as classroom but have separate place for the children.


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.



The child without uniform is total orphan no one to take care of him. He depends on the preschool where he gets happiness.
It was wonderful visiting Rubuye Preschool that is none sponsored but only supported by the parents.  03.09.2016 was a good day for me and the Education coordinator plus the section officer to visit Rubuye in order to see what is going on there. But our main aim was to take them Preschool materials e.g. books, pencils, pens and so many other things. It has 44 children attending the Preschool with two teachers. The parents are really struggling to pay the teachers and they pray that one day they will get someone to lean on. We had wonderful time with the children as shown below. There are so many challenges they are facing. Like paying the teachers, no classrooms and the government have warned them not to start the year in the hall. We are praying that they get help from well wishes, The school has nice children and competent teachers

Money for just one Gift - Feeding program in Butundi District.

The feeding program covered 70 families from Burundi. and the big community was able to benefit from the Salvation Army


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


These took place on 25th of January 2016 at Chq with the teachers, Administrators of the preschools. The Workshop started with the words of encouragement from the Officer Commanding Lt Col Seth Appeateng . The Topics covered that day were: [1].  Administration/Management, taught by the officer Commanding,
                                                 [2.]. Self - Support taught y the Finance secretary Cpt. Leonard Nyongesa.
Later at 10.30 a.m. we shared tea together as fellowship. at around 11.15. we entered the second session. Lesson
                                                [3] The relationship between Administrators  and the teachers taught by the general Secretary Major Dieudonne Louzolo.
                                                [4]. Projects by Mr. Francois
                                                [5]. Time and lateness to duty by Capt. Jean damascene[CYO]. And lastly,
                                                 [6]. Sponsorship Money  and materials by sponsorship secretary Capt. Violet Nyongesa. The workshop was successful and everybody was happy and satisfied with all the lessons learnt. We also had fellowship in sharing food together.  And it ended up at around 4 p.m.







Term 3 started on 17th August and ended on 6th Nov 2015, and it was time for the Section officers to come for preschool reporting term3. The time available was according to the school year plan.  On 17.11.2015, Section officers, and Lt from Rutobwe and Runda arrived at the CHQ ready for preschool reporting. We shared 10 o’clock tea, before starting the reporting and this was the best reporting since all the school Administrators were present from all our six sponsored preschools. These are: Rubirizi sponsored by Sweden/Latvia territory, Catherine Booth, sponsored by AUS territory,Gituro,Nyagatare sponsored by AUS,John Gowans sponsored by Netherlands territory,Rutobwe Preschool, sponsored by AUS territory, and Rondo the latest sponsored by AUS. We shared our tea with our General Secretary Major Dieudonne Louzolo and CSWM. Major Edith Louzolo together with our workers.


The reporting started at 10.30, with encouraging words from our General Secretary. The word came from Hebrews 13:17 saying obey your leaders and follow their orders. It was very touching indeed and there after he prayed together with us before we can start. The reporting was done by Sponsorship Secretary Captain Violet Nyongesa, Finance Secretary Captain Leonard Nyongesa and Education secretary Captain Dancille Mukafuraha. We were checking the Bank statements, Bank Slips, receipts, Statistics, Narrative report, Challenges, Finance book, attendance book, Class diary.



Rubirizi preschool is in the Kayonza district. It has 2 teachers and one cook who is also dealing with the collection of school fees and writing the receipts book. 53 Children are attending the preschool. But 7 of them are sick.

46 Children have paid school fees, 46,000 per term but 7 have not paid.


Receipt book: well written and it is neat.

Bank slips:  Well organized and was presented well.

Bank statements:  Not given since the signatories were changed. Only leadership is given since they are the signatories.

Finance book: The book is neat and well balanced. Children are paying well the school fees. Money pad term 3 is 234,300 Rfw.

Budget:  No budget was presented for 2016. It will be decided later.

Narrative report:  It was presented well and well written indicating what is taught in preschool and the activities done. The children are taught Pre Maths, Pre English, and Kinyarwanda. Activities: Games $sports, building a tower, and hide game.

Statistics: Sept, 904, Aug 264, Oct 801. Then Boys: 23 and Girls: 30.

Expenses:  Rubirizi were given 341,000Rwf, for the term 3 budget and it was all used attach the receipts well.

Class diary:  It is written well and is very neat. The teachers know what they are doing.

School curriculum is used, morning devotion is done and staff meeting is held every Friday.

Lesson preparation book: was seen and the lessons are prepared well.

Attendance book:  It is Okay. The attendance term 3 is 172


Challenges: Increment of teachers’ salaries.

  • They want to know the Social security number.
  • Lack of classrooms.
  • School Play ground
  • Some children are not paying school fees.
  • No proper school shoes.

Achievements: Children are clean and smart.

Ø  They are taught well and wish to have their own primary school.

Ø  The school management is doing well.

Ø  Section Officer captain Obed is doing well making follow ups  frequently

Ø  The amount of money they have in the bank to date is 1,037,000 Rwf.



Led by Lt Jean Bosco.  It has 50 children attending preschool with one teacher and one cook. Receipt Book: No receipt book used term 3 because of thechildren not payingwell. The term 2 receipt book got finished, and therefor they have to request it for next year.


Bank slips: Bank slips were submitted and they were ok and the money deposited term 3 is 62,000 Rfw.

Bank Statements: Not submitted since Lt Bosco is not a signatory. 30,000 are reflected on the bank statement but 32,000 is not reflected because it was banked later. It will be reflected to the next bank statements.

Finance Book:  The book was presented during the reporting but it was not easy to audit since there was no receipt book. Children who have paid school fees term 3:

  • 27 Children paid 2,000[54,000]
  • 8 Children paid 1,000[8,000]
  • 15 Children have not paid.
  • TOTAL: 62,000Rwf.


Way forward for those who have not paid: The Lt called the parents and they discussed together the problem and they promised to pay. The Children cannot go to primary without report card.

Deposits to Bank: First term: 90, 000, Second term: 76,000 and third term: 62,000=228,000Rwf.


Narrative report:  well written indicating the subjects taught and the activities done in preschool.

Interested Stories: Received donations for levelising the ground. Has one classroom with two doors one for the handicapped.


Challenges:  Need of another teacher to assist teacher Nadine who is struggling with 50 children with various ages.

  • Sports materials needed


  • Swings and playground [This will attract a lot of children to      school]


Problems Facing Rutobwe Preschool.  Paying school fees is a problem, so the Lt has decided that the parents will be paying in two terms and third term is only learning.



They now have a classroom

v  The account is trying to be ok though there is little problem in the account. The corps officer will bring the letter indicating the problem.

v  The teacher is trying so hard to improve the standard of the school.

v  Tailoring Class has started in Rutobwe and it is doing well.


      Boys: 30

      Girls: 20

      Teacher: 1

      Cleaner: 1


Expenses and Receipts attached. Was well used because the money they were given for term 3 budget was 267,000 and was all used well and the receipts attached well.

Class Diary. Not brought but they have it.


Attendance Book. Well written and well kept.

NB: Rutobwe preschool is doing well despite of the teacher handling the 50 children alone. The school Administrator is doing fine. They really need a teacher by next year to take over one classroom.     


Violet Nyongesa Captain            Dancille Mukafuraha Captain

Sponsorship secretary                 Education Secretary.



I am Captain Violet Nyongesa Sponsorship Secretary Rwanda and Burundi Command. I am vey happy for the work done in our Preschools. I just want to take this opportunity on behalf of our Leader Officer Commanding Lt.Col Seth Appeateng to appreciate all our donors who have taken their time, money prayer to dedicate them to our preschools. We really appreciate so much for the wonderful work you are doing for our Preschools. On behalf of all our preschools we ay THANKYOU! very much and may God bless you and your families and the entire Salvation Army.
as the Year is ending I just want to wish you a vey wonderful Christmas and happy New year. Always visit our to see what God is doing in Rwanda Preschools. I am smiling because of what God is doing in our preschools and in our Command. God as you bless others don't forget to bless our donor partners and meet their heart desires. Bless also those dealing with Child sponsorship all over the world.


Visited Rubirizi 27 .10.2015. The Children attending preschool are 53 and 30 will be going to primary. Rubirizi preschool is doing well and the teachers are committed in their work. But challenges that they are facing is that the salary is too small and the cost of living is too expensive. Because they earn 25,000 each which is equivalent to $50. They don't have classrooms, they use the salvation Army as a classroom and learning is not easy. They have divided the hall in two for P1 and P2 concentration not easy. They always pray to get someone who can change their lives by increasing their salaries and even having classrooms. And even to have bonus to appreciate their work. Parents also came to look way forward for the preschool after finishing the preparation of the land where classrooms will be constructed.
The problems facing the preschool is that they don't have playing equipment and the school is just near the road and the children are always playing near there. The children come to school with no proper school shoes, most of them put on plastic sandals. Just see the shoes . If we can get a donation for shoes then we can really appreciate for that so  that they look uniform.


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.


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