December Newsletter 2014
Jacquie Mutabonwa. has now become a trustee in Rwanda. Jacquie is a retired business woman and her expertise is in knowing the government systems and running organisations such as ours. She will oversee the day to day running of the project and report to the Executive Trustees every week. She has been in post for twelve months and continues to professionally oversee all the activities.
We have now come to the decision that it is too difficult to run the farm so we have rented the land to some of the villagers who not only pay a regular reasonable rent but provide some food to the less well off in the village
The Borehole has been repaired and is now selling water to other nearby villages as well as servicing Musenyi
The Community Hall is now being used for Weddings, Community meetings, PTA meetings, Family Planning Clinics, Inoculation Clinics and Church Services as well as watching football on the TV we bought in 2010.
The Health Post is going from strength to strength. We are treating up to 900 patients for each of the last two months and have got such a good name for ourselves that we are treating people from up to 25 kms away who will come to us rather than go the health centre which is only 20 kms away.
Last year we expanded into P3 which is the first year of Primary by converting the canteen into a classroom and now for the new term starting in January 2015 we will use the hall during the mornings for the youngest Baby Class (5-6 years). We have 35 children in P3 and nearly 200 in our Infant school and we anticipate at least 35 going into P4. We are still trying to raise enough money to build 4 additional classrooms to expand into a complete Primary school so our children, as they progress and get older, do not have to go back to the State school as this would be detrimental to their progress in education.
Golf and Quiz Night
On the 3rd July. Golf and Quiz night has become a great annual event with over 70 people enjoying the 9 holes of golf in sunshine and a great meal and a very interesting Quiz. Many thanks to John York for all is great organisation and hard work that has made the day a fantastic event enjoyed by all. The charity made over £1000 which has been put towards the buying of text books, some teaching aids and school uniforms for the children whose parents cannot afford them. We are also hoping to raise enough through private donations to build the extra four classrooms for the expansion into the primary school as mentioned above. Our next Mid-Summer Medal is on the 1st July 2015.
Golf Day on the 17th September at East Sussex National. This again was a great success and we had 21 teams of four enjoying the West course at its best. Through the generosity of everyone we made £1800 on the day. Our next Invitation Golf Day is on the 9th September 2015.
The Project , as originally conceived , has now reached self-sufficiency, this means that the farm, borehole, Health Post, Meeting Hall and the school together can run without any regular contributions from us. However we still need donations to pay for building maintenance, books, teaching aids, paper, chalk, computers and all the everyday running items to keep the school at the top of its counterparts in Rwanda and are now looking for sponsors to fund the school expansion into primary education. We have just spent £1,500 on new books, desks and teaching aids for P4 and spent £500 on various maintenance work to the Community Centre as well as a new Printer Drum for the photocopier which was £80. With our donations this year we have over £2500 towards our new classrooms which will cost about £6.000 each. Please try to help us reach this goal so the children of Musenyi can have all their dreams realised.