Bright School began in Muhanga, Rwanda, when Louise Batamuriza, a Rwandan teacher, set up a preschool class in a rented house with just one box of 24 crayons. Louise called Jan Brown, an early childhood educator Louise had worked with in the USA, to “Come help!” With that, TEACH Rwanda was born in early 2012.
TEACH Rwanda now operates five bustling preschool classes as well as Primary 1 & 2 (first and second grades) at Bright School. Children from all walks of life attend, from the wealthy to the most vulnerable. Children read books, write original stories in their journals, solve math problems when they build with blocks, and discover scientific principles when they play in sand and water. Education officials and organizations are amazed to see children at Bright write stories at an age when most children in Rwanda are still learning to spell their names.
But Bright School PRIMARY is at risk if we do not raise $170,000 by the middle of August. Rwanda’s national educational standards are being enforced with increased strictness. All primary schools must be in buildings constructed to be schools. To move from the rented house to a formal school, we must raise $170,000 to construct the core building of our new campus.
TEACH Rwanda began working toward this looming deadline by partnering in 2016 with the Gitarama Presbytery. The Presbytery has land in Muhanga, and we have been planning and raising money for the new campus since then.
The architectural drawings were complete a year ago, and a construction permit from the District was granted. With the money raised initially, the foundation and part of the core building was started. Now construction has come to a halt—until the rest of the money is raised.
Please help us achieve our goal and get construction workers back to work, continue operating primary classes at Bright, and keep TEACH Rwanda’s mission to educate Rwandan teachers alive. No donation is too big or small.
Bright School, our Exemplary School in Muhanga, in partnership with the Gitarama Presbytery and Eglise Presbyterienne au Rwanda (EPR), is building a permanent home. The campus, built on land provided by the Presbytery, will feature
· 3 nursery school classrooms
· 12 primary classrooms
· a national Teacher Development center
· an English chapel and meeting room
· a kitchen
· offices for the Presbytery, Bright School, & TEACH Rwanda
Donate Now Through PayPal - Choose from these levels:
Legacy BuilderSponsor a classroom—$15,000
Fresh-Air LeaderErect a wall with two windows and a door—$3,500
Memory MakerBuild an interior wall—$1,500
Mover and ShakerHaul a wheelbarrow full of bricks—$500
Muscle MoverCarry an armload of bricks—$50
Tradition SetterForm an earthen brick—$10
Every brick counts! Your donation will leave a lasting, tangible legacy for Rwanda’s children!
To mail in your donation:
1. Download the Donation form.
2. Complete the form
3. Mail the form with your check to
1787-C Chateau Place
Easton, PA 18045-5473
Post Box 91, Muhanga
South Province, Rwanda
Make checks payable to TEACH Rwanda.
Set up your automatic deposit to TEACH Rwanda’s account at Embassy Bank for the Lehigh Valley. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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