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SCHOOL DEDICATION CEREMONY VISIT (July 2019)

We returned to Rwanda in July 2019 for the dedication of the new school to the children and families of Nkuzuzu. What an event!

What once was a grassy side of a mountain, is now the home of 2 school buildings and a church / community center. Over 300 people attended this nearly 3-hour event, including the Archbishop Mbanda (for the Anglican Church of Rwanda), along with some local government officials. As the Archbishop stated, this will now be a gathering place for the people of Nkuzuzu, where they will go to church, attend weddings, hold special events and their children will get an education. Because there are now 2 school buildings, we learned that there is now a better chance for the community to get running water and more government assistance (supplies, teachers, etc.).

We were surrounded by the community as we cut the ribbon to the new school and unveiled the plaque. There is no question that this will be a place that will change lives, year-in and year-out. Some will no longer needed to walk 8 km (each way) if they want to attend school. Joy, excitement and appreciation filled the air.

Near the end of the event, we had a surprise special announcement for everyone. We committed to funding another school, which was met with more excitement! We then handed out some items to the children and teachers that were donated by Wake Forest University along with a few hundred balloons from burton+BURTON ... a requirement for a celebration like this and the children absolutely loved it!

INITIAL VISIT & SCHOOL TOURS (June 2018)

In the summer of 2018, the Weaving Hope team visited three separate Rwandan preschools. The aim of the visits was to get a better sense of the needs of the students and the communities in which they live. Despite the minimalistic learning conditions that we observed, we found incredibly happy children and very involved teachers. We also had a more important reason for our visits - delivering large bags of food from the Hope on A Thousand Hills Agriculture Program.

BUMBOGO PRESCHOOL
On our first stop, we visited the Bumbogo Preschool, where our arrival was greeted by 150 children singing native songs. The children literally held our hands as they showed off their school. Their schoolhouse was the prototype of the design for the Weaving Hope mission. In addition to the bags of food, we also brought a few surprises for the children. Wake Forest University, in the spirit of "Pro Humanitate", sent along hats, frisbees and small coin purses, which were received with great excitement. Of course, all kids love balloons, regardless of where they live!  Who better than to provide balloons than Burton+Burton®, one of the largest balloon distributors in the world. We inflated tons of balloons (for all 3 schools), which were a huge hit, as you can see in these pictures. Carson Dellosa, another Weaving Hope supporter, made sure that the preschool's teachers were not forgotten in the gift-giving. A leading provider of supplemental education products, the Greensboro (NC)-based supplier sent along boxes of educational stickers for classroom use.  Carson Dellosa “understands that learning is everywhere.”

NKUZUZU PRESCHOOL
Rwanda is knowns as "the land of a thousand hills." The next school on our tour, sits on the side of one such hill, demonstrating the Rwandan landscape perfectly. The preschool is located in Nkuzuzu, a strikingly beautiful, but extremely rural area where transportation is often difficult. The school house consists of one room, a blackboard, benches, concrete floor, a partial foundation meant for a second room ... and LOTS of balloons after we departed! More happy children, led by a great teacher and supported by Hope on A Thousand Hills!

KIBAGABAGA PRESCHOOL
The last stop of our tour was the Kibagabaga Preschool in Kigali, located on the grounds of the Anglican Church. The connection between the students and their teachers was obvious to see. The teachers seemed endlessly (and tirelessly) engaged with the children. We were serenaded with songs and played a game of Simon Says (the language barrier making the game only slightly more challenging). More balloons. More smiles. And a much deeper understanding of community needs and the hope that we can be weaving.

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Nkuzuzu Preschool Classroom
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Kibagabaga Preschool Teacher
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Balloons are fun anywhere! 
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The Bumbogo Singers!
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Heading Home!
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Hello from Kibagabaga!