Rotary Club support for Rwandan school

The four new classrooms at Ryankana School
The four new classrooms at Ryankana School

The Rotary Club of Kintore, Kemnay & District have assisted with the build of four new classrooms at a school in Rwanda.

The Club’s association with Ryankana School began when each house in Kemnay Academy decided to sponsor a pupil from Ryankana through their secondary education.

The head teacher asked the Club if they could do something to help the families of the pupils who all came from very poor families, so after a bit of consideration the Club decided to buy each family a pair of goats which was a sustainable way of helping them.

As the Club continued to work with the Academy they learned about the school, Rwandan Schools Village Project (RSVP), the Aberdeen-based charity that the Academy was working with, and also about the conditions that the pupils were being taught in.

A block of old mud brick classrooms which had been built many years ago were in a precarious condition having suffered from flood damage and were starting to fall down.

Along with the Academy, a £4,000 grant from Rotary and donations from other Rotary Clubs a total of £15,000 was raised and sent to RSVP in Rwanda early in 2016 to fund the build and furnishing of two classrooms.

Work started immediately and by the end of June the two classrooms were ready for use.

However four classrooms had been knocked down so again with the Club’s own funds, the aid of a second district grant of £2,500 and donations from other clubs, £10,300 was raised and was enough to build of the second two classrooms that were finished by the end of December.