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In our November Newsletter we highlight the 12 week solo visit of three 18 year olds from Aberdeen in South-West Rwanda.
Their daily blog may be of interest as it shows life in Mihabura primary school and district hospital called Mibirizi.
Mibirizi hospital placement: https://rwanda20162016.wordpress.com/2016/
Mihabura primary school placement: https://rsvpcharitybugarama.wordpress.com/author/rsvpcharityvisit/page/2/
Following emails from some of you in relation to safeguarding issues raised in latest child abuse cases, a section on safeguarding is included in the Newsletter - full agreement terms with various guests will appear on our website soon. We are certainly playing our part to raise awareness in Bugarama.
Many thanks to Catriona's parents for trusting our unpaid local volunteers and RSVP to look after their precious 18 year old daughter. We hope it's been a worthwhile and mutually beneficial experience.
RSVP Charity Newsletter is attached. It has news of £45,000 investment in 2016 due to partnerships with Kintore Rotary Club (Scotland), Kemnay Academy (Scotland) and Hands Around the World (Jersey).
We can also now report further £60,000 grant from Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, through Hands Around the World, to build further 10 classrooms in Kibangira and Nyakagoma in 2017...!
With the sacrificial help of our donors and volunteers we are truly changing lives for good, through Education. For example, please see in the attached newsletter how early education for impoverished boys and girls is being used to tackle child malnutrition. Without expensive cumbersome bureaucracy of mainstream aid, it's amazing what a few pennies can do!
Speaking of money, RSVP has had issues with our bank since July 2016 (CAF bank https://secure.cafbank.org/). It's unclear at this stage whether other charities using this bank are facing the same administrative problems. So, we have been unable to acknowledge new donations or update our online account section. Trustees are working hard to get this issue resolved or referred to the regulator.
Finally, a medical team made of 3 to 4 consultants (anaesthetist and surgeon) and 2 juniors will travel to Mibirizi hospital summer 2017 for 3 to 4 weeks. If you'd like to be part of this team, please let us know (email@example.com).
In this month's newsletter, we see how with the help of Kintore Rotary and Kemnay Academy (Scotland), £15,000 is being allocated to improving the learning environment of the 19 year old Jack in Ryankana Primary school. At age of 19, Jack through no fault of his own, is still stuck in primary school: a good education is the best way of helping Jack help himself. About £30,000 will also be going to the Mihabura infrastructure in November 2016. Finally, 2 final year secondary school students from our partners Harlaw Academy and 1 first year St Andrews University student are considering 9-16 weeks placement in Bugarama to teach English and volunteer in health centres/rural hospital from August 2016.
In this month's newsletter, Mihabura primary school is starting 2016 counting their blessings and so grateful to so many of you who are enabling this school to be the centre of hope and aspiration for village boys and girls.
This month's Newsletter is like a photo book: 5 old classrooms are replaced by new ones worth just under 30 million Rwandan Francs (£30,000) from Hands Around the World (HATW). In 2016, further 5 classrooms worth similar amount of money will be built in Mihabura also funded by HATW.
This special edition of our newsletter contains news that our child Sponsorship scheme is due to rise from the initial 3 supported in 2007 to 110 by 2017. Though good news, we are under extreme pressure now to fund university.
This edition of our newsletter contains news of the acquisition of a 5 million Rwandan Francs (£5K) plot of land and the construction of 25 million Rwandan Francs (£25K) classrooms.
RSVP's March 2015 newsletter shows fantastic National test results, equivalent to 11 Plus exams in UK.Again here we show RSVP does not spend donors' money simply for doing good, though this in itself is commendable. Instead, donors' money is spent with a clearly anticipated quantifiable impact in mind. Please see the Newsletter for more details.
This edition of our newsletter specially targets our expanding Rwandan supporters and shows RSVP's commitment to critically appraise it's programmes. We constantly ask, with data at hand, "Does it work? Is it value for money"? Unlike the old cliche of Western Aid where people are contented with phrases such as "we are making a massive difference" without however stating exactly what that difference is or the relationship between that difference and the investment received, this newsletter asks tough questions and we are not hiding our mistakes.
Cette édition Française de notre bulletin vise spécialement notre grandissant groupe de supporters Rwandais et démontre l'engagement de RSVP à évaluer, de manière critique, ces programmes. Nous nous demandons en permanence "si cela marche? Si cela vaud l'argent dépensé"?Contrairement au vieux cliché de l'aide occidentale où les gens se contentent de phrases telles que "nous faisons une énorme différence", sans démontrer cette différence ce bulletin pose des questions difficiles et nous nous efforçons d’y répondre.
In this issue we look back on the Harlaw Rwanda 2014 visit, look towards a November 2015 trip and also discuss child sponsorship and a recent bag packing fundraising event in Aberdeen.
The National Newspaper has returned to Mihabura to enquire about RSVP and its projects. The article praises meals/porridge and credit RSVP for the reduction in absenteeism rates and excellent national test results.
Article in Imvaho newspaper reporting on the Mihabura School annual educational trip
Our September Newsletter highlights, amongst other things, Dr Charlie Hunter's experiences at Ryankana School in Rwanda.
Our August 2014 Newsletter shows our "obsession" with numbers which form the basis of our regular review questions: "Does it work, can it work better and is it value for money"?To educate a generation of Bugarama children out of poverty, RSVP strives to invest donors' money only in what works and as all Uk and Rwanda charity officials serve as unpaid volunteers, each penny does truly go a long way...!
April's newsletter highlights the Kemnay-Ryankana partnership - our rather heavy hearted dream for Ryankana pupils, and a Rwandan artist in a Harlaw Academy art lesson.
Also, Mrs Jean Main - one of our Trustees and retired nurse, is currently visiting RSVP projects in Bugurama, Rwanda. Please visit our new Facebook page to follow her updates.
Lastly, RSVP will be holding it's AGM on 2nd July 2014 at Harlaw Academy in Aberdeen. We would really be grateful if you could come along, take part in our discussions and also hear how we spent your money. Time still to be confirmed, but it will be in the evening.
This month, the highlight is on the Milking Cow Program, which is promising to be a good income generating source for sponsored children's families. In poor countries, it's children who help their parents. Not the other way around. So, as we help our sponsored children get through the equivalent of their A level, it's important we don't forget the burden they face both now and in the future due to their crippling family backgrounds.
This edition contains excellent news, including a grant of over £25,000 from Jersey Overseas Aid!
In this edition, we report excellent National Test results (Equivalent to 11 Plus), and demonstrate, once again, our commitment to assessing impact in a quantifiable way.
It's not good enough for us to tell our donors that their kind and sacrificial donations are "making a difference". It's what difference, how much of a difference and at what price that are the key!
This issue contains very sad news indeed: we look back as one of our sponsored children dies.
On a positive note, another Aberdeen school is joining our expanding partnerships in Scotland and beyond. And it's a real pleasure to partner up with Kemnay School.
Our October 2013 Newsletter demonstrates Educating our pupils Out of Poverty implies taking every opportunity to stimulate their brain, encourage hard work and health competition, and indeed broaden their horizons. The newsletter shows our children have, this time, done what is normally reserved for Muzungus (White tourists), thanks to Mr Colin Main who has recently returned on trip to Rwanda. I wholeheartedly recommend his reflection through this Newsletter.
In this edition, we highlight the burgeoning “free” skill transfer scheme, NMP (Milking Cow) Program and gifts that alight the face of the poor.
In this edition, we report on National Test Results, Nicol-MaCoull Program (NMP) and 2013 Rwanda Visits including Harlaw Academy's planned trip in May.
In this edition, we demonstrate how the Jean Main Program (JMP) and Nicol-MaCoull Program (NMP) fit into our School Village model - helping the needy help themselves.
In this edition, Bugarama children embark on a learning trip, leaving Bugarama at 6am!
This edition contains information on Bugarama sponsorships in 2012.
This newsletter contains notes from a presentation to Harlaw Academy on 26th June 2012.
This newsletter contains child sponsorship information, school reports and letters.
This newsletter has information on new sponsorships as well as information on selection policy.
This issue contains information on the Jean Main Program - Standing Up Against Childhood Malnutrition
This issue contains information on school meals, school league tables, a crumbling classroom and information on growing support and sponsorships.