Nyagatare Preschool - Nyagatare
The Salvation Army built 70 homes for returning refugees on the land the Government gave the Salvation Army. A preschool was commenced in the hall in 2009 and now 55 children attend the school. The parents committee determined that the parents contribute 1000 Rwfs ($1.70 USD) per month for each child to pay the teacher’s salary. This is a poor rural area where parents have limited income.
The preschool had no tables or desks and the only other furniture in the room was a blackboard and long benches for the children to sit on.
On a recent visit by the local coordinator, one little girl was out the front at the blackboard using a stick from the ground as a pointer and the other children were reciting the numbers after her. The teacher’s only equipment was three broken pieces of chalk and a small textbook she had bought herself. They were asked to sing and the children immediately began smiling and clapping – their demeanor changed completely and they stood up and sang so confidently and moved with such natural rhythm while they danced.
The sponsorship money would be used for:
teaching materials, food (porridge), cooking utensils, cook, toys, balls