During the 1994 Rwandan genocide, almost all of the schools were destroyed and many of the teachers were killed. An entire generation lost the chance for an education. Some students were able to go back to school with help from the government, but in recent years this well has dried up, leaving them again without hope for an education or a future.
World Dance for Humanity works hard to raise the funds each year to make sure that the young people in the communities we serve can go to school. When we started our program in 2013, most of the students we helped were in primary school – a few in high school. All that has changed, now that the families we’re working with have a dependable income and the means to send their children to primary school. We are now making it possible for 212 Rwandan students to attend school – 17 Primary, 132 Secondary, 6 Vocational, and 57 College students. We’re able to do this with the help of our Student Sponsors, Thriller proceeds, and donations.
Our Rwanda Team meets with the students three times during the year to check up on their progress and offer extra support where needed. In December, we hold a three-day Student Leadership Training for the high school and college students. It is an extraordinary, life-changing experience for the participants, giving them the skills, knowledge, and confidence to become the leaders of their communities. Click here to see the 2017 Student Leadership Training Report.
Each of our students has a WD4H Sponsor they communicate with during the year. It is so meaningful to the students to know there is someone who cares about their education and their future, and they are incredibly grateful for the chance they have been given. Becoming a Sponsor is easy! All you need to do is write your student a few times a year and send a few photos by email via Janet. The relationship you will build with your student will be life-changing for both of you! It costs about $100/year for primary school, $350/year for high school, $1,000/year for college. Most of our Sponsors cover all or part of the cost for their student to go to school, but this is not required. If a Sponsor cannot afford their student’s tuition, WD4H will cover the cost through Thriller and donations.
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