We thought you might want to know what’s happening in Gitumba.

Marcelline Hakuzimana is in the afternoon class at Kukobhero. She is doing chores for her family in the morning, but will make the one hour walk to the school soon. When asked about the new classroom, she replied "it will be very good because the school is so close, only ten minutes" If she does the morning class, she says "we have to wake up very early to get to school" It takes her 40 - 60 minutes to reach Kukobhero, depending on conditions. Marcelline is in primary 5, and her favourite subject at school is Kinyarwandan and Maths. She like the teaching kits for maths.

Remember the school blueprint plans we shared with you in August?

The building plans for Classroom of Hope's Child Friendly Classrooms.

Since then, 25 local workers have been building Gitumba Primary School.

A Construction Leader poses for Classroom of Hope between tasks.

Take a look at what they’ve done!

Progress on the new Classrooms can clearly be seen.

The school is expected to be complete early 2017.

The new classrooms at Gitumba are progressing well, and should be finished in a month.

Which means that when Theresie Mukankusi’s kindergarten class is ready for primary school next year they won’t have to journey to the next village to get there.

Theresie Mukankusi kindergarten class will never have to face a one walk each way to school once they are ready for primary school. The new classroom built by Classroom of Hope means that there is now room for them all at newarby Gitumba.

It also means that students like Marcelline, who currently walk the long journey to school, won’t have to anymore. They will have access to quality education in their own village.

Marcelline Hakuzimana is in the afternoon class at Kukobhero. She is doing chores for her family in the morning, but will make the one hour walk to the school soon. When asked about the new classroom, she replied "it will be very good because the school is so close, only ten minutes" If she does the morning class, she says "we have to wake up very early to get to school" It takes her 40 - 60 minutes to reach Kukobhero, depending on conditions. Marcelline is in primary 5, and her favourite subject at school is Kinyarwandan and Maths. She like the teaching kits for maths.

Thank you to all those who made this project possible!

Gitumba - Students

 

We’d like to send out a very special thank you to our field photographer Geoff Bartlett. Geoff was in Rwanda for alternative work but he made a special trip to Gitumba to capture all these beautiful photos and report on the progress.

#BagWalkers are going the distance. We’re half way there!

We are officially 4 weeks into our #BagWalkers campaign with 4 weeks left to go. 36 #BagWalkers have been walking, running, cycling, playing soccer, travelling, camping, exploring,hiking, fishing, DJing, teaching yoga, dancing, golfing and playing music with their bags. These bags are living the dream! Check out some of the wild and wonderful adventures they’ve been going on.

Kate Simpson fishing with #Bag13 in Denmark, Western Australia.
Jimmy Clothier after running 21km in the Darlington Half Marathon with #Bag32
Megan Grossi taking in the Toronto skyline with #Bag36

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jan Courtin in beautiful Vancouver with #Bag28

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David Smith rode his bike with #Bag35 for 30km from Claremont to Burns Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sam Maher busked around Perth playing a rare and unique instrument called a hangdrum with #Bag27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our #BagWalkers are inspiring and surprising us daily with their passion, creativity and sheer determination to raise the funds needed to build this school for the children of Gitumba. We are just under half way to our goal of raising $80,000. With 4 weeks left of the #BagWalkers campaign we know we can reach our target. Keep up the posts, passion and perseverance #BagWalkers!

On this lovely Tuesday morning, we’d like to leave you with this hilarious and inspiring video put together by #BagWalker Derek Grossi. He’s trekking 40km with this bag wearing whatever his highest donator tells him to wear…we are eagerly awaiting how this turns out! Stay tuned.