Mission Possible UK
Newsletter Spring 2021
Star School: perplexed but rejoicing
Kabahire Nusery School: new beginnings, more rejoicing
The three classes of this school located in South West Rwanda had met in the single room church building. In my opinion, the head teacher is the best teacher in the world, engaging brilliantly with the children despite almost no resources. Thanks to a supporter, the school now has a new purpose-built classroom block, an equipped playground and what they call a 4-door toilet block. This school, with 111 pupils, was permitted to open in January and there was great rejoicing. School pictured to right.
WASH programme: Promoting human dignity and health
Decent housing: foundation to achieving human rights
One of the first projects I was involved in back in 1999 was building a village for child-headed families in Rwanda. Children as young as 10 were raising their younger siblings due to losing both parents in the 1994 genocide. Since then, we have supported school and church building projects but not housing. This is changing. Last year we built a house for a pastor on Ishwa Island and also a house for a family who had been living in their cowshed because their house had been destroyed by heavy winds. (See picture above right showing both new house and cow shed.) We have been invited to build more new homes for the historically marginalised people who live in the most appalling conditions (see picture of house to the right that Ruth and I have visited). I believe that compassion demands that we do something – indeed I feel in my bones that this may become part of our 2021 Christmas appeal! Of course, our long-term objective is to facilitate the historically marginalised people becoming self-sufficient and I am pleased to share that they have had good harvests at the three agricultural cooperatives that we support. But the truth is that most of the proceeds of these harvests are used towards meeting their most basic needs. President Jimmy Carter was so right when he recognised that decent housing is the foundation to achieving essential human rights and his compassion drove him to do something about it with the establishment of 'Habitat for Humanity.'