Equip churches in rural Rwanda to minister to children.

Funding required: $67,520.31

550 children and 50 adults, as well as surrounding communities

Estimated completion date: June 2019

Rose’s* mother is up early, preparing her household for the busy day ahead. Rose’s village does not have electricity, so simple tasks become a challenge. Rose’s mother uses kerosene and wood for heating, cooking and light. She knows that kerosene is not good for her health, or the environment, but they have no other options.

Many of the impoverished villages in rural Rwanda are spread over vast areas and cannot afford the extensive and costly infrastructure to connect to the grid. After a breakfast of sweet potatoes and porridge, Rose and her sister walk to their Compassion centre.

Rose’s Compassion centre also has no electricity. Though only 2 kilometres from the national power grid, the local church partner simply cannot afford to connect to the grid. As a result, Compassion staff must travel up to 13 kilometres to purchase services such as printing, photocopying and even to charge cell phones and laptops. The added expense and travel also takes away valuable resources from the program. Limited lighting means there is less time for study and many children here are not performing at their best. Unable to embrace technological advancements, these children will not get the education and tools they need to help lift themselves out of poverty.

But you can help provide power for two Compassion centres in Rwanda by connecting them to the national electric grid. Access to electricity will allow Compassion staff to complete office activities at the centres, improve communication and save valuable time and money. They will also be able to incorporate the use of computers into the curriculum. The communities between the power grid and the church partners will also see have access to power, which will extend productivity, aid in education and provide needed services close to home. With access to electric power, families like Rose’s will be transformed, and children will be able to thrive as they reach their full potential.

*Rose’s story is a composite, typical of a child in rural Rwanda

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Electricity

Equip churches in rural Rwanda to minister to children.

Summary: This initiative will connect two local church partners in rural Rwanda to the national power grid. Access to electricity will save valuable time and money for both centres and will facilitate the use of computers and other technology, benefitting children. The areas between the national power grid and the Compassion centres will also gain electric power, which will improve the quality of life for these communities.

  • Child development centres impacted: RW-440 and RW-442
  • The problem: Compassion’s church partners in Mirabyo and Mwendo are located 2 kilometres outside the national power grid. Because of this, they are forced to spend a significant portion of their budget on transportation and fuel for generators to access electricity. Office activities such as printing and photocopying must be outsourced, and Compassion staff must travel long distances to charge cell phones and office laptops, as well as to access the Internet. Lack of lighting also limits study time for the children at the centres. With no access to electricity, children are also unable to learn valuable computer skills or play electronic musical instruments. Academically, these children are lagging behind their peers from other centres that have power.
  • What is provided through this gift:
    • Connection to the national electric grid for two Compassion centres, including:
      • Electrical installation and wiring for each centre
    • Training for Compassion staff and local church partners on best practices for using and maintaining the infrastructure

Logistics

  • Local contribution: $5,650.13
  • Monitoring: Local church partners will work closely with the electricity distribution body and with local community leadership. Electrical installation will be conducted by qualified technicians under the close supervision of the project committee and other Compassion staff. Partnership Facilitators will oversee the installation process and supervise the connection to the national electric grid.
  • Handling of funds: Local church partners, the electricity distribution body and community leadership, will work together to procure technical services for electricity installation.
  • Follow-up: After the installation, Compassion staff and local church partners will be trained on best practices for using and maintaining the infrastructure. The Complementary Interventions Administrator will follow up with the centres to determine the impact on child development activities both within the Compassion centres and in the communities at large.
80%

No less than 80 per cent of your donation will be used for program activities and a maximum of 20 per cent for fundraising and administration. If we exceed our funding goal for the initiative shown, the remaining funds will be used to fund other programs where the need is greatest.