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Africa Matters


Summer Newsletter 2019

Mural for Muganza  
Teacher, Vicky Amor and three parents from Thomson House School (THS) helped bring the new Muganza School library to life in May half term by painting an incredible mural inside their new library. Artist parent, Carla Weston designed the mural and painted it collaboratively with Muganza School art teacher, Jean Bosco and another THS artist parent, Laura Ronan.
 
Meanwhile, Vicky and parent, Laura Gill worked tirelessly to catalogue books generously donated by Book Aid International.
Virginie, the schools first librarian, was taught how to catalogue, loan and care for the books. Virginie is seen here in action helping a student take out her first library book.
Early on in the mural design process, Muganza English teacher Damien listed his 50 Reasons to Read. His quotes have been painted on the floor to inspire his students and quite honestly, us all.
  1. Books help you to feel more confident
  2. Books help you travel the cheapest way
  3. Books help develop your personality
  4. Books provide food for thought
  5. Books make you laugh and think
Muganza Head Teacher, Sr. Triphine and Vicky Amor cut the ribbon to formally open the library and the Muganza Dance Club delighted the whole school community with their dynamic and uplifting moves.  
 We are grateful to Thomson House School for their generous spirit and for raising funds in THS 50km Windsor to Mortlake Big Walk last year, Carly Althoff from Journeyman International who helped design the library and our Mr Fix-It colleague himself, Jean Dusabe, who made it all happen so smoothly. Thank you to all – a great project from start to finish! 
 
With all the celebrations behind us, it’s time now for students to quietly discover the wonderful new world of books…. shhh. 
ASFA welcomes a new physiotherapist!
 
We were delighted to welcome Jessica Edwards to ASFA Physio in May.  Jessica is an experienced UK physiotherapist who spent the last two years in Uganda setting up a physiotherapy service in a school. Her calm, can-do attitude, excellent clinical and management skills coupled with local knowledge have already proved invaluable as we expand our physiotherapy service and build our dedicated new centre.

Thank you for joining our team Jessica and WELCOME! 
Jessica pictured here with Sr. Josephine and physiotherapist, Diogene.
The New ASFA Physio Centre - construction update
Rwanda is not called The Land of a Thousand Hills for nothing and as we go to press, we have just  purchased another small piece of land to further minimise excavation works, improve site accessibility and reduce the overall cost of construction.  This has resulted in a further delay to our original construction start date but we know it will be worth it in the end!

Please follow us on Instagram or Facebook for regular updates on the construction of our new physio centre!
Historic Visit from Barnes Year 6 Student to Rwanda

We believe friendships broaden horizons and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate 10 years of a successful school partnership than by actually meeting the friend you’ve been writing to for years. 

It was quite a historic moment therefore when two Year 6 friends, one from Barnes Primary UK and one from Rusuzumiro School, Rwanda finally met at Rusuzumiro School during May half term. George travelled to Rwanda with his Mum and family friend Liz and enjoyed a huge Rwandan welcome and a glimpse of school life at Rusuzumiro. George said the experience was "incredible" and shared his experiences with all his classmates at an assembly upon his return to Barnes. Let's hope this will be the start of many more student visits! 
An Evening of Art by Suchi Chidambaram
 
In collaboration with artist Suchi Chidambaram and Kindred, we hosted a lively Evening of Art on Friday 17 May. Surrounded by a stunning collection of beautiful oil paintings, we had the pleasure of updating supporters on all our main projects for the very first time. A joyful coming of age so to speak! 
 
Kindred kindly donated their beautiful upstairs library for the occasion and Suchi donated 15% of all painting sales to our ASFA Physiotherapy project.

Flavia and Guy Young were delighted to win the silent auction bid for Dancers, especially painted by Suchi for the event.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event and/or made a donation. It was a truly enjoyable and memorable evening! 
Our Fabulous Fundraisers!
 

ENORMOUS thanks to the following phenomenal fundraisers who channelled so much positive energy and muscle power into June and July for our projects. We salute and wholeheartedly thank every single one of you for Making a BIG Difference 4 Africa and positively impacting the lives of the inspiring people on our projects.

Barnes Primary L2A 2019
14-16 June saw Mitch Pender and a brave group of 46 intrepid cyclists from Barnes Primary complete an epic bicycle journey from Barnes to Amsterdam. Can you even imagine how tired they must have been?!

The team raised £5,360 towards the construction of two SmartClassrooms at Rusuzumiro School as well as funds to support and enrich the lives of children at Barnes Primary.

Congratulations Team Barnes L2A!

One star cyclist was Barnes Head Teacher, Mark Hartley, who leaves Barnes Primary after 13 years and two terms at the helm. We would like to thank Mark for his unconditional support of the school partnership and we hope that one day he will swap his L2A cycling gear for some yellow, blue and green and cycle his way to Rusuzumiro!

Thank you Mark for everything we have achieved together and stay in touch!
Ben Nevis Climb
 
Mark Hutchinson and 40 of his friends and colleagues from Barclays Bank, Glasgow made it to the peak of Ben Nevis on 13 July 2019 to raise money for the education projects they support in Uganda and Rwanda. This is no mean feat by any stretch and falls in a long tradition of amazing challenges that Mark has inspired and completed.

Thank you Team Hutchinson and congratulations to you all for making it to the summit of the highest mountain in the UK!
Richmond Park Family Bike Ride
 
Jane Greatholder organised the 9th Annual Richmond Park Family Bike Ride on Sunday 16 June 2019 with over 100 young riders (and their parents!) completing either the Tamsin Trail circuit (approx. 7.5 miles) or the short course (approx. 3 miles). Lured by jelly babies at various rest points and a shiny medal at the finish, the children cycled with reckless abandon and then enjoyed a great day in the park. Proceeds once again were split between Barnes and Rusuzumiro to support the SmartClassroom project.

Thank you Team Richmond Park Bike Ride - awesome effort! 
How can you help?
Many supporters at our Evening of Art event on 17 May asked how they could help and what their donation might buy. We've complied a short list of some of the things your money can buy in Rwanda. All donations, no matter how big or small are greatly appreciated and should you have any questions, please just ask
  • £3 buys an annual health insurance card that provides primary healthcare. (The government requires a whole family to be insured, not just a child, so a family of 6 people costs £18 per year).
  • £6 buys a hospital consultation e.g. orthopaedics (as this is not typically covered by the health insurance cards). 
  • £10 buys a school uniform and a pair of shoes or alternatively, a live chicken that can lay eggs for the ASFA Physio inpatients to eat! 
  • £20 per month covers the cost of food for one ASFA Physio pediatric inpatient.
  • £30 pays the salary for an ASFA carer
  • £40 buys a pig 
  • £50 buys porridge and fruit for all the ASFA Physio inpatients for one month. 
  • £65 buys a rental car/mini van to transport patients to hospital.
  • £300 pays the monthly salary for a fully qualified physiotherapist
  • £350 pays for a child to attend a high level secondary boarding school. (Should you be interested in sponsoring a child for three years please email Alison.)
And some bigger numbers… 
  • It costs approx. £17,000 to run ASFA Physio Centre as it is today. We are working towards sustainability but until that point, help towards these costs would be hugely appreciated.
  • The new ASFA Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre will cost approx. £ 250,000, including the interior fit out.  We are more than halfway there but would welcome any help you can give. DONATE NOW.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us.  We hope you have a safe and relaxing summer and we look forward to updating you on our projects in the autumn. 

Please do stay in touch via Instagram and/or Facebook.
 
And if you can support our projects, please DONATE NOW so together, we can  Make a Difference 4 Africa.

And lastly, a new arrival....!

We'd like to welcome Rusuzumiro Head Teacher, Vincent's new baby daughter to our community who arrived on 17 July. So sweet! 
 
Thank you!
 
 
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