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Dear friends around the world,

I write to you at the end of another busy and successful year for the project.

On my last day in Kigali in November I first went to a neighbouring primary school to be with the children when they received their annual report cards. Afterwards I went back to school and over the next hour or so most of the children and their families came in with copies of their reports. The children are in classes of between 42 and 56 children. Their results, if not totally reliable as a measure, give some indication of how well the children are doing.

Of the 66 children who came in 20 of the 66 took the top four places, including 6 who were first in class.
22 more were in the top ten, 12 were between 11th and 20th in class and 14 were below 20th position.
The children, families and their teachers were very proud of their achievements that day.

It is important to remind ourselves that the very large majority of those children would not be in school at all without your support and so, on their behalf I say thank you very much indeed, we are very grateful.

The Primary children have just enjoyed four weeks holiday fun with Vincent and John and I attach Vincent’s account for you to see.

Right now the children are enjoying holiday school with John, Andrew and Richard. We are very lucky to know such wonderful people who give their time and expertise to help us in so many ways. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers of 2012. I know the children and staff have loved working with you.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and everything you could wish for in 2013.