March 2019 – News from Ora

Dear Friends, Little did I know what would come of that foundation I laid 11 years ago. It was an act of hope, not knowing where it would take us. It gives me the greatest of pleasure to attach this newsletter written by Christian Ora, one of our students who was one of the first students I chose to be sponsored. This letter shows the amazing success which courage and determination can bring. I am so very sure that you realise that these things would not be happening without your continued support. Our sponsorship programme is our lifeblood, if you are interested in sponsoring a child please let us know.

January 2019

Hello everyone, Well I finally got things together and so now I attach our January news for you, I hope you enjoy it – so very sorry for the delay. I know also that some of our newsletters from 2018 have yet to be posted on the website – on with
that shortly I hope! For those who have been wondering how we are faring given the terrible news of major flooding in some other African countries like Malawi and Mozambique I can assure you that we are well. That said, along with other countries in the world, we are experiencing changing weather patterns, especially the prolonged and extremely heavy rains. You will remember that last year our boundary wall collapsed as a result of that, but this year we seem to have been spared any major problems.

December 2018

Dear friends, As the year draws to a close it is time to reflect on the past year and achievements. It has been a rollercoaster for me personally but also in Kigali working with authorities on the registration of the project as an International NGO. Thankfully it has now been completed but it has meant that time has been eaten up and I am very conscious that I have not sent many newsletters out this year. I have a list of subjects and hopefully I will be able to get to it soon. My newsletter this time consists of photographs of main events this year, including the most wonderful gift to me of a celebration day when I was treated to a Traditional Rwandan gift ceremony to me as a ‘mother’ from parents and the school community. A ceremony full of love and very moving.

Andre – A Story to Celebrate

I hope you are all well and happy today. I am sitting writing this before getting ready to go to the University of Kigali to support Andre in his viva presentation for his Masters Degree. We have come a long way together since we first met in 2007. since when, with the kind and generous support of our friend Karen he completed his first degree in Accounting Graduating in December 2013. How time flies. He is the first, and so far only, one to gain a degree at higher level – others are on their way there I hope. Meanwhile for those of you who may be interested in his story I attach what I wrote about him in 2014

August 2018

Happy Saturdays! There was a time when Saturday for me was a relatively quiet day – a trip to the market, a cup of coffee and a book, catching up on home news and so on – not any more.
Please find attached our news for August. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

June 2018

Dear Friends, First of all I would to tell you that we have a lovely new updated website. Big thanks to our great friend Ken who has given his valuable time and expertise freely. www.kinambaproject.org.uk If you think there should be something else on there please say! I also attach our newsletter for June 2018 which is about our secondary students. I have written about them before now but we have more students graduating each year and we have some new photographs which I think you will be interested in.

April 2018

Dear friends around the world, Please find attached our news for April. I know it is late but this year has been a challenge – not least because our boundary wall collapsed due to incredibly heavy and prolonged rain. The cost of repair is now covered thanks to some very generous donations thank you very much indeed.

February 2018

During January we have two preoccupations – admission of new children into the Nursery section and placing secondary students in a boarding school. Our sewing room has been very busy making new uniforms. We have a change this year, we have chosen a yellow check which we hope will distinguish us from other places.

January 2018

Dear Friends across the world, I attach the first news of the year 2018 which is about a very special day we held with the secondary students. It was a very fitting to our ten years seeing our students growing up into young people with ideas and ambition - it was a...

December 2017

Dear Friends, Happy New Year to you all, may it be full of good things for everyone. It is with real pleasure I am attaching our December news which is about the Primary Day. It was such a lovely day, one of the best so far, with a real sense of community and...

November 2017

Dear friends, I wish you the best of times over the holiday period and hope you enjoy a happy, successful, healthy and stress-free year in 2018. I attach news of the end of term celebrations for the nursery children. There will be a few more letters in January. I have...

October 2017

Dear Friends, I am now in Kigali, busy as ever, but Sunday the 17th was a day to really enjoy. I hope you like reading about our very own rugby tournament. Best wishes to you all, and thank you for your continued support for us, we cannot do anything without you, Meg...

September 2017

Dear Friends, Here is some news written by our friends Lesley and Steve Hooper who visited during September. It was immediately obvious that some of the children were at least understanding more spoken English and some were noticeably more fluent so I say a big 'thank...

August 2017

Hello to all our friends, I am very grateful to Els who has written this delightful news for us about the holiday school. We chose to work with mostly Primary 1 and some Nursery children as we can no longer accommodate all the children we are helping. I feel sure you...

June 2017

Click here to download the full article as a PDF. For our June newsletter we can read about our very special dance troupe which is going from strength to strength and becoming well known in Kigali. The local authorities invited the students to perform at a gathering...