Over the past year, as we watched this implementation of quality education grow steadier and more sustainable, we began to think. We began to dream. If one district could experience this much success with Wellspring’s help, why not others?
And then we received a letter.
News of our good work reached the ears of local government in one of Rwanda’s western districts, Rubavu. They sent a plea to Wellspring, asking us to expand our work to all 86 primary schools in Rubavu, with a vision of transforming education for 91,500 additional children.
And we’re listening. Wellspring is bringing our School Development Program to Rubavu. We believe that a quality education is the first step towards breaking the cycle of poverty, and we’re looking forward to helping Rubavu take this step forward.
But this region presents a whole new set of challenges to Wellspring: Extreme poverty boosts dropout rates, as children leave school to earn money to support their families. Gender-based violence rates here are the highest in the country, and boys are routinely chosen over girls to receive an education. Rwanda’s tumultuous history has left a lasting legacy in this area and school populations bear the scars through increased tensions and a lack of trust in classrooms.
We are eager to see mindsets transformed as we begin tackling these issues, but expanding into Rubavu means doubling the capacity of our work. We need your help to make this happen. Will you partner with us to equip thousands of children with the best education possible, in Rubavu and beyond?