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Supporting youth in Mwogo, Rwanda | teapigs

Posted by Sarah on 21st January 2019

Supporting youth in Mwogo, Rwanda | teapigs

Today we have such a wonderful update for you all! Now, last August you might remember that we opened the doors to a week long pop up shop in East London, all in a bid to raise some extra funds for our ethical scheme.

We were chuffed to raise over £5,000 – all of which was given directly to our charity partner, The Point Foundation to assist in their latest venture, or building a vocational training centre in one of the poorest regions in Rwanda.  As a quick recap – the additional funds meant we could fully support the build of a new project in Mwogo, Bugesers. As part of the Mwogo development plan, Point Foundation aimed to open a Vocational Training Centre by January 2019 – the centre will train vulnerable youngsters in valuable skills such as mechanics, tailoring, hairdressing and plumbing. Armed with these skills, they will be able to gain skilled jobs and raise themselves out of poverty.

Well, as the end of January is in sight, we caught up with Karen & Charles (co-founders of The Point Foundation, and all round amazing humans!) to see how it was all going, and we were thrilled to hear that all refurbishments have been completed!

Karen tells us that this includes:

  • Restorations/renderings to all internal & external walls, ceilings, windows (including some new ones added).
  • Kitchen has been rebuilt & ready to cook school lunches.
  • New separate male/female latrines built with 4 drop toilets (2 each gender).
  • 10,000 rainwater tank installed.
  • Doors, windows & gates all made good & repainted
  • There are 4 classrooms, an office & storage rooms - plus some small bedrooms at the back of the complex which will be used by teachers so they can stay on site, as well as volunteers who we hope will be staying on skills sharing visits in the future.
  • The first 45 candidates are being selected. Point foundation is working with the local authorities & village leaders on this. Candidates have to meet various criteria, mostly those from the poorest environments and some with disabilities for instance.
  • Two qualified teachers are being interviewed & selected now. (1 hair & beauty, 1 tailoring).
  • A night watchman, school secretary, 2 cooks and 2 cleaners have been interviewed & approved.
  • TVET Uniforms are being made by disabled members of Ubumwe Community Centre.

 

The first term starts next month – which ties in amazingly well with a trip our co-founders, Nick & Louise will be taking to Rwanda! They are incredibly excited to witness the work Point Foundation do first hand, and meet all the wonderful children, volunteers and staff that our fundraising helps support. We’ll of course be keeping you updated every step of the way, but just wanted to say a big thank you to anyone that supported our pop up shop, or buys our everday brew (a percentage of which goes directly to The Point Foundation) – you really do make such a fab difference!