Project Rwanda 2020: Evolving for the Future
Over the years our projects have changed dramatically to increase their sustainability and impact. After years of trial and error, we’ve come to our current model which is harnessing the ripple effect— teaching teachers so they can teach students.
Both last summer and for this upcoming summer, Rwandan teachers report to us which concepts they struggled to teach their students the year before and those same concepts are what we base our lessons on. At the end of our trip, we provide teachers with written tutorials along with our contact information so they know they have continued support.
A change we will be making to our service this summer is hosting workshops at CMU Africa’s campus to train teachers from schools we aren’t able to work with directly, then providing them with the same resources we give to our direct partners.
During the school year, Project Rwanda hosts American cultural events for international members who visit Pittsburgh to study abroad. In addition, we’ve realized that if we aren’t willing to help our own country, we have no right to help another. Because of this, Project Rwanda engages in monthly service in the local Pittsburgh community. This semester we partnered with the Ronald McDonald House.
Why We Need Your Help
Project Rwanda is currently transitioning from being a summer trip to a winter trip to better accommodate our partners at CMU Africa and the teachers we serve. Because of this we essentially need to fundraise for two trips this year.
Our work is completely student-funded and student-driven. So your contribution, no matter how small, would help us cover the following for two trips:
By helping to alleviate our financial burden, you help give us more time to do the things we do best: volunteering in Pittsburgh and preparing for Rwanda. Education is a phenomenal investment. Through their grit, Rwanda has proved to be more than worthy of receiving that investment.