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At Kingdom Secondary and Vocational School there is no running water as the small village of Mageregere where the school is situated is not connected to any piped supply. Currently we harvest as much rain water as we can but the supplies needed to run our courses such as hairdressing and construction have to be topped up daily by purchasing cans of water from local children who lug them up the steep hill for 200RWF (the equivalent of 20p), after they have collected the water from the streams and water pipes far down in the valley.

We plan to install two new large new water tanks in the coming months but for now just £20 a month provides the water needed to enable these course to run. Find out how you can support Equip by visiting our website www.equipuk.org

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Exams at the school this week. We are working hard to achieve Rwanda Workforce Development Agency requirements so this is a key year for our students. Please pray for them. As well as academic standards, we need to upgrade the facilities at the school site. More details to follow. Thank you for your support.

Paul Johnson.
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On the last day of our visit in March I met up with two beautiful ladies. The first you will know from previous posts - she is Mama Eric. The second was a young girl who wandered up to the school towards the end of the morning session. We are blessed with a lovely local community who watch over and look after our project. Situated on the outskirts of Kigali district, this remote area can be quite vulnerable after dark and we therefore thank our neighbours for their kind vigilance. So this girl was no stranger to the school. She said nothing and simply wanted to spend some time with us. There was hope in her eyes and a sense of security in her smile. She was happy and at peace in our company and in her own way offered her thanks for our partnership. In return we showed our appreciation by posing for a few photos and letting her know in our own way that we were encouraged by her visit.

Later that day we visited our good friend, Mama Eric. Seventy years this girl’s senior and having lived a life that must have witnessed many times of pain and tears, it was good to see that she too offered the same sense of hope and security in her face. It was difficult to find her at first as she had moved - again! However, a small boy was able to lead us to her new home and it was a pleasure to meet her and her new friends.

Working in one of the poorest parts of East Africa it is always a joy to bring much needed funding and resources to help people. But poverty is often much deeper than material need. Establishing hope and security also brings peace and prosperity. Sometimes, a visit is all it takes.

Paul Johnson
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Much of our time on this most recent visit has been spent with the leadership of Kingdom Secondary and Vocational School ensuring that we are working rapidly towards the Rwandan Workforce Development Agency levels of compliance. This will guarantee that all present and future pupils have full government accreditation for their studies and give KSV formal recognition from the authorities. This has always been part of our vision and our plan is to have this in place by the end of this academic year in mid November.

To that end, we are very pleased that we have been able to put in post as Principal this year someone who we have worked with for many years during the annual King's School pupil visits. Pastor James Mitari is well known to us and has long been a supporter of the work of Equip. We have put important training in place for him over the past two weeks and will be back as soon as we can to continue this development work, whilst supporting him remotely through the wonders of modern technology! Please pray for him as he seeks to move the school through this exciting phase of its development.
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One of the great privileges of building and opening Kingdom Secondary and Vocational School has been the opportunity to provide a home for the growing church that meets in Mageregere. Only planted as a church in February 2016, and ministering to some of the poorest people in Rwanda, the school hall is already full on a Sunday and has begun to positively impact the local community. We worshipped with them today and met with their leadership team. It was a particular joy to see past and present pupils of KSV school attending. However, during the singing today, their only musical instrument, an old African drum, broke, highlighting the fact they have so very little. Please pray for them, that God will meet both their material and spiritual needs.
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Great to visit and speak at this church in the north of Rwanda. They are working with Compassion supporting 230 local children. God bless them.
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Wow! What a week! Whilst we have not had the opportunity to post as often as we would like, we have been intensely focused on improving the quality of the learning experience for our students at Kingdom Secondary and Vocational School. Whilst we have an excellent teaching staff who are highly skilled at eking out precious resources, this trip has been an opportunity to ensure they have a plentiful supply of all they need for this academic year. Initially cautious about asking for more supplies, they soon showed their professionalism in budgeting carefully and accurately for items that would significantly enhance the learning in their classrooms and workshops. We have had such fun taking them each out in turn to purchase an eclectic mix of materials in the bustling Kigali markets and shopping streets. To see the looks of delight on their faces as Equip supporters have made it possible for us to provide for their teaching needs, has been pure joy.

Today we still had three brand new sewing machines to acquire, and in the depths of a grubby, untidy back store room of a noisy and dusty street, we discovered that Singer sewing machines which are now only found in antique shops in the U.K., still come in new cardboard boxes in Africa! We waited endlessly for the prices to be agreed and the machines to be loaded into a hired vehicle: so long in fact that we were able to arrange for our building engineer to meet us in the said back room to have a quick meeting about the current works as he happened to be in town. It was utterly bizarre but then this is Africa! Then it was a quick trip to buy two more hairdressing dummies, followed by a visit to another undercover market for the purchase of construction tools where I became adept at haggling for the best price for trowels, saws, hammers and the like, bringing in the total amount spent well under budget. As ever, as muzungu spending a considerable sum of money, we only added to the chaos around us, attracting more attention than we liked, probably not helped by Paul's frequent efforts to engage the locals in conversation to practise his Kinyarwanda! Everyone has got involved in this retail adventure over the past few days including our wonderful driver Martin and our AirBnB host Jean Claude. Thankfully the stones, bricks and roof sheets for construction will be delivered because we certainly couldn't fit any more into our vehicle!

We then enjoyed some much needed down time at the famous Hotel Mille Collines (Hotel Rwanda) before heading up country tomorrow to the Northern Province to visit a Compassion project in Gakenke, Musanze for one of our local churches back home.

Thank you as ever for all the support you all give.

Ruth
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  • Construction Class

  • English Lesson

  • Tailoring Workshop

Your donations are transforming the lives of young people in Rwanda

We keep our administrative costs to a minimum by giving our time voluntarily. We also carry out routine monitoring visits at our own expense.

Equip has now been working in Rwanda for over ten years. Our main project, the Kingdom Secondary and Vocational School in the Mageregere area of Kigali, has trained over 100 students. We are thankful for our growing team of supporters who turn these young people’s dreams into reality.

Keeping Equip supporters in touch with our progress is a high priority. You can find important information on this website and on our Facebook page, ‘equipuk’. However, to become part of the Equip vision – please sign up to our mailing list. We’d love to have you on board!

How we allocate funding


I pray that God will bless all the children in these schools and prosper all those who give to us by His mercy

Mama Eric


I am grateful for my place in the primary school and I am hoping, one day, to be president.

Rebecca


I am grateful for the land that has been provided. It provides food for our families and a school for our children. There is hope for our future.

Mussa


Thank you Equip. We have the chance to go to school and develop our education. We want to speak English and use the computer.

Daniel


I am an English teacher and I am grateful to be able to teach at the secondary school. Please ask if there is anyone else who can help us with this vision. They would be most welcome in Rwanda.

Augustine