Sandhurst School has been running its ground-breaking “Reaching Rwanda” project for the last seven years, in partnership with the British NGO Survivors Fund. The aims of the project are
- To inform students about the Rwandan genocide and of the continued plight of survivors of the genocide today.
- To connect students with genocide survivors and enable them to become friends
- To enable students to become actively involved in improving the life chances of genocide survivors and to see the difference their efforts make.
Our students plan and organise a range of fundraising activities. They have raised in excess of £50,000. This money has been used in a number of ways to support survivors of the Rwandan genocide and their dependants :
- We are paying for 25 children to get an education in Rwanda
- We have provided cows, chickens, goats and training in animal care and husbandry to genocide orphans
- We have set up 18 income generating businesses to provide a regular income for over 70 genocide orphans. Our businesses include 4 sewing co-operatives, a bridal-wear hire shop, 2 kiosks in hospitals, a mobile-catering facility, a hairdressing salon, market stalls, a grocery shop, a garden centre, a charcoal wholesaler and property rental
- We have built two water pumps providing clean water for over 600 survivors
- We have created homes for over thirty orphans who were once homeless
- We have made friendships to last a lifetime
- The day-to-day work that we do to support this cause is highlighted in our Weekly Newsletters