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Maranyundo Initiative

Spring Newsletter

Dear Maranyundo Supporters,

The Maranyundo Initiative has just received a $500,000 Challenge Grant for Phase II of the construction of the new High School of Science and Technology at the Maranyundo Girls School!  Every dollar contributed over the next five months will be matched dollar for dollar up to $500,000.
 
Phase 1 is complete. The new dorms, classrooms and expanded dining hall, enabled the school to welcome its first high school class of 67 in January 2015. Three quarters of the new class are Maranyundo middle school graduates. Now we are ready to embark on the next exciting phase of the construction. 
 
Phase II will ensure that the Maranyundo Girls School is a model school of excellence in the field of science and technology in Rwanda.  It includes a new library with modern materials and capabilities, science labs for physics, biology and chemistry and a new a computer lab with updated technology.  These expanded facilities will serve as a resource not only to Maranyundo Girls School but also to area schools and the larger community.
 
The costs for construction and equipment for Phase II are estimated at $1.3M.  If we meet this Challenge Grant by Sept 1, 2015 we will have made significant progress toward our goal and will be able to begin construction in early 2016. Please help us meet this challenge!
 
The Maranyundo girls are doing their part.  Their achievements continue to put MGS in the top tier of schools in the country. Every single girl in last year’s graduating class achieved “with distinction” on the national exams.  For our part, we can make a very wise investment in the power of opportunity. 
 
If you give a girl a chance, the sky is the limit!

Warmly,

Daphne Petri

Board Chair, Maranyundo Initiative

Board Member Spotlight - Burch Ford

When Burch Ford moved from Farmington, CT to Concord, MA in 2008, having recently stepped down from a 15-year tenure as the Head of Miss Porter’s School, a girls’ secondary boarding/day school, she was open to a change and looking for a welcoming community. This community took the shape of Trinity Episcopal Church.   Read More...  

MGS Announces $54,167 Grant From Segal Family Foundation!

Ashley Rogers, Dedo Baranshamaje and Evelyn Omala, representatives from the Segal Family Foundation recently meet with Sister Juvenal Mukamurama and toured the Maranyundo Girls School in Nyamata.  Read More...

New School Year off to a great start!

The dormitory and washroom construction, dinning hall and kitchen expansion were all completed.  67 students make up the historic first class at the high school of Science and Technology. This year the school will educate an unprecedented 250 students. Please enjoy this piece about the start of the school year by Sister Ann Fox. Read More...

Maranyundo Girls High School
of Science and Technology Fact Sheet

When asked what could improve the school, what was the most popular suggestion the students had?  ”Expand the school so we can stay here through High School.”  And now we are on our way towards helping MGS make their dream a reality!   Read More...
Maranyundo Initiative Receives $100K Grant From Child Relief International!
The Maranyundo Initiative is pleased to announce their continued partnership with the Child Relief International Foundation. The Foundation has provided a $100,000 grant for 2015 to support construction of the Maranyundo Girls High School of Science and Technology.
 Read More...

Teaching Fellow Update

There are currently two teaching fellows working at the school:

Noel Kuriakos is working as a computer technology teacher. He has been very busy since he arrived at the end of January. He has helped all of the teachers with their technology needs and taught  many computer classes a week. In fact, the students like him so well that they asked him to teach additional classes on Saturdays, which is very unusual! Just goes to show you how hungry these students are to learn!
 
Marcella Felde is teaching English for all of the middle school classes 12 hrs/week and so also is very busy! She has been integrating technology into the classroom and recently had the students create videos promoting gender equity using  the school's new tablets. She works with teachers and students to help them use the Raspberry Pi to access great educational content and conduct research. She recently partnered with the Maranyundo Initiative to load more great literature onto the school's Kindle's including Romeo and JulietLord of the FliesA Man for All Seasons and 
Things Fall Apart. Marcella also supervises 40 students in her after-school art club!

If you or someone that you know is interested in becoming a teaching fellow, they can learn more, or fill out an application.To learn more about what a day in the life of a Teaching Fellow looks like at the school , please check out the Teacher Fellow blog.
 

Give now and Double your Impact!

 
Ways to Give:
  1. Give Online to the Maranyundo Initiative through Just Give.
  2. Send a Check to:
            Maranyundo Initiative
            P.O. Box #1342
            Mansfield, MA 02048
  1. Give a Book from our Amazon Wish List and we will deliver it and a second copy of the book to the school:
  2. Plan a Book Drive at your school, club, or place of work. Contact Kimberly Boucher for more information.
  3. Host an Event. Would you like someone from the Maranyundo Initiative to speak about the Maranyundo Girls School at an event you are hosting? Please contact Daphne Petri for more information
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