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Tubakunde Trust, Tubakunde Project and Excel School

Musanze, Rwanda

Tubakunde Trust
Tubakunde Project
Excel School
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Pam Hajnasrollah trained in child-care, and has over thirty years of experience including ten years in day nursery management. She went to Rwanda in 2001 to work with orphans at Sonrise Boarding School before establishing the Tubakunde project with Nathan Rulinda, a young Rwandese man, who is qualified in Environmental Health Science and has experience in building and management.
Pam and Nathan met in 2004. After much discussion and prayer they came to believe that God had given them the same heart and vision to provide love and care for very young children in desperate need. They heard a tiny baby had been found down a 'long-drop' toilet, and wondered who would take care of him; orphaned babies are often abandoned when their mother dies during childbirth; others suffer severe malnourishment because their family is stricken in poverty. God led Pam and Nathan to provide these children with loving care, food, medical treatment and a safe environment. In August 2006, a house was secured and later renovated to provide the homely atmosphere and spacious garden that was desperately needed - the first of its kind in Rwanda.
 
'TUBAKUNDE' means 'LET'S LOVE THEM' in the Kinyarwandan language.
 
The aim of the project is to bring children of all backgrounds together creating a positive and balanced environment that will encourage each child to reach their full potential. The intention is to extend the love of Christ to all the children and their families bringing love and hope to the people in the community.
In faith, Tubakunde House opened in April 2008, the project initially provided day-care for vulnerable babies up to pre-school children. Orphaned, abandoned, sick, extremely poor and some fee-paying (when possible) children have come together to be cared for, play and learn in a safe and stimulating environment.
 
During the first year, it was quickly realised that it would be necessary to create more space (rooms) as some of the children reached primary school age. By the end of that first year it had become possible to construct a building with three classrooms, six toilets, and an outdoor kitchen with storage space.
In February 2009 Excel School opened, comprising three nursery classes (lower, middle, upper) and primary class one. In February 2010, primary two opened and once again there was need of more classrooms. By January 2011 another block of four classrooms was built in time for the new academic year. The pattern continued in January 2012 and 2013 with further classrooms to accommodate P3, P4 and P5 and a meeting hall/chapel being built. One more class, P6, and more staff rooms will complete the primary school. In 2013 there were 305 registered pupils at Excel School. There is a mix of fee-paying and sponsored children but no difference in the care they receive.
 
The first graduation ceremony, when the children moved from nursery to primary level, was held in October 2010.
 
A house, just down the road, has been rented since 2012. It acts as a hostel for about fifty children who have no home or live a long way off.
 
The school bus makes four round trips each morning and afternoon, to collect and drop off children. Children are served breakfast and lunch, and also given a fruity snack mid-morning and a milky tea before going home. Rwandan curriculum lessons are taught throughout the day with much loved play-times in between. Routine health checks are given and sick children are taken to the local hospital.
 
Extra-curricular activities include playing football - both girls and boys, learning traditional Rwandan singing and dancing, art and crafts.
In 2011 Pam, Nathan and Supporters in the UK decided the time had come to consolidate the various groups across the country into one cohesive unit. Thus the Tubakunde Trust was formed to raise funds and channel them to the Tubakunde Project and Excel School. Registered charity status was granted in 2012.

HOW THE TUBAKUNDE PROJECT BEGAN

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The Tubakunde Project

The Tubakunde Trust

Tubakunde House

Excel School

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