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HUGE MILESTONE! We celebrate with the leaders of St. Jean Baptiste School that the final secondary grade level will be added in September!  What was only a BIG DREAM of the Savanette families is now reality!!

SJBS is the only school in the surrounding rural area to offer Preschool through Secondary classes – 16 grades!  We can’t emphasize enough how rare it is to have a quality primary school in the countryside and almost non-existent to have a secondary school in a rural area!  Less than 20% of primary schools are national schools and they have some of the lowest performance results.

A message from a student in Kenya

My name is Delilah Musungu. I am 16 years old and I come from a very poor background. My parents are both alive but due to poverty they are unable to support me. This situation forced me and my young brother to go out to the streets so that we could beg for food and ask for help from people in order to support ourselves and my parents.

I was hopeless and even became bitter of myself since I could not go to high school like other children in our village. There was no one to help me get to school because of lack of school fees. I could not go to the Government school, where I was admitted, since the fees were too high and we could not afford them.

One day I saw a friend whom we schooled together in primary, she had already joined high school and she shared with me about her school called Gilgal takes care of the less privileged students who could not pay for the school fees in the Government schools. She is also from a poor family and we come from the same village.

I went home and told my dad about the school which helps those in need and he came to Gilgal to ask for my admission, he was given the chance though he had nothing to pay. Thanks to God I am now in form two and I am happy to be in a school which cares and support people like me. I trust in God that I will continue getting the support I need to complete my education and join the University.

I am working hard In order to achieve my dream of becoming a nurse and in the future when I am through with my education at Gilgal, I will come back to support those children who are unable to go to school because of schools. Some of those students who have gone through Gilgal have come back to help and some are teachers in Gilgal like teacher Edward and Joseph not forgetting our best Agriculture teacher Mr. Edwin. They inspire us students.

Education Equals Hope supports students at Gigal.  Thank you to our donors, we give hope to children like Delilah who hopes to pay it forward someday.  Please DONATE to continue to help children like Delilah.

Hope Story from Rwanda

And we know that in all things God works

for the good of those who love him,

who have been called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

A Reflection about Nikuze Hannah Blessing, a child of Jean Bosco Ntakirutimana and Providence Nzayisenga

 

As a newly married couple, my wife Providence and I were highly looking forward to a bright future with expectations of being parents. Consequently, this expectation was shattered within a day. On Friday, May 13, 2011, my wife gave birth to premature triplets. During delivery, we lost a son and a daughter, but Blessing was taken into an incubator for survival. We were in a dilemma and wondering where God had turned. Having two funerals for our two babies was a pain beyond bearing, yet we also thought another funeral for our third child was on the way. However, after many prayers, on June 22, Blessing no longer had to be in an incubator. She came home.

After three months at home, we realized she had eye problems. After doctor visits and communication with friends both in Rwanda and abroad, we were told that her eyes would likely not be repaired. This was another frustration, but we trusted God and He finally provided the means to get to CCBRT hospital in Tanzania. We spent a month there for blood transfusions before attempting the eye operation. Afterward, doctors said that the operation may not be successful and they didn’t think there was any hospital in the world that could restore Blessing’s eyesight.

As a Christian and Theologian with an MA in Theology, I felt that I needed to do something to help ministers of the Gospel who have no Biblical knowledge and also to help vulnerable communities, the blind in particular. I formed a religious based organization, Hillside Hope, in 2013 and it was officially registered in 2015. Friends in Canada provided some of the educational material to help the school begin. Michele Dudley, a board member of Education Equals Hope, provided the money to rent the school. Education Equals Hope helps us meet some of the operational costs of the school. Blessing School for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) opened on January 26, 2015.

God turned our family’s situation with Blessing into a blessing to the other children who live with blindness without hope. They are now at the school learning. BVSI still has many needs, and we have fewer children than we’d like because of financial limitation, but thus far we thank God for what He is doing in our lives. Blessing is now in P1 in our newly born school. Her life has inspired us to give hope to other children with visual impairments like our daughter. We are striving to expand Blessing School for the Visually Impaired so that more children can receive an education tailored to their needs.

See a video about the School when it first started: BSVI