This month included a weeklong visit from Edify’s CEO, Chris Crane. While he was in country, we were able to visit several of our partner schools and share some of the progress being made. Being able to engage with local proprietors, teachers and students on their own turf is one of my favorite parts of working with Edify. It’s almost always inspiring, challenging and provides great insight into why and how I can do my job better.
I’d like to share a little bit about one of the schools that we visited with Chris. Rise to Shine is owned by Beatrice Bamurange. Beatrice is a woman that exudes confidence and radiates faith. After becoming a Christian, she felt God’s calling for her life was to serve others, to “bring hope to the hopeless”. As she showed us around her 3-room schoolhouse she told us of when she first visited this remote space in search of the location for her school. There was no road; it was isolated, and desolate. She told us she remembered telling herself, “I am not the Red Cross. I cannot work in such an environment.” But God persisted in keeping this impoverished community on her heart, and Beatrice listened. “ If I want to help the helpless, this is where they are and where I must go.” In 2010 she founded Rise to Shine, a now highly successful Nursery school with 143 students. Her school has a great reputation and is thriving. Some parents have even pulled their children out of public primary schools and registered them, even when this meant going back and repeating earlier years. Rise and Shine is currently enrolled (and excelling) in our QuickBooks financial training. They also sent 2 teachers to our Basic First Aid training module last month. Beatrice has big dreams for the expansion of her school and we are excited to continue to support her moving forward. I hope to write a future blog on the next chapter of her journey….
Just yesterday we said goodbye to two of our awesome teammates Britney and Jesse Roman. They are going to be missed greatly in Rwanda, not only by the Edify staff but also by all the school proprietors whom they have built deep relationships with over the last two years. On one of their last days here in Rwanda we visited Imena School. Imena is the pilot school for Teacher Mate literacy software and participates in our school leadership and QuickBooks training. In honor of Britney and Jesse’s dedication to the school, they performed a goodbye ceremony complete with singing, dancing and speeches from the students. It was very special to watch and obvious how loved they are!
It was very tough to see them leave. On both personal and professional levels, I have enjoyed doing life with this special couple. Please lift them up in prayer with me as they transition back to the US and grow their family.