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Bring JOY TO 100 KIDS this Christmas!

It is Christmas soon! Time to join Rudi International in the effort to make 100 kids’ dream come true in the war-torn region of Lac Vert* in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Through our Rudi Education program, we are planning on getting at least 100 kids together at Christmas this year for the first time to play, sing, eat, and share gifts with them. They need it because they have not seen such thing in the past 6 years when war first moved their parents and themselves from their homes in Rutshuru or Masisi territories.

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Thank you!

*Lac Vert is a neigborhood in Goma, the capital city of North Kivu province itself currently under attack by rebel groups at the moment we post this article. The neighborhood is on top of an extinct volcano and hosts a beautiful green lake.
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Rudi Education Christmas flyer
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Rudi International beneficiaries and volunteers under threat

We are worried about the safety of the children in our programs as well as our volunteers who live in the city of Goma, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Here is the most recent article we could find on the Internet to tell you about the situation in Goma today Sunday, November 18, 2012

Government soldiers in the Democratic Republic Congo are fleeing Goma in large numbers as fighters belonging to the rebel M23 group advance to the gates of the regional capital after fresh fighting erupted in the area last week, according to a UN source.

Goma airport has been closed, a Western military source said on Sunday, and hundreds of people have fled Goma, seeking refuge in nearby camps amid the most serious fighting in the area since July.

Fighting erupted in eastern DRC in April following a mutiny by former soldiers who formed the M23.

Al Jazeera’s Nazanine Moshiri, reporting from Nairobi in Kenya, said: “The rebels are about 4km away from Goma, and only two from Goma’s airport. They have been advancing steadily in the last 24 hours.

“Government officials and Congolese soldiers have been retreating. … UN staff have been asked to stay indoors, international NGO workers and diplomats have been moved across the border to Rwanda.

“Goma feels like a ghost town right now.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Vianney Kazarama, and M23 spokesperson, told AFP news agency that the fighters had reached Kibati, which is 5km from Goma.

“We’re at the gates … We are not in the city of Goma. It’s not our ambition to take Goma. Nevertheless if [President Joseph] Kabila’s army attacks us, we will pursue the enemy until it is repelled very far from Goma,” he said.

There was no immediate comment on the rebel claim from the army.

Renewed fighting

UN attack helicopters launched sorties against rebels on Saturday as the UN Security Council demanded an end to foreign support for the M23, whose leader was hit by UN and US sanctions last week.

The M23, in turn, has warned UN peacekeepers that “we will respond” if they fail to stop backing the regular army by strafing rebel positions.

“Despite the UN air strikes, the rebels have an advantage. They have night vision equipment and mortars as well. People are expecting the rebel group to make some kind of advance,” our correspondent reported.

“The UN is attacking the rebels from the air with attack helicopters, but so far they have not engaged with them on the ground.”

In New York on Saturday, the 15-nation Security Council went into an emergency session on the crisis.

Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, appealed to Rwandan President Paul Kagame to “use his influence on M23”, according to Herve Ladsous, UN peacekeeping chief.

Rwanda has denied a report by UN experts that it has backed the rebels.

DRC has again accused its neighbour Rwanda of backing the M23.

Ladsous said the UN could not confirm whether Rwanda is helping the new rebel offensive but suggested that M23 “attacking forces are well-equipped and very well-supplied”.

New sanctions pledged

A Security Council statement demanded an end to the M23 advance and “that any and all outside support and supply of equipment to the M23 cease immediately”.

It pledged new sanctions against M23 leaders and those who help it breach UN sanctions and an arms embargo.

Last week both the UN and the US announced sanctions on Sultani Makenga, an M23 leader who is accused of masterminding killings, sex attacks, abductions and recruiting child soldiers.

While each side blames the other for the latest violence, the UN mission in DC Congo MONUSCO said the M23 had launched an offensive with heavy weapons early on Saturday, prompting the UN peacekeepers to deploy to protect civilians.

“As part of this, 10 missions were carried out by [MONUSCO] attack helicopters,” it said in a statement.

“MONUSCO firmly condemns the renewal of hostilities. It calls on the M23 to immediately halt its attacks, which have caused a deterioration of the already fragile security and humanitarian situation.”

Kazarama, the rebel spokesman, said MONUSCO “must stop” attacking areas under rebel control and show its neutrality.

“If they continue to strafe us, we will respond,” he said.”

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http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2012/11/2012111815563388912.html

Your prayer and support are encouraged.

We have been silent posting here…

Dear friends & Supporters,

We would like to apologize for the temporary silence from our side. We momentarily experienced technical difficulties on our website platform.

We are happy to announce that it is all solved now, so we will be posting updates very soon about our various programs and projects.

Please know that you can also stay informed through our social media outlets. Among others, please find us on Facebook as Rudi International, Rudi for Women and Girls Online, and Rudi Education.

Thank you for your patience.

The Executive Team

 

The 2012 Back To school: A true success for our kids!

Dear partners and supporters,

We are very happy to let you know that after our online campaign “Help Them Go To School”, all the 16 kids enrolled in our Rudi Education program have got sponsors and were able to go to school this Monday September 3rd with other students at their institution Eastern D. R. Congo.

Monday morning, the kids ready to enter class. Two of them are not there

The Rudi International Team would like to thank you for believing in us and on behalf of the beneficiary, the kids,  through their parents who were very happy to receive all the school items we could buy and give back to their kids, helping them to stay at school.

Each package included:

–          A new and beautiful schoolbag

–          Books that they will be using he whole year

Rudi Volunteers opening the “back-to-school” packages for distribution.

–          A new school uniform. In the D.R. Congo, all the primary and high school students are required to wear a white shirt and a blue pair of shorts or skirt to be able allowed in class.

–          A blue and red pen, a pencil and an eraser, color pencils, a ruler.

–          A mathematical box which was given only to students from P4 as the others are not yet using the tools that it contains.

–          Toothbrush for girls only. This was a gift from a university student from Goma, a young lady who donated some items she already bought as her contributions to the kids.

We appreciated it so much! The lady bought some items on her own and brought them to us so we could complete the package with whatever was lacking.

Last Sunday in the afternoon, while it was raining, our staff could reach the place and found all the kids and their parents waiting. The previous day, we sent a message to our Rudi Education’s newest volunteers, Luc and Munguiko that we would be coming. Luc is one of the teachers and Munguiko is a university student and living near the school. They accepted to volunteer in our Rudi Education program and help the kids in the way they can.

From left to right: Munguiko, Luc and Arsene Tungali while meeting the parents.
It was raining outside. These mothers came with their kids to receive the packages

Once we reached the place, we entered one of the classrooms where they were all sitting. Without taking much time, Arsene Tungali had a word to the parents explaining what we were about to do, meanwhile, the rest of the team gave the clothes to the kids and immediately, they went to wear them in the next classroom. Later, they joined us, shining in their new white shirts and blue shorts/skirt.

Arsene Tungali introducing the team and the ceremony. He told the parents to help the kids when they have homeworks so they can increase their final grade
The kids back after wearing their uniforms
After wearing their uniforms

The next step was to call each one of the kid and give him/her the school bag with all the other items. After a photo of each kid, we called their parents and took another photo of the mother or father with his (her) son (or daughter). The parents were clapping making some wonderful cries after each one of the kids received his “gift”. After the ceremony that took place inside the classroom because it was raining outside, the rain stopped and we went out for the last family pictures.

One of the students smiling after receiving her package. Her mother was there as well
Another student with his mother. This is on the following morning because they were not there on the day of the distribution.

I remember one of the mothers singing in Swahili, the local language:

Muda wa kubarikiwa ukifika, hakuna anye weza kuzuiya sababu ni Mungu mwenyewe anaye bariki. Mungu aendeleye kubariki wale wanao kumbuka wasiyo jiweza”, which can be translated in, “when the time of blessing is there, nobody can stop it because God is the one who blesses. May He always bless those who care about those in need”. (Reminds me of Psalm 41:1-3).

It was around 4.30pm when we decided to take our car and go back to town, a few kilometers from this rural neighborhood. The parents sent their thanks to all the donors and supporters. The kids promised they will work hard in order to have good marks at the end of the year so they can win another scholarship. … For that we can say “Lord willing!”.

Monday, September 3rd at 7.00am, Arsene Tungali went back to the school and witnessed the back to school ceremony done by the school officials. He also gave the packages to the 3 kids that were not present the previous day. They were not informed of our coming on Sunday.

The entire school ready for classes was listening to the  opening word from the school director
Raising the National flag while singing the Congolese national anthem, the new school director just behind those students.

The Rudi International team of volunteers would like to thank you all for your donations of every kind that helped us launch the Rudi Education’s program and with you, we were able to help these kids affected by war to stay in school. At Rudi, we believe that this is just a beginning, these kids will have good influence and impact in their environment by the after school programs that we will be organizing with them. So, we STILL need you!

A family photo with Rudi Team
Rudi Volunteers. From left to right: Clarisse, Luc, Munguiko, Arsene, Yves, Grace and Serge ready to go back after the work is done

We want to thank Mwangaza International, our proud partner for being with us in the campaign and for helping us reach other sponsors. Their help was so precious and we are proud of them. In total we have 16 kids (8 girls and 8 boys) in our program that we will be following the whole year and post regular updates.

Stay connected and get other pictures on this website and on our social media platforms:

The Rudi Team

Rudi Education – Help Them go to School

Rudi Education – Help Them go to School

“We can give to people who will give us gifts in return. But we are more blessed when we choose to give to those who cannot pay us back” Joyce Meyers.

Learn more about this program.

The Organization:

Rudi International would like to associate you in this campaign. We want to support 16 kids in Lac Vert (Goma, DRCongo) helping them go back to school this year by September 3rd, 2012. Help us send them to school.

Download and share their stories (pdf: Rudi Education) in French. The English version is coming soon and can be received upon request by email. Send request at: arsenebaguma@gmail.com

Why?

Because…

–          They have no one else and they count on you.

–          They are coming from the most war-torn region of the DRC, the Eastern Congo and have no hope for the future because most of their parents are doing artisanal farming.

–          They are brilliant at school but their parents are no longer able to send them to school as the school is starting

What do they need?

They said they need to go to school.

They are all in primary school and 15 of them are studying at Nyabyunyu Primary School in Lac Vert (10kms from Goma town) and one at Shabaa Primary School in Goma town.

For a year, they need in total 80$ (eighty US dollars) giving them access to school fees, school furniture and tuition (after school program activities).

How can you help?

–          Sponsor one or two kids of your choice by sending the total amount required and/or send the money monthly.

–          Donate to the program starting from 5$

–          Share this message with your friends.

Did you know?

5 $ can pay for a book and a pen

10 $ can buy a school bag

20 $ can buy a uniform allowing him/her have access to class, etc.

DON’T HESITATE WHILE DONATING; EVERYTHING CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A KID’S LIFE.

Use these ways to send your contributions

Online donations using our website here:

https://rudiinternational.wordpress.com/donations/

You can call/email us:

+243 993810967 (DRC) or +1 6017069203 (USA);  arsenebaguma@gmail.com

Great news!

We have partenered with Mwangaza International for our Education Program and they have lunched a StayClassy campaign. You can use this link too (the StayClassy’s fundraiser page for our Co founder Alain Rafiki to make your donation (tax deductable for US residents):

http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise?fcid=207879

All the donations collected through the ways provided below will go to the kids in Goma for our Rudi Education Program.

We thank you in advance!

The Rudi Team.

Great meeting with some of Rudi’s officials in Goma

This last week end in Goma, DRcongo.

On this picture, from left to right, Arsene Tungali (Co-founder & Executive Director), Clarisse Leusa (Board Member, Goma), Elysee Sikitu (in charge of Finances and Administration) and Lebel Baguma (Board Member, Bukavu).

This week end, we had the privilege to receive one of our Board Members, Lebel Baguma , coming from Bukavu (Southern Kivu, DRC) and visiting Goma (North Kivu, DRC). He got to meet with our local staff and other volunteers who are doing the amazing work on the ground. One of the most important things we discussed was our new Scholarship program that we plan to launch in few days.

These people are doing an amazing work and we are proud of them!

Thanks for supporting our work!

Rudi International. For Raising Africa!