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Issue 16 Aug 2013

We have made good progress with the dormitory building this month but will not have sufficient funds to continue beyond September. We have plans for another Art Auction at Stirling University on the 6th of December which will hopefully bring a much needed injection of funds before the end of the year. The organisation of this event will begin in September but will be full on after our return from Tanzania. This trip we are bringing extra cases filled with childrens’ books and will also collect some books in Dar es Salaam from Read International for the school library. We will find a temporary home for the books on shelves in the admin block or the classrooms until such time as we can build a purpose built library on  site.

We are also delighted to have found  sponsors for two new children, both boys, who will start at school tomorrow.

School Fees

Foundations for the new dormitories

The children are due to finish at school next week and go back to their villages for the month of August. The staff and workers are all working hard at the school to build the school and give the children a good education. Their efforts are being hampered by the fact  that many of the 15 parents who are paying fees for their children are behind with their payments. This puts a strain on finances because salaries still have to be paid and the children still need to be fed. This is a problem which will have to be sorted before the school expands when the problem is likely to put the school in serious difficulty. We have suggested that fees are collected in advance for a whole term in future instead of monthly and the children will only admitted for the new term once these funds have been received. Any arrears the arrears will also have to be paid in full. We have suggested that when the children are collected next week letters are handed out explaining that fees must be in the school bank account by the 26th August if they want their children to return to school for the third term on the 30th August.

Aberdour Festival Sunday 28th July

Looking for something to do a week on Sunday? The Aberdour  Village  Market is taking place inside and outside the AVD Festival Marquee, Hawkcraig Road, Aberdour KY3 0UP and is next to the Primary School.  The market opens at 11 am and runs until 4pm. RUDA has a stall and we will be selling cool summer trousers, hats and bags made by a group of women in Namanditi with Tanzania material as well as a range of craft objects including toys and ceramics made by our friends and supporters. This is the first time RUDA has participated and we hope to raise funds to send books for the school library. The festival this year is bigger than ever before with 28 indoor stalls, 14 outdoor stalls, and 8 different catering options. It promises to be a great day out if this wonderful weather holds.  You can have a look at the complete list of stalls at: www.aberdourfestival.org.uk.

Sponsored Children

We are still held back from advertising the school because the minister for Education has not returned to Dar es Salaam and there does not appear to be anyone who can deal with paperwork in his absence.  So we decided to try and find sponsors for a few more children to help with the running costs of the school . Our initial target was for 60 children in total which number marks the point at which the fees raised mean that the school budgeting breaks even. We are still some what bemused that a government department can be allowed to grind to a halt and no progress can be made because the minister in charge is attending parliament.

Meantime the three children we had on our waiting list, Anna, Alan and Maria have all been found sponsors in the last month and as we have a fourth sponsor signed up the headmaster will be able to bring four new children to the school. This will bring the school role up to 50 so we are not so far from our target now.

Since writing this a fifth sponsor has come forward so we now have 51 children at school we are getting ever closer to our target.

The foundations for the dormitory have been dug and we are making good progress with this next part of the building work.

Meantime we have bought new mattresses for the children’s beds and 6 solar lamps.

 

Cycling Fundraiser

George Young of St Andrews Pottery set off on Tuesday 14th May with the intention of  cycling from the South to the North Hebrides. He is raising funds for the building of a dormitory for the NMSE and will travel 144 miles in total. George is not an experienced cyclist and will find this a challenge. If you would like to make the inevitable saddle soreness worthwhile please support him by donating on: www.everyclick.com/ruda  Your contributions will help to ease the pain in his nether region and put some fire into his pedalling.

 

Issue 15 May 2013

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Art Auction Friday 19th April

Plans for a Charity Auction

We are organising a charity auction to be held on Friday April 19th in the new entrance space at djcad, Duncan of Jordanstone College, Dundee. We have the support of the Dean and some of the admin and library staff have offered to help with preparations and on the night of the auction. The first call has gone out to artists and makers within the college and depending on the response we will cast our net further to include alumini and our regular supporters. We also hope to include some small pieces of work donated by students and these will be for sale on the Monday to Thursday prior to the auction when the work will be available for viewing. All the work in the auction should appear on the rudatanzania flickr site over the next four weeks as jpegs arrive from our artist and maker supporters from Scotland and beyond.

Issue 14 Feb 2013

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A New Year and New Students

We start the New Year with 11 new pupils, seven of whom are boarders. While this is a good start, we are still some way short of the required 20 students needed before the income from the students allows the school to run without extra support from RUDA. Ideally we want the school to reach the stage where it covers its own running costs  and then we can concentrate on progressing the school construction and the purchase of educational equipment.

RUDA have decided to try and bring in another 3 or 4 children if we can find new sponsors and we have collected photographs information about Maria, Alan and Patrick three children who are either orphans or from single parent families. For more information about sponsoring please go to the sponsor tab an the home page.

The registration is still incomplete, we were promised back in July that all  documents could be signed before Christmas  but the reality is very different. It does not cause any problem with running the school with the present students but does stop the headmaster from advertising more widely.

The good news is that we have managed to gather enough funds to restart building work and if all goes well then we will have the new classrooms finished and furnished for the start of term 2. We are also planning to seal the new double well.

At the moment there is a mixed grade class but as soon as the new classrooms are finished the classes will have their own rooms. There will also be an extra classroom which would allow the school to grow by another 30 students at the start of the school year, next January 2014.