A 6 classroom school at Chissindo was built with memorial gifts given in honor of Don and Naomi Cole along with funds raised at our 2012 Benefit, year-end donations, and a gift from a generous private donor. Chissindo is located on the outskirts of Kuito and there is a great need for classrooms. There are 600 students in attendance at Chissindo, with an additional 2301 at satellite locations where there is “something” that can be used as a classroom, with stones and milkcans as chairs. Class is held in two shifts and many of those in grades 5 and 6 are adults. The local administration provided desks and chalkboards, and the Ministry of Education hires and pays the teachers.
A special ceremony was led by the local administration, attended by the principals of several schools, the Provincial Director of the MOE, many from the community, children and the media, as the school was dedicated on September 19th, 2013. Images were later shown on TV in recognition of what RISE has done.
Zoom in (+) on the map to see a satellite view of the school.
We are currently fundraising to build the Njele school. Our goal is to begin construction in 2017. This school will educate 800 children.