A ceremony to lay the first stone at Kateke, a school recently approved, was scheduled for Friday, July 13 – we arrived as part of a caravan led by police with flashing lights. Expecting a low-key event, we were stirred as children lined the path singing and welcoming us. The community has waited for this moment for several years, longing for a school and education for their children. There were speeches by officials, the Ministry of Education and RISE…and singing and dancing, cake, a gift of chickens, and much gratitude! Building materials had been delivered to the site, and construction began immediately!
The school is finished and awaiting dedication at the start of the school-year in February. One of the village leaders shared, “We never imagined we would have a school like this. We cannot adequately express our joy; sometimes we drop tears. We are so grateful!”