The people of Lumela have felt forgotten, as there had never been a school or clinic in their village. Even in Portuguese times, no one came through Lumela. Located about 12 km from Bocoio, access to the village is over a very rough and little used dirt road. Mr. Eduardo Tavarez, the soba or village chief, came to RISE to request a school for the children of Lumela. He was engaged, very committed and donated the property for the building. In 2012, a 3 classroom school with an office and bathrooms was built and dedicated, amidst much joy and celebration.RISE has developed a partnership with BP Angola, working together for mutually beneficial outcomes, through their Sustainable Development and Community Investment Program which focuses on education, enterprise development and access to energy. With RISE as the implementing partner, several schools have been financed by BP Angola, including the school at Lumela.
We are currently fundraising to build the Sope school. Our goal is to begin construction in 2018. This school will educate 600 children.