Ngunda is a village in central Angola, 33km southwest of Kuito, and 6km from the junction leading to Menongue. With a population of 2478, 132 students, taught by three teachers in makeshift classrooms, had access to education with many more longing for the chance to go to school.
The local government funded $80,000, RISE contributed $30,000, and on March 1st, the first stone was laid for the 4-classroom school. Construction was completed in August, and a wonderful dedication celebration was held on September 17th, National Hero’s Day to commemorate Agostinho Neto’s birthday, the first president of Angola. The Vice-Governor of Bie, the Mayor of Kuito, Ministry of Education officials, RISE Angola and RISE International representatives, parents, teachers, students and the community participated. A school is an essential starting point, and children at Ngunda now have a place to learn!