Wongo is located 25 km from Kuito, in the Bie Province. Some of the heaviest battles took place in Bie particularly in rural areas like Wongo, and many suffered and died. With the end of civil war in 2002, people started returning to rebuild their village and lives. Now the population of Wongo numbers 794, of which 326 are students.
Wongo was built with funds raised by New Trier High School, one of the first five pilot schools in late 2003 – 2004. Located near the administrative area of Trumba, it a place RISE teams have visited many times. Kids have received TOMS Shoes and excitedly receive and welcome visitors.
New wells, one at Wongo, have been drilled as part of our water project validation study, and clean water is already impacting the communities, as children’s health has improved, and women no longer spend hours carrying unclean water from the river. The team arrived in Wongo in April 2017 to an incredible greeting with children lined up, excitedly singing songs of welcome, leading us to their new well – the utter joy and expression of thanks was overwhelming.
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TOMS Shoes distribution
Well drilled at school site - 3/2017
We are currently fundraising to build the Sope school. Our goal is to begin construction in 2018. This school will educate 600 children.