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Emergency power supply for Educational Institute for Blind Children in Kibeho

The Rwanda Union of the Blind states that there are 64,000 blind people in Rwanda, including 20,000 children. Only 2% of them have access to education. In 2016, 165 children receive education in the Educational Institute for Blind Children in KibehoI, run by the Franciscan Sisters Servants of the Cross, including 133 in the primary school and 32 in the secondary school. Ultimately, the number of students should amount to 200. The facility consists of 9 buildings and employs approximately 65 people. It serves as a model educational facility in Rwanda. The President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, visited it during his stay in the region.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Nairobi have supported the facility since 2008, mostly addressing its most urgent needs in the last few years. The installation of a power generator would be one of those needs. Power outages are very frequent in Rwanda and they sometimes last for several days. They are usually the  consequence of violent storms, which cause electrical discharges. Moreover, the supplied electricity is of poor quality (phase failures, voltage drops, etc.). The generator and a room to install it in are necessary to ensure uninterrupted operation of the facility. The generator will also help protect the equipment, which has already been installed there, against voltage fluctuation-related damage.

Emergency power supply for Educational Institute for Blind Children in Kibeho

The project is scheduled to be implemented from 1 August to 10 October 2016 in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Nairobi and its local partner, the Educational Institute for Blind Children in Kibeho run by the Franciscan Sisters Servants of the Cross in Kibeho. Its objective is to ensure that the facility can operate without interruption, also during prolonged periods of power outages, as they can paralyse the operation of the entire facility, especially in the evening (the children do not only learn, but also live there). When implemented, the project will help accomplish the general objective of all the projects implemented by the Embassy in Kibeho: increasing access to education for the blind in Rwanda and improving their chance to integrate with persons without disabilities. The project provided for purchasing and installing the generator.

Blind and visually impaired children, students of the facility in Kibeho (approximately 165 children) and the teaching personnel (approximately 65 people) will be the beneficiaries of the project.

The project was fully funded by the Polish Aid and its value amounted to PLN 123,577 (EUR 29,600). For the purposes of calculation, the following exchange rate was applied: USD 1 = PLN 4.1749.

Emergency power supply for Educational Institute for Blind Children in Kibeho

The project was implemented from 10 October to 16 November 2016. Its objective was to provide the Educational Institute for Blind Children in Kibeho with emergency source of electricity, due to frequent power outages. That objective was accomplished by purchasing the generator and preparing a room to install it in.