BENEFITING: KIGALI MEDICAL UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION INC
Power up our school! As we are located in a rural part of Rwanda, electricity often goes out.
We are the first non-government school of medicine in Rwanda and are located in a rural part of the country, in Ruhango district, Southern Province.
The name of our school is Kigali Medical University (or ISPG French Acronym) and we are committed to providing excellent medical education to Rwandan youth in this rural part of the country.
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Our web site (admittedly not the most professional) http://www.ispg.ac.rw/
Why we matter
After the genocide in 1994, one of Rwanda's main challenges was to rebuild the human capital that was lost and have once more a sufficient number of qualified professionals.
The health sector was not spared and it has been a challenge to train enough doctors with the existing government school. This is especially affecting the most under-served areas outside if the capital city, Kigali. This is why in 2013, building on 20 years of experience with our nursing school, we opened a new school of medicine to be able to meet the country's objectives and thus doubled the country's capacity to train medical doctors.
We will focus on training doctors in primary care to ensure they can serve the needs of rural populations, where we are situated.
What we need
Our school does not have reliable electricity, which is a problem for us as we are relying on a lot of online materials, lectures, libraries and so on. We are located in a rural setting and having connectivity is essential to ensure access to educational materials. For example, we have access the the online library at Stanford University but no way to access it without power.
We need a generator, a big one (30 KVA) and the cost is USD 18'000 plus transport and installation at out school for a total of $19'500.
The entire leadership of the school is committed to ensure full transparency on the use of the funds. We also commit to provide the best possible education to our students to that they ca serve our rural communities tomorrow.
We would also welcome any interested visitors at the school and especially teachers/faculty or volunteers willing to donate time to teach our students.