Background The REVE Kandale Foundation (REVE in French – Rehabilitation de l’Espace Vert et des Ecoles – means “dream”) is a charitable organization operating in the United States of America whose goal is to raise awareness and rally support for access to safer and practical school buildings for children living in the remote and rural area of Kandale in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to improve educational opportunities, and to support reforestation efforts in Kandale and surrounding villages. More information can be found at: www.revekandale.org
Achievements since 2010 * Six class rooms built * Girls dorm renovated * Thousands of trees including fruit trees planted * Brick making machine acquired * Sports equipment, hygiene kits, and books donated and distributed
2018 Campaign Be a community builder! Last year REVE Kandale Foundation, with the support of over 125 brickmakers, raised $25,000 to purchase a brickmaking machine for the small, remote community of Kandale, Democratic Republic of Congo. The community has now produced over 7,000 bricks towards its goal of 9,000 bricks needed to build a multi-purpose education center.
The needs in Kandale are great but so is the local initiative to build a strong, healthy community. We stand with our local partner organization in Kandale and are setting our sights higher in 2018! Join our 2018 campaign to raise $55,000 to help the residents of Kandale achieve their goals and change lives. Your donation will help the REVE Kandale Foundation:
1. Build a multi-purpose education center with solar-generated electricity (donated by a partner) so students can study at night, provide space for teacher training, community meetings, computers, a library, sewing machine stations for students enrolled in sewing courses, and appropriate space for students from throughout the area to take the annual state exam. Local residents have already donated to the project and manufactured over 7,000 bricks for the education center! Additional materials and skilled tradesmen are still needed to make the education center a reality.
2. Support opportunities for girls who often lack access to an education. With support from a partner organization, RKF has provided over 300 girls with hygiene reusable pads and training. Use of the pads allows girls to attend school when they otherwise would stay home for a week or more when menstruating. We will expand that effort to reach more girls by purchasing sewing machines so students in the school sewing section can make the hygiene kits in Kandale and surrounding areas while advancing their education at the same time.
3. Provide teacher training and materials so that teachers have access to the state curriculum, the most up-to-date materials, and the skills to teach the curriculum (more than half of Kandale’s teachers have only a high school diploma and use the materials they save from their high school classes). The high school has only a small number of books in French and classrooms often lack a usable chalkboard…or even chalk!
4. Continue reforestation projects to restore biodiversity that has disappeared. Indeed, recent reforestation has resulted in the return of caterpillars that nest in the trees and provide residents an important source of protein in their diet. The forest also provides a variety of nutritious fruits for consumption or sale at a local market.
Please join us by becoming a Kandale community builder! The REVE Kandale Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax deductible.