School lunch money drive for students at GS Bare

Groupe Scolaire Bare (GS Bare) is a catholic school in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, Africa. 10 miles from the nearest large town, GS Bare provides education to 1501 primary and secondary school students, as well as 145 students in nursery school.

The children and teachers at GS Bare welcomed a Wartburg College Class in May of 2023. We had the opportunity to see the school, classrooms, playground, and the school’s cafeteria and kitchen area. The majority of classrooms at GS Bare are modern and equipped with the staff and tools necessary to educate their students. However, some students are not able to return back to GS Bare for the upcoming school year due to the price of school lunch.

Students at GS Bare pay $20 per trimester for their school lunches. There are approximately 100 students who cannot afford $20/semester for all three trimesters.  

A donation of $60 would cover the entire school lunch cost for one student for the 2023-2024 academic year. If we could raise $6,000, all of the students could return for class in the Fall of 2023.


Q: Will 100% of the money be donated to the students?
A: GoFundMe will take 2-3% of the total money raised, as well as approximately .30 cents of every donation. Everything else will go directly to the students in need.    

Q: How will the money get directly to the students?
A: I was one of two chaperones on the trip to Africa. My good friend, Jean Bikomeye, was the other chaperone. Bikomeye attended GS Bare as a child and his family lives in a nearby village. Bikomeye personally knows the Headmaster and will transfer the money directly to him to be distributed amongst the student lunch accounts.  

Donations (90)

  • Anonymous
    • $30 
    • 2 mos
  • Dylan Boles
    • $5 
    • 4 mos
  • Kerry Schepers
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
  • Anonymous
    • $25 
    • 4 mos
  • Angela Brandel
    • $10 
    • 4 mos

Organizer and beneficiary

Olivia McAtee
Waukee, IA
Jean Chrysostome Bikomeye

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