Archive for June, 2018

This week in Bukavu – 6/18



Our Focus Business School class

Ready to Graduate


This was a great FBS class. These adult students were all motivated, diligent and punctual. They were presented with 48 Focus Business School lessons and had 41 individual and 5 group homework assignments which they worked hard to complete.


Their final assessment test was scheduled for 4 hours but they surprised us by finishing in 2 hours. They all did well and will graduate on Friday (22 June).


A short break for our teachers,

but planning continues…


The past few weeks have been very intense as our teachers helped the children prepare for their finals at the end of each school year in mid-June.


After such intensive work the teachers need a week off, while we, the directors, prepare for the vacation activities.


Meanwhile, music classes continue; notably, Rachel will be collaborating with the music team and some VBS children to record all the songs that children co-wrote for each VBS since the first one in 2009!


As our teachers return later this week we will have the FBS graduation, then we will get ready to welcome the children for the start of vacation activities next Monday.

Then it will be almost nonstop until the school year begins in September.


Praises and prayer requests for the week of June 18th, 2018


  • We are grateful that a much needed tooth operation when well for Rachel!

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray we’ll meet our fundraising goal for VBS  which starts in just a few weeks.
  • Pray that we will see some progress in our plans to expand our education center or to move to a larger building;
  • Pray for all staff members to come with renewed energy for successful vacation activities;
  • Pray that our vacation activities will be a solution to specific Community problems.


For His Grace and Glory,


Bintu head shot


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This week in Bukavu – 6/8

FHA VBS Group 1


Vacation activities are in the works…


During school vacation time we have two groups of activities. A few that are fun and where the students have some choice in which ones they participate in. And a few more where the teachers choose children who have to take them, because they’re having some difficulties that need to be addressed.

  1. Learning while having fun!
  • Music lessons and introduction to different music instruments,
  • Introduction to the Traffic Law,
  • Writing and Reading workshop,
  • English lessons
  1. Learning to upgrade our level!
  • Calculations and French lessons

Some of our children are at a very low level in Mathematics and languages. Vacation time is a great opportunity to focus on strengthening their knowledge in these areas of weakness.


Of course, we will also offer our two-week Vacation Bible School at the end of July. More on that later (see below for the link to visit our Mightycause VBS page).


Focus Business School – What’s next?


Focus Business School is positively impacting people’s lives here in Bukavu.

We’re excited for the eight students who just finished the most recent FBS training and are on their way to being successful entrepreneurs.

Here’s what happens next:

  1. The students will study and take a final test in order to graduate from the FBS course.
  2. Then students will build a business plan and submit it to our micro-loan committee.
  3. Our committee will choose the students with the best business plans to receive our financial support in the form of a micro-loan.
  4. Our follow-up team will ensure the students are managing their businesses well.

We are looking forward to the FBS graduation day in July and are already planning for our next trainings.


Praises and Prayer requests:


  • We had a peaceful week and tests went well for our children.

Please join us this week in praying for:

  • the children who are still preparing to start their tests.
  • for FBS as we are preparing for the testing to graduate those students and plan for the next trainings;
  • for the summer activities at the center, for VBS and for all the workers who will be involved in these activities;
  • for our sponsors
  • for our new building projects and for the expansion of our center.

For His Grace and Glory,


Bintu head shot


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This week in Bukavu – 6/1

FHA March 2017 8

The school year is coming to an end!


For several weeks now, the children in our homework school have been focusing on their studies more attentively as they prepare for their finals. This is the last week of school for the secondary school students, and two more weeks to go for the primary school students!

A few students have to study much harder for their final tests to be able to pass their classes since they accumulated some bad grades throughout the year. Others are just gathering all their strength to do their best on the tests.

We’ve had some difficult cases this year; some turbulent students, some who needed more assistance than others. Regardless, our teachers work hard to ensure that ALL children entrusted to us by their parents are given the best chances to succeed and pass to the next grade level.

Normally we charge a small fee for our tutoring service and some families were not able to pay anything, but we still helped their children. Some paid when they could and when they couldn’t their children still came to us. It is not always easy but we are proud to be able to serve in this way and seeing the appreciation of the parents always encourages us.

In September 2017 our Homework school started with 54 children; way too many for the space we can provide. 47 are in elementary schools, 7 in secondary schools. As of now, we have 18 children on a waiting list. We should be able to enroll several of those for next year, since some who graduate from the primary school will probably not need our assistance any longer.

However, it would be great to have more space so we can accommodate all students who need our help. We do have plans to expand the space at our education center. Please pray with us that these plans will move forward soon, that we will obtain permission to build an addition and that GOD will provide the funds to build it.


The Spring 2018 FBS training is completed

We finally finished our fourth Focus Business School entrepreneurial training on Monday (28 May), and there is so much to tell about this. We thank the Almighty GOD for the transformation we are seeing every time we have these entrepreneurship sessions. We are looking so much to the future and all the testimonies we will get from this growing number of potential business men and women who are encountering this good news. Stay tuned for a review of this latest training, and a preview of FBS training to begin in July.


Prayer requests for the week of May 28th, 2018


  • For the successful finish of our most recentFocus Business School training
  • For GOD’s provision through your financial commitment and the few local contributors to our programs.
  • For many books (714 novels, Bible studies) in English given by a local businessman.
  • For the relatively stable water and electricity supply we’ve had for several weeks!

Prayer requests:

  • For our secondary school students who are doing finals this week; and the primary students who are preparing to start their testing next week.
  • That we will see progress on an agreement for a building project to expand the space at our tutoring center to allow us to offer more and better services.
  • Blessings on the VBS activities that are being planned.
  • For our sponsors, that the Almighty One will bless all their sources of income more and more.

We’d like to thank YOU – our financial partners – who have allowed us to enroll, educate and mentor children and adults in Bukavu. Without your commitments we could not open our doors!

For His Grace and Glory,



Bintu head shot

To DONATE to our VBS Campaign visit our Mightycause page: VBS 2018

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