The school complex

Fondazione Accentus-Symphasis

Fondazione Ambrosoli

Donatori Privati

Fondazione Privata

Fondazione Adiuvare


Cancelleria dello Stato Cantone Ticino

Fondazione R.R. per l'Aiuto Umanitario


Fondazione Ermotti

Fondazione Vidar Suisse

Soroptimist Club Lugano

Fondazione Renato Corti

Città di Lugano

Grazie di cuore ai sostenitori dei nostri progetti "educazione":

hanno permesso al complesso scolastico di Nyamyumba di raggiungere magnifici traguardi! 

Cofinanziamento della FOSIT con il fondo federale della Direzione dello sviluppo e della cooperazione (DSC)

It was completed in stages from March 2005 to October 2018... new works in progress!

It offers students the entire school path from kindergarten to high school.

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During a meeting with the Director of the tea factory of the nearby Mata, the need emerged to support collecting mothers by setting up a nursery for babies and young children.

As in the rest of Africa, the women work keeping the children on their backs, exposing them to rain, sun and cold (Mata is located at 2000 m.s.l.m.). Older children are left on the ground and often alone.

Mabawa has enthusiastically accepted the collaboration. Thus a partnership with the factory was born, which gives work to 194 workers and more than 1000 pickers and harvesters. In a short time, a pilot class of about thirty children was started.

Thanks to the nursery, the children have somewhere to spend the day nourished and cared for: they receive meals of cereal flour and more.

Two spaces with covered patios and verandas for outdoor games are already in use to accommodate them.

The carpenters in Nyamyumba have built the furniture, Mabawa has provided blankets, diapers, baby bottles and other materials.

The interior design work was taken over by the factory management and the exterior work by Mabawa.

As desired by both and in partnership, both financially and logistically.

The nursery school area for older children was opened in January 2014.



In order to take preschoolers off the street, a kindergarten for 70 children was requested.

Construction work took place between October and December 2011.

The structure, private, is supported by Mabawa and the "Parents' Cooperative" very involved and involved in small expenses.

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The primary school was built in two phases in 2009-2010. It currently includes 9 classrooms for a total of about 500 pupils, divided into two shifts. Unfortunately not all parents give the right weight to education and often keep them in the camps to help.

All students are given daily "SoSoMa", a kind of very nutritious soy, sorghum and corn polenta that completes the often deficient family diet.

In summer 2005, 127 computers were delivered to the school by the One Laptop for Child project: this brought a big change in the study.

Volunteers take turns throughout the year to help children become familiar with the English language and improve the use of computers.

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Scholarships are awarded to poor students with more than satisfactory results.

2019 results: 100% promoted to S3 (our average) and S6 (our high school diploma).

Good kids and good teachers!

The school year ended in November 2019 with 400 students, an increase is expected with the start of the scientific sections.

- 12 classeS

- 3 computer class and a library

- 2 science lab and a 3° coming soon

- a sports ground

- two refectories with kitchen and bread oven

- an improved power supply project and

  optimization of terraces

- 3 dormitories (1♂︎ and 2 ♀︎) with services

- a guesthouse for professors

- a home for headmistress and one for the director of studies

- three administration offices


Currently there are 12 classes in use for general subjects: 4 were built (Mabawa) in 2005 together with the first two administrative offices, 6 were recovered from the old primary school and renovated (Mabawa) and another 2 were built by the District.




In addition to the classrooms present, in 2014 and later in 2018 3 computer classes and a library will be added (2019)




In order to introduce the science section and allow the school to offer more opportunities with job opportunities, science laboratories were needed.
At the beginning of the 2020 school year, the Chemistry and Biology labs are in operation and a third physics lab is coming soon.

Mabawa, who strongly wanted this project, provided for the construction while the Rwandan state confirmed its interest by taking charge of the necessary material for the experiments.


In the Ministry of Education's plan, it is stipulated that children should do at least two hours of sport a week and secondary school had to adapt: sport is really a necessity for teenagers who work hard and do not move.

The work started in January 2020 (the ground had already been prepared at the end of 2019) and, even if some finishing touches are missing, it is already widely enjoyed by the enthusiastic guys!



The first refectory was built by Mabawa at the beginning of the project in 2005 together with the first kitchen. With the increase in the number of students, Mabawa built a second refectory adjacent to the first and enlarged the kitchen in 2012.
Since 2018, bread has been produced using an environmentally friendly oven installed outside the kitchen.

5 hectares of radical terraces in the secondary school provide an important part of the pupils' diet, which is also supported by Mabawa with the once-weekly supply of eggs, bananas, cheese and avocado.


3 DORMERS (1♂︎ and 2 ♀︎) WITH SERVICES

The secondary school was completed in a short time (2005), equipped with dining room and kitchen. At the beginning of the following school year, 94 students arrived, and having to arrange them to sleep, an emergency solution was found.
In fact in Rwanda, with rare exceptions in the capital Kigali, high schools are all "college" type.
This can be explained because the distances are very long and the media are not very developed, but also because it is a country where the need to learn to live/live together is fundamental, after the tragic events of the 1994 genocide.

The two dormitories were built, one male and one female, both with showers, latrines and septic tanks, but at the beginning of 2013 the number of students increased exponentially.
The multi-purpose room built in the meantime has been "temporarily" used as a male dormitory (without the necessary toilets) and the two existing dormitories have been assigned to girls.
Finally in 2018 the final male dormitory with enormous capacity in addition to the necessary facilities was built by Mabawa.

Currently the secondary school has a male dormitory and two female dormitories, with modern toilets and showers, equipped with a shower water recycling system for flushing toilets. (click here for the project presentation).



To overcome the isolation of Nyamyumba and promote quality and continuity in teaching, Mabawa built a guest house for resident teachers in 2007: 10 rooms, sanitary facilities, a dining room with kitchen and a living room/meeting room.

The headmistress' house was built by Mabawa in 2016 and is owned by the secondary school.

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Il primo laboratorio è stato cofinanziato dalla fondazione Adiuvare, il secondo laboratorio dalla FOSIT con il fondo federale della DSC e il terzo laboratorio dalla fondazione Accentus-Symphasis



Since 2009 we have granted scholarships annually to university students who are always poor and with high grades.

The more than 50 graduates - all with excellent grades - have also found work very easily and some of them are making a brilliant career in various fields.


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