Ngilima Primary School

The Ngilima Primary School was closed for about five years and only reopened in early 2018 due to the occupation of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in the area.

The Ngilima Teacher’s Committee approached RainShine to provide financial assistance to rebuild their school in sustainable materials, i.e. hardwood, tin and brick.

This program commenced in late 2020 with the purpose of constructing the Ngilima Primary school across a number of estimation/construction stages and phases. The first stage and its two phases have completed and successfully delivered 21,000 bricks manufactered by workers in the local community. These bricks will be used in the construction of two school buildings.

The second stage has now commenced and this will deliver the concrete foundations for the 1st school block with three classrooms. This stage is organised around 4 estimate/construction phases. On completion of the second stage and its phases, the third stage will commence and its purpose will be to construct the second school building, which will provide another three classrooms.

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Access to Education

Primary school children Dungu 2011

Education teaches us to write, read, think, and achieve. 3.5 million school age children do not attend school in DRCongo. 2.75 million of those children live in rural areas. And 41% of Congolese girls aged 5 -17 years old are working and only 36% of girls are enrolled in High School.

RainShine Australia’s mission is to improve access to primary and secondary school education for children living in rural areas of Democratic Republic of Congo. The majority of Non-Government Organisations operating in DRCongo currently are doing their work in the larger towns and villages, so there is a need for organisations like RainShine to operate and implement projects in remote areas to improve opportunities for education, health and to build future resource security in communities.

Unfortunately in both the Epi and Mamili villages there is no high school. Children can travel to Amadi, which is 70 kms away to attend high school classes. And there is also a high school located approximately 400 kms away from Epi in Isiro. However the majority of families in Epi and Mamili are not be able to afford to send their children to these schools. One of RainShine’s long-term projects is to build a high school that can be attended by both Epi and Mamili children.

While some of RainShine team members were involved with the Epi Primary school for a number of years prior to 2016, in that year RainShine took over full responsibility for the Epi Primary school. This school is located in a remote part of northern Democratic Republic of Congo. Currently there are 157 children attending the school with one headmaster and six teachers.

In 2018 RainShine started supporting the Primary school in Memili, which is about 40 kms from Epi. There are 158 children enrolled at this school. The Memili village is fortunate to have a brick school building to hold classes, however it was closed down for a number of years due to not having enough money in the village to pay teachers. Through donations to RainShine, we now provide teachers salaries and school equipment, and some basic medicines eg Malaria test kits and treatment to the Mamili school.

Mamili children with tooth brushes from RainShine supplies

Our annual budget to operate both schools costs $12,000 USD. If you would like to assist this ongoing program then please donate to this specific project below.

While both Epi and Mamili primary schools are categorised in DRCongo as private, non-Government schools, RainShine supports our children to sit the Government test each year to determine how they are performing with their education within the province and, we also engage Government Administrators to review our education techniques and school environment to identify improvements.

Children of Epi Primary School with their exercise books

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A Place to Land

How do we currently travel to the Epi and Mamili primary schools? The answer is by car, plane, and motobike. The last 70 kilometers between Amadi and the schools must be done by motorbike as the roads are very difficult to transverse by a 4 x 4 vehicle for 9 months out of 12 months due to the rains in Africa, and secondly finding a 4 x 4 vehicle in the area of the schools is almost impossible. The local chief of the Epi Village recently provided land to RainShine to build an airstrip similar to the one currently located at Amadi. This project is currently in the planning phase. The Epi people have cleared the land, and RainShine is liasing with an airport engineer and seeking local Government approval to commence work. RainShine Australia is seeking funding for this project.

Closest airstrip to Epi and Mamili Primary schools is at Amadi 70 kms away

And airstrip will make it easier for Rainshine people to visit the school and to transport equipment for our projects. The provision of an airstrip will also make it easier for officials to visit the school. Recently we had to put a Government school assessor on a motorbike to ride 400 kms to the school.

In 2020 when RainShine field workers were visiting Epi and Mamili they were involved in a couple of medical emergencies. Good fortune was upon us and our intervenion save two people’s lives. Currenly once you go into Epi and Mamili you need to be healthy enough to get out of these areas to get assistance. Due to these two incidences RainShine is now funding a doctor to travel three times a year to run a clinic in these villages.

Loading the plane in Dungu to take our solar equipment to the Epi primary school 2018

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