Connection Bracelets connect children around the world. Through their schools, children from different cultures connect with each other and share what makes them unique, the stories that have shaped their lives.
Interested schools can make Connection Bracelets a part of their curriculum: along with the bracelets, they will receive a special learning kit that will have fun and practical ways to help children to engage with each other, sharing the stories they carry, and to think about and answer important questions that make them open their minds and hearts to difference as well as our commonalities. Children will also be given the opportunity to think creatively of ways they can become young social entrepreneurs through the gathering of stories from their communities, the expression of those stories through the arts, and by selling bracelets connected to those stories, and supporting charities or social organizations of their choice.
A percentage of funds raised from these bracelets will go towards the Meah Foundation, which will then support education in various forms around the world, helping children to have access to education by building schools and supporting the funding of children going to schools already in their area.
|In an effort to help ease the overwhelming burden of more than 400,000 orphans and a decimated school system left by the 1994 genocide, the Sonrise Boarding Schools were created to set the standard for academic excellence and servant leadership development.Through the tireless efforts of Anglican Bishop John K. Rucyahana and his friends and colleagues at Mustard Seed Project in the United States, the Sonrise Primary School opened its doors to 200 students in September of 2001.The foundation upon which Sonrise was established is unique in that it enrolls a combination of fifty percent “fee paying” students who come from stable homes and fifty percent orphan students who must depend on the generosity of “sponsors” who are enrolled in the Mustard Seed Project Sponsorship Program to pay their school fees. This type of student grouping also removes the fear that the school may be categorized an “orphanage”.Four hundred and eighty-four of these students are sponsored because they do not have the financial means to attend. Most of those students have no parents and no family, and would most likely be living on the streets had they not been given the opportunity to attend Sonrise.
Sonrise has been very successful over the years. The Sonrise High School construction was completed and opened in January of 2004.
Under the expert leadership of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Laurent Mbanda, Bishop of Shyira Diocese, today the schools have a combined enrollment of 1100 students and are considered to be among the “better schools” by most Rwandans.
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