Our back to school campaign for the 2017-2018 school year is "Planting Roots Through Sponsorship". Rudi International is excited to once again partner with Love More Foundation to make education an option for several children in Eastern DR Congo. As our education program has grown, so has the need for sponsors! Scholarship to sponsor a student for the entire year (one time donation) is $170 for primary students and $180 for secondary students. You can also co-sponsor a student by donating any amount that you are able to give. We will team you up with other supporters until we have a full scholarship. Please read on for all the details of what the scholarship provides.
The thought of planting deep roots is at the heart of what Rudi Education & Love More strive toward for each of the students and their families that are involved in our program. Plant your roots in Christ and let him be the foundation for your life. Be strong in your faith, just as you were taught. And be grateful. - Colossians 2:7 (CEV)
The needs of our students and their families in the community where Rudi International works are many - but with your sponsorship Rudi International is helping to plant roots that will last through any storm. First of all -- roots in Christ.Our desire is for each student to know the love of Christ. Our prayer is that throughout the year Arsene and the on the ground team will have many opportunities to lead these students to Christ.
Second, we are planting roots in the area of education. When you sponsor a student you give them a chance to break the cycle and get an education in an area where 1 in 3 students will never set foot in a classroom. For those who do enroll, the drop-out rate for that first year is 20%. This is usually due to school bills not being paid and the child is then denied access to attend. Your sponsorship ensures that your student does not have to worry about getting dismissed from the classroom. When you donate, you will be connected to an individual student(s), and it will provide a scholarship that covers school fees, uniforms, school supplies, and activities outside the classroom.
Third, we are also giving them hope and a chance to plant positive roots toward their country and culture. We want them to push toward a brighter future and find pride in their heritage by the many events we celebrate alongside them with their families. Your scholarship helps in this area by providing the students with out of the classroom field trips. They can discover that their is a lot more happening beyond their own small community.
Lastly, but a very important part of our program is to support the students home life by loving their families. A small percentage of the scholarship will be used for our Encourage Mothers program. This program helps provide encouragement to the mothers of many of the children enrolled in our education program. In years past, this has included counseling, nutrition classes, basket weaving, and the sharing of God's word for spiritual healing. Anything raised beyond our scholarship need will go toward more outreach events to support the families of our students.