International Community Program – Rwanda, Gatega (Unassigned)

October 9, 2019
Number of volunteers needed
1 Chapter
Project Location


International Community Programs (ICP) - Unassigned Program

Chapters interested in starting a new International Community Program (ICP) can apply to adopt an Unassigned Program. All Unassigned Programs have been reviewed and approved by the Application Review Committee (ARC) and therefore, meet our international community partnership criteria.

Community Program Background

Country: Rwanda

Region: Western Province

Municipality:  Ngororero

Community: Gatega

Community Based Organization: The School Development Committee (SDC)-Muramba School Centre

Local NGO Partner: Integrated Development Action Rwanda (IDA Rwanda)

Local Government Partner (if applicable): Gatega Cell

Project Type (Community’s first priority project type): Structure – School Building

Community’s Challenges Description: In 2003, Rwanda introduced free education as part of government policy to improve school enrolment and the attendance of deprived children in general. However, in addition to school fees, other factors hamper the school careers of children. Despite the impressive progress made so far by the country towards access to education, lack of resources and school infrastructure remain major problems that hinder the effective delivery of basic education, especially in remote rural areas. Gatega is not exceptional to various education challenges facing rural communities. Two of its six villages are located in remote and inaccessible parts of the community; becoming difficult for children from these villages to attend school at Muramba School Centre, the only available school in the community. The students from these villages normally walk long distances between 5 and 10 kilometres (2 and 4 hours respectively) in steep, hilly terrain to attend classes and thus, demotivating parents to send little children to school for the fear of accidents or abduction along the way. Consequently, the children from these villages typically enter First Grade at age seven (7) without prior exposure to classroom-based teaching, without basic skills such as counting and writing when compared to those living in villages near the school who had the chance to receive pre-school education. Thus, they are set up for failure from the beginning; not surprisingly, many drop-out before the end of primary school, and almost three quarters (3/4) do not pass the Grade 6 national exams, which are critical in entering high performing secondary schools. Generally, these villages have far less children succeeding at all levels in school and they are poorly represented in jobs of influence as for instance there are relatively few people from these villages teaching in the local schools, working in local health clinics, local government or delivering social services.

Estimated project budget (labor, materials, and equipment): $56,000

*Please note that the estimated budget will likely change based on the scope and does not include travel and logistical expenses.

Number of people in the community: 8151

To Learn More about this Unassigned Program

If your chapter is interested in learning more about this program, please see the Community Partnership Application for this program.

***Please note: Chapter Leadership access is needed to view this Unassigned Program in Volunteer Village. If you do not have Chapter Leadership access, please submit a “Support Request.”


All Team Applications for Unassigned Programs will be evaluated based on the following criteria: status and quality of any existing community programs within the chapter; proposed fundraising plan; membership capacity; quality management plan; as well as the Responsible Engineer In Charge (REIC) qualifications and Mentor Team qualifications.

Please review these articles for more information regarding team qualifications:

Responsible Engineer in Charge (REIC) Qualifications

ICP Project Role Descriptions and Requirements

Mentor Team Qualifications

Chapter Eligibility: In order to start a new International Community Program, all chapters will need to be eligible to start a new program. Please review this article for more information regarding chapter eligibility.


If your chapter has any questions about this Unassigned Program or for more information about how to apply to adopt this program, please contact Gretchen Smithwick,

Please do not contact the proposed NGO, community, or local government partners directly. If your team has additional questions that are not answered in the Community Program Application or Review Summary, please contact Gretchen Smithwick.

To Apply

If your chapter is interested in applying for this program, please review these instructions to submit a Team Application in Volunteer Village. Submittal deadlines are the 1st and 15th of each month. Chapter eligibility will be reviewed before the chapter can move forward with the application review process.

***Please note: Chapter Leadership access is needed to submit a Team Application in Volunteer Village. If you do not have Chapter Leadership access, please submit a “Support Request.”

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