Nyabihu Centre/School for the Deaf, Rwanda

Lowestoft East Point Rotary has been working with Kigali Rotary Club and Isobel Blakeley, a teacher of the deaf from Suffolk to improve the education of deaf children and young people in Rwanda.

Working with  Rotary Club of Kigali


Nyabihu Centre/School for the Deaf, Rwanda

Lowestoft East Point Rotary has been working with Kigali Rotary Club and Isobel Blakeley, a teacher of the deaf from Suffolk to improve the education of deaf children and young people in Rwanda. 

As well as Rotary, Chance for Childhood, an English Charity, are also involved in the project.

The education of deaf children and young people in Rwanda is not a high priority in the Country and the conditions they live in and are educated in are very poor - often sanitation and running water is a luxury.  Many do not even get the opportunity to attend school and receive an education as their families cannot afford the costs (which they have to pay themselves). 

To date these are some of the changes we have made …….

  • The Kigali Rotary Club have provided books for the school
  • A Rotarian from Kigali has made a personal donation
  • A member of East Point Rotary has provided 10  ‘recycled’ laptops and a computer ‘suite’ is now in operation  
  • East Point Rotary are funding a teacher of the deaf for a year, Trauphime is the new signing      support teacher 

Trauphime – the new teacher funded by the East Point Rotary Club

  • Additional funding from Chance for Childhood have also helped with the running costs for the school so they now have a headteacher to help Louis run the school and centre as well as a number of other staff   

This is a picture of most of the staff at the Centre.  Only one Guard is here – in the green suit and hat at the back.

Speciose, the new Head teacher is in the second row, in the purple dress. Louis is centre, front row.

The Next Steps

East Point Rotary and Kigali Rotary Club are continuing to build strong links with one of the members of Kigali now on the Board of the School/Centre.  East Point Rotary are hoping to continue to fund the teacher of the deaf for a further year. 

The School/Centre needs a complete rebuild for a number of reasons for example, the children do not have a space to play in and are still living in the same very poor conditions.  There are now 110 children at the school.


The toilets and living conditions have not changed.  The threatened demolition would take out the buildings down the left of the Courtyard.  That would be all of the toilets, some offices, a woodcraft workroom and a small dormitory.

Losing the toilets may not be a bad move – but you do need somewhere to go! 

If all goes well it is hoped that the strong links between Kigali and East Point Rotary Club, combined with other Clubs e.g. Ipswich can raise monies which can help improve the education of deaf children and young people in Rwanda.  The project is a huge one but one which we hope to support.     

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