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PREFER accepts volunteers throughout thel year to assist with our various projects. A volunteer’s length of stay varies from 2 weeks to 3 months.  There are a number of ways our program is assisting with health and education in our District.  

January 2007 was the opening of our preschool in Gashangiro, 4 kilometers from Ruhengeri. Our 2014 school year has 160 children, ranging in ages from 2 years to 6 years old, in attendance. We have 6 Rwandese teachers on staff but volunteers are very much needed and appreciated, sharing life skills and knowledge with both the students and teachers. We hold adult classes many afternoons offering the local population English lessons, traditional dance lessons and parenting/hygiene seminars. We hold a small medical clinic on the school ground to treat all students and many of the neighboring families. Ailments range from small cuts, skin fungus and infected ears to burns and more severe cases. Anyone with medical knowledge would find this work very rewarding.  

Your help with these children will be invaluable. To be acknowledged and heard gives them self confidence, to be educated opens doors they did not know existed. PREFER has a home repair project for widows and teenage head of household. The family home is outfitted with new roof, windows and door as well as insulation. This project is seasonal because of our heavy rains.

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