Stanwich School raises funds for rural Rwandan community

Stanwich School recently helped raise $3,190 for a 10-year service project in Rwanda at the school’s Fourth Annual Family Festival.

“This festival is a wonderful community building tradition,” Head of School Paul Geise said. “This is the heart of the true Stanwich spirit.”

Members of the Stanwich community united at the school’s Upper School campus in Stamford to participate in carnival games and pumpkin decorating in an effort to raise funds for Project Blessing.

A decade-long project in a rural Rwandan community, Project Blessing is the main community service fund-raising effort of the school’s upper grades.

For the last five years, Stanwich students have raised funds to create water, waste management and irrigation systems, as well as for the construction of a school for the community.

The school has raised more than $50,000 since the project’s inception, according to Stanwich Upper School science teacher, Shaun Fletcher.

Mr. Fletcher began Project Blessing after spending three weeks in Cyabatanzi, a place where villagers had to walk more than an hour down a mountain to a well before carrying a bucket of water back to their home and where children had to walk two hours to school.

Mr. Fletcher met with the leaders of the village on his maiden voyage, and discussed plans to create a 10-year project to improve conditions there. He has gotten the whole of the Stanwich community involved in the initiative, and has additionally brought a group of students and alumni with him on the two-week journey he takes to Cyabatanzi each summer since the trip’s inception.

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