SENSER'S BENEFIT MAY 4, 2017

We will be holding our annual benefit at Senser's Bar and Grill on May 4, 2017 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  There will be live entertainment and an auction of various prizes including signed Nascar memorabilia and tickets to Vikings and Twins games, restaurant gift certificates and many gift baskets. Beer, drinks and hors d'voers are provided for an admission fee of $30.00 at the door and $25.00 pre-admission.  For pre-admission click on "donate" at the top of this page, enter "benefit in the comments section and your name will be added to a pre-admission list.  See you at Senser's, 4217 American Blvd West, Bloomington MN 55437.  

  

 

About Lift Up Their Hearts

In January 2015 Lift up Their Hearts opened a Catholic High School in Rwanda, East Africa. Why Rwanda? Rwanda is a very poor country with a large population of 10 million Christians.  In fact 99% of Rwanda's population is Christian. In Rwanda most  people  survive by growing their  own food leaving them with no real income and dependent on foreign aid. This small country has no natural resources and most of the population  lives on less than $2.00 a day.   

But there is some good news.  Rwanda has a stable government with a reputation for being incorruptible.Their  borders are secure and they remain free of the terrorism which plagues many of their neighboring countries.  Rwanda is struggling to ease it's poverty by using the computer industry to bring them business and through hard work they are succeeding.  It's citizens and leaders are engaged in a campaign to make Rwanda a leading provider of   Intelligent  Communications Technology  in Africa.  This would provide much needed income to Rwanda's citizens and its border countries. Right now while  Rwanda's borders are secure world leaders see a window of opportunity to end the poverty in this region. 

That is why we built a high school dedicated to teaching Christianity and computer skills in Rwanda.  If Rwanda does not have young workers to participate in its computer industry it will be forced to hire workers from outside the country to fill those jobs.  This weakens Rwanda's economy and threatens its political stability. 

Our school opened in February 2015 with a class of 12 students.  That year was an excellent trial run for our staff and a success for our students who all passed their first year. This is remarkable considering the challenges faced by an entirely new staff and student body. In 2016 we increased enrollment to 30 students who again got excellent grades and passed all their classes. 

In January 2017 we have 50 students enrolled. This involved increasing our teaching staff and adding computers.  Our other needs include expanding our library and adding dormitories for male students, because of lack of transportation most high school students board at school.  Estimates for computers are $400.00 per computer, The salary for our teaching staff of 7 is $6,000.00 per year. Estimated cost for textbooks and study aids is $5,000.00.  Adding boarding facilities will cost $18,000.00  We need your help.  Please consider donating to our school.  We use our donations wisely, we run on a shoestring budget and everyone at Lift up Their Hearts is a volunteer.  That means that 100% of your donation goes to our school.

 

  • School update

    UPDATE:  In November 2016 Government officials attended a school ceremony marking the event and the official approval of the school. This marked the end of the 2016 school year.  All students passed their courses with outstanding marks.

  • Rwanda's ICT industry

    Rwanda's President Kagame recently announced that much of the country now has fiber-optic cable in keeping with its goals to become the leading provider of intelligence and communications technology in East Africa. He stated "Rwanda's people and it's economy are in a much better situation today than 10 years ago. We are working to reduce the poverty which forces us to rely on foreign aid."

  • Quotes for today.

     "We should seek for others the same opportunities we seek for ourselves." Pope Francis in his address to U.S. Congress 2015  "We will build a Chain of Love across Rwanda so everyone feels protected, loved and at peace."  Rest in Peace Father Pascal Bigirimana 11-19-2012   God has a purpose for you that is held in His heart. God has a plan for you that is paved with his grace.

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Contact us at 952-446-1469 or email liftuptheirhearts@yahoo.com

Monsignor Felicien
 Mubiligi Catholic High School

 Lift up Their Hearts has built  a Catholic High School dedicated to teaching computer and English language skills to Rwanda’s High School students. Rwanda is hoping to become a center for Information and Communications Technology in Africa. For this industry to succeed they must have young adults who are computer savvy and skilled in the English language.  In January 2015 the school opened with 12 students.  We are planning to expand to more than 140 students in 2017. However we are in need of more computers, books and other essentials. We need your help to  equip the school.  Please click on the DONATE link above to contribute to this worthy cause.

         Our projects: 

  • Provide tuition for needy young students.
  • Provide for orphans and widows
  • Provide computer training for Rwanda's burgeoning ICT industry.
  • For more details about our projects click here.

About Rwanda

Rwanda is a very poor country in the heart of Africa. Many people were unaware of its existence until the genocide of Tutsis in 1994 killed one million of its eight million citizens. In the turmoil Rwanda’s infrastructure and economy were also destroyed. According to a World Bank study of 1995 the genocide left Rwanda the poorest country in the world.

The loss of one eighth of its population continues to have a devastating effect on this country. Families were destroyed. Many children were left orphans and many women were left widows. The violence they witnessed left them severely traumatized and depressed. It is hard to imagine a future after such a brutal past.

Lift up Their Hearts was founded to help the people of Rwanda, especially in the rural region of Butare. Our primary concerns are in the areas of education and assistance to widows and orphans. Our hope is that by helping its citizens we can help this country remain stable, ensuring that the brutal violence of 1994 will not be repeated.