Nyungwe Resources Centre for the Blind
The Nyungwe Resource Centre for the Blind houses 30 blind children during term time where they receive specialised teaching and care. Prior to this support, the children were only visited every few weeks by a teacher on a bicycle.
FEPAC financed the renovation of classrooms, built an extension to the dormitory along with 12 new toilets and an additional teacher's house. Furniture was also purchased from the carpentry students at the Mkakatavu vocational training school. A borehole was drilled next to the hostel making it easier for the children to access safe water for drinking, cooking, washing and bathing. Six braille machines and accessories were purchased to assist the children with their schooling. Additional purchase included a cooker and fridge/freezer for the kitchen.
FEPAC provided a pair of school uniforms to more than 100 pupils from poor families as well as pupils’ desks, notebooks, pens, chalk and flip charts to Nyungwe Primary School under which the Resource Centre falls. The desks and uniforms were made by former tailoring and carpentry trainees at Mkakatavu and Ngalamu Vocational Training Centres.
FEPAC provided the monthly costs of running the hostel from January 2009 to December 2017. Funding ceased following the introduction of a self-sustaining poultry rearing project. FEPAC understands that the poultry project is being well managed and is achieving the sustaining objectives.