Meet Crimson Academy, the impactful school that changed lives of many #rwanda #RwOT


Founded in 2011, Crimson Academy is one of the highest performing schools in Kamonyi District on National Exams. The school is located in Kagina Cell, Runda Sector, Kamonyi District in the southern Province of Rwanda. Dr Phillip Haynes, The Executive Director of Crimson Foundation which owns the school, chose to build it in the cell where live the families categorised as historically marginalised groups Rwanda.

Many years ago, families of those categorised as historically marginalised made a living through rudimental pottery, hunting and entertaining people in ceremonies through their exceptional dance moves. But as time went by, those past activities lost their appeal thus compelling them to resort to farming and animal husbandry in a society where land was scarce and precious. Due to limited access to land coupled with societal negligence, the historically marginalised found themselves between a rock and a hard place forcing many to sink deeper into poverty.

Since the Founder of Crimson Academy wanted to empower communities to thrive with increased access to quality educational practitioners and facilities, the priority was those families of those categorised as historically marginalised groups, who could not afford school fees and materials.

Since then, Dr Phillip encouraged the community to bring their children to Crimson Academy and they started studying together with others from families that could afford school fees, materials and school buses facilities for those who come a bit far from the school.

Apart from not paying school fees and materials, children from families categorised as historically marginalised groups, are given support in means of feeding their families and pay for life saving medicines among others.

Crimson Foundation also supports those families by providing small loans and ongoing business training and support. The program empowers people to set up their own self-sustainable businesses. The profits from these businesses enable the women to work themselves and their families out of poverty. All of these have changed the lives of the community in general.

Crimson Foundation is committed to increasing access to quality education in marginalized regions and populations around the globe. The target areas of development are located in East Africa, Central America, and Southeast Asia. More specifically, they have existing projects in Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Nicaragua.

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