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Isaro Foundation Opens A Branch In Burundi

Bujumbura, January 16th, 2014

In order to launch its activities in Burundi, Isaro Foundation conducted a visit to Collège de l’Amitié, also known as St Albert and donated 300 books to the students and the school’s library.

The delegation was composed of Jean Léon Iragena, the founder and CEO of Isaro Foundation; Olivier Ntaganzwa, the Chief Coordinating Officer; Ruth Umutijima, the deputy-director of Books2Rwanda, the Communications Officer Betrand Umuhoza, Activities Coordinator Christian Uzakira, Gil Mbarushimana who is the accountant and Diogène Ntarindwa (Atome), the world-famous comedian who is one of St Albert’s old boys and currently serves as the foundation’s godfather. Accompanied by the school’s director, the delegation toured all the 15 classrooms and talked with the students, who were interested in the Foundation’s prospects in Burundi.

Diogène who studied at St Albert from 1989 to 1994, told the students that St Albert used to excel in sport and cultures competitions all around Burundi. “This school used to beat others in volleyball, football, general knowledge competitions and official examinations. I strongly urge you to follow in our steps,” he stressed.

The CEO of Isaro Foundation officially opened the first Isaro Club at St Albert and promised the student to bring in more support, including books and computers. “We will also invite you in our writing competitions and workshops,” he added.

St Albert is a 50 year-old school that was founded by Rwanda refugees in Burundi in order to offer a decent education to their children. It used to be counted in one of the most excellent schools in Burundi. Old boys and girls include the First Lady Jeannette Kagame, famous politicians, scholars and executives like Ambassador Dr Charles Murigande, Siméon Rwagasore, Rwangampuhwe François, MP Antoine Somayire, artists like Atome, Masamba, JMV Rurangwa and numerous others.

Prior to that visit, the delegation met with the Burundi Minister for Interior and Local Administration, Mr. Edouard Nduwimana and his wife, Mrs Alice Orly. Their family is known for promoting humanitarian causes, including paying tuition to poor children. They also co-founded a high-learning institution “Université des Collines”.

Picture: Isaro Foundation was received by Honorable Minister Edouard Nduwimana and his wife in Bujumbura. Isaro Foundation Archives

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