The Maranyundo School is an English-speaking, non-denominational boarding school for high achieving girls from low-income families in grades 7,8, & 9. Run by the Benebikira Sisters, a Rwandan order of Roman Catholic nuns, the school opened in February 2008 and currently has 180 students, with 60 in each grade, and 10 full-time and one part-time faculty members.
Westover has been a sister school of Maranyundo since its planning stages, both through the school community and through the efforts of a number of Westover alumnae volunteers, led by Barrie Hogan Landry '62, late Head of School Ann Pollina, as well as several faculty members and students, have visited Maranyundo over the past several years. In addition, Westover has contributed equipment, as well as funds raised through Dorcas Fairs, to support Maranyundo's programs.
The Service and Cultural Immersion Trip
- Focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education for girls in Rwanda, particularly at the Maranyundo School. While at our sister school, members of the Westover group took part in a series of STEM activities in conjunction with experts from MIT and Tufts University.
- Worked with Gardens for Health International, a program that works with Rwanda families to improve agricultural practices and nutrition.
- Participated in a Fun Run and Empowerment Camp sponsored by Komera, an organization that focuses on building self-confidence in young Rwandan girls.
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