Phase 4 of MACU-Rwanda Campus
In Phase 4 we tackle some of the remaining financial hurdles preventing Rwandan young people from pursuing an associate degree.
We plan to rent six street level units of the building @ 400,000 FRW per month which equals about $2,500 per month.
Phase 4 Needs
First, in phase 4, there is the question of the ongoing overhead for a small campus in Rwanda. Then there are some other expense questions. Two or three times a year the cost for a professor traveling to Rwanda will need to be covered. Finally, how can Rwandan students afford a fifty dollar text book, etc.? The associate degree will require online work which requires computers. So, students will need laptops and software. Most Rwandan students cannot afford tuition, books, laptops, software...
Most courses will be a distance learning model. Occasionally, there will be an intensive course in Kigali requiring a professor to travel to Rwanda. Professors will offer their classes for free. They will view this as a gift to missions. However, any expenses, like travel, will need to be covered. Rwanda Challenge is able to cover those expenses several times a year.
"Support a Student"
Previously there were partners who were giving $30 a month for "Equip a Church Leader" and "Equip the Next Generation." This helped to cover the expenses for church leaders and young people to attend training sessions in Kigali. These partnerships have now transitioned to "Support a Student."
Here is the basic idea of "Support a Student."
$30 a month for two years will cover things like application fee, laptop, and textbooks.
Adequate laptops from Dubai can be purchased in Kigali for $250 each. The laptops are to be available for students during their two-year program and then given as a gift at graduation.
There is a free version of Logos 8 (Bible software) which will be critical in the student's program. Many of the necessary school books can be obtained through a Logos gift card. A free version of Microsoft is also available to MACU students.
As the MACU-Rwanda program advances, we plan to have two cohorts of twenty-five students per cohort each year. That means we will eventually have the potential of one hundred students at one time (four cohorts in a two year cycle. But for now, let's think in terms of the first twenty-five.
It would be a tremendous blessing to have twenty-five new partners to say yes to "Support a Student."