The First Lady of Rwanda, Jeanette Kagame (pictured) spoke at the annual Ms Geek 2016 Awards ceremony in Kigali, where only five out of 130 Girls in ICT were awarded for innovative projects providing solutions to the community's challenges. Our Gashora students took second and third place, the only high school students which received awards.
When you give to these motivated young women, you are fostering creativity and innovation. In fact, in her remarks at the opening of our school the First Lady called our girls the future "mothers of invention". This year, Gashora Girls won the national Rwanda Education Board (REB) science competition, the first time girls have done so. The girls developed a pump that used simple materials to draw water in a valley up to the mountain without using electricity. Winning team member, Sandrine Mutezinka said, "We developed the project after we observed children carrying water on their heads from down the valley to their homes on the hills."