We arrived in Kigali, Rwanda to meet with the leadership of Rwanda Youth For Christ about the master plan for Kigali Christian School. The school started at the end of 2005 after the construction of the first two school buildings by Builders Without Borders. Builders Without Borders was formed with the specific purpose of partnering with Christian ministries already established and functioning in the developing world. As with most partnerships, communication is essential to proper planning. Builders Without Borders believes that both organizations become more effective as a result of the give-and-take of the planning and construction process. No one knows the situation of a project better than the ministry already functioning in the country. Their knowledge helps Builders Without Borders to construct buildings that meet actual needs, not just what outsiders think is needed. Likewise, the ministry can gain from the insights of experienced builders. A true partnership means that each ministry’s leadership can ask tough questions of each other, resulting in a stronger project (“iron sharpens iron”).
We (Dan Dodrill, David Dodrill and Kevin Mirner) met over the course of two days to discuss needs of Kigali Christian School, a ministry of Youth For Christ Rwanda with 650 students. Discussions centered on facilities that are needed to retain students as they enter secondary school (7-12th grade). Questions centered on the need for: residence dorms, a science lab, a larger computer lab, classroom needs, retaining walls, and a site survey that includes all current buildings.