We will be travelling to Rwanda to share our skills about orchid conservation and propagation of orchid seeds with girls from FAWE school.

We will be travelling to Rwanda to share our skills about orchid conservation and propagation of orchid seeds with girls from FAWE school.

Who we are

We are Writhlington School Orchid Project, a group of students passionate about orchid conservation. We are based at Writhlington School, in the beautiful county of Somerset.  When not in lessons, we are in our greenhouse and propagation laboratory helping our orchids grow healthily. 1000 different orchid species are under our care.

Our project

We are travelling to Rwanda (Africa) in February 2016 to continue our work on orchid conservation with girls from the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) school. This is a boarding school in the capital Kigali that is empowering girls from disadvantaged backgrounds who are showing potential in science.

We will be taking girls from FAWE school to the Nyungwe Forest National Park, in the South West of the country, to see and learn about their local orchids in the wild. Our basecamp in Nyungwe Forest will be the Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management (KCCEM). We will also be sharing our expertise in propagation of orchid seeds in the laboratory.

Our work will help connect Rwandan communities with their local forest.

We intend to raise £2500 in order to provide funding for our trip to be successful and significant for both them and us.

What we will spend the money on

Your donation will go towards:

  • A bus to take the girls from FAWE school and us to Nyungwe Forest.
  • The permits to access the forest.
  • Food and accomodation at KCCEM.

Why this project is worth it

For the girls from FAWE school:

  • They will gain skills in wild orchid conservation and propagation of their seeds in the laboratory.
  • They can be pass on these skills to new students at FAWE school.
  • They will apply science in a real world setting.
  • They will learn more about British culture.

We believe all this can lead to future career opportunities for them.

Also, the local community will benefit from having more awareness of the plants living there.

For us

  • We will improve our communication skills.
  • We will learn about Rwandan wild orchids.
  • We will learn about Rwandan culture.
  • We will set up links with people over there so we can continue to collaborate in the future.

All this in turn will help British people learn about orchid conservation and other cultures: we will share our experiences at orchid shows around the UK.

What our partners in Rwanda are saying

"I and my students can't wait to work with you again!"

Tonny Kasinja, Science Teacher, FAWE school, Kigali, Rwanda

How you can donate

  1. Choose how much money you want to donate, and click the relevant grey box ("pledge £5 or more", "pledge £15 or more", "pledge £40 or more", or "pledge £100 or more").
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  3. Choose the exact amount you want to donate.
  4. Pay with your debit or credit card via Paypal by clicking the box "Check out with PayPal".
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    • If you don't have an account on PayPal, click on "Don't have a PayPal account".
      • Fill in the boxes to make the payment.

Further info

For more information please check our blog at http://wsbeorchids.org where we will post about current projects and what will be going on while we will be in Rwanda.