Help my students if you can/Aidez mes étudiants si vous pouvez


Hi everyone,

My last appeal for support for my students in Burundi dates back to a little over a year ago. Since then, we have received a boxful of headphones from Spain as well as recorders, microphones and cameras from the US, Switzerland and Canada (thanks notably to a Spanish tour company, a radio DJ in Montréal and four individual donors in four different countries). We also received money to buy a small laptop computer. All in all, we were able to collect over $1000 worth of equipment and hand it off during a beautiful little ceremony in August in Bujumbura.  I can’t thank you all enough.

However, we are hoping for your help again. During the Christmas holidays, one of the team members signed out the laptop and took it to Rwanda on assignment. While he and his colleague were attending midnight mass, the house they were staying in was broken into and the laptop stolen, along with the wallets and identity documents of the two young men.

We are currently looking for a gently used, discounted laptop to replace it. If you have a laptop (Mac or Windows) that you would be willing to sell us at a low price or to donate, please contact me directly ( Thank you in advance.

Additionally, one young woman in particular is looking for a scholarship to study communication at an American or Canadian university. If you know of such a scholarship, please be so kind as to post a link in the comments field below.

Bonjour à toutes et à tous.

Mon dernier appel à soutien pour mes étudiants au Burundi remonte à il y a un peu plus d’un an. Grâce a vos dons et au travail acharné de certains coté communication et logistique, nous avons pu collectionner de l’argent et des fournitures (écouteurs, microphones, caméras, enregistreurs et un ordinateur portable) d’un valeur bien au-delà de $1000. Nous avons pu donner les fournitures au recteur de l’Université Lumière et-ou aux jeunes journalistes eux-mêmes, pendant des belles petites cérémonies à Bujumbura. Je vous remercie infniment.

Cependant, on a encore besoin de votre aide. Pendant les vacances de Noel, un membre de l’équipe a pris l’ordinateur avec lui sur le terrain au Rwanda. Pendant que l’étudiant et un collègue assistaient à la messe de minuit, la maison dans laquelles ils étaient hébergés a été cambriolée et l’ordinateur volé, ainsi que les portefeuilles et les documents des deux jeunes hommes.

Nous cherchons donc un ordinateur portable usagé en bon état, Mac ou Windows. Si vous avez un tel ordinateur que vous êtes en mesure de nous donner ou de nous vendre à un prix attirant, prière de me contacter directement (

Nous avons aussi une jeune femme en particulier qui cherche une bourse la permettant de faire une maitrise en communication dans une université américaine ou canadienne. Si vous connaissez une telle bourse, prière de commenter dans le champ des commentaires.

Merci à l’avance.



About msmarguerite

Young Quebec City-based freelance journalist. once and future nomad. I blog about life, about travel, about things I notice and every so often about work. I enjoy language learning, singing, swing dancing, skating and...other stuff, sometimes. My heart is somewhere in East Africa, Haiti or Eastern Europe. English, français, русский, malo slovensko, un poco de espanol, um pouco de português ndiga ikirundi, mwen ap aprann kreyòl...
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