School to School Partnership
Our partnerships between schools in the U.S. with schools in East Africa provide opportunities for these communities to build new relationships, gain knowledge and engage in cultural exchange. We are constantly looking for new schools to join partnerships.
As of July 3, 2012, two high schools have become partners despite being 8,000 miles apart. On Tuesday, July 3rd in the Eastern Province of Rwanda, Dan Harms, the Dean of Students at Lutheran High School South, in St. Louis, Missouri, along with three recent LHSS graduates – Lauren Gardner, Brendan Kurtz, and Sarah Cooney – formalized the partnership with Rwamagana Lutheran Secondary School.
Headmaster of the Rwanda school, Robin Strickler, introduced the LHSS group and their Humanity for Children teammates to the students, faculty and staff. Tours were given and HFC team members ate lunch, played games, and had great conversations with members of this high school community. Robin had come to Lutheran South this past May to talk with the students and administration about the potential partnership.
It was during this visit that Lauren, Brendan, and Sarah first met Robin and learned about the invitation to participate in this partnership. On July 3rd, Dan and his students gave a number of gifts to the school, including three laptop computers, soccer balls, school uniforms, and even some retired athletic jerseys from Lutheran South. HFC is looking to develop more school to school partnerships.