The school project started at the request of the then mayor of Nyagatare, a schoolmate of Fr. Jean’s from Uganda. He asked Fr. Jean, who has been in charge of church schools in southern Uganda for nine years, to build a school in Rwanda where the need is great and there is only one secondary school in the district which is an all girls school. The mayor asked for a school for boys. The request was seconded by the Bishop of the diocese of Byumba. Then, the voices of parents in the area became insistent that the school be for girls also, and so it will be. Local politicians promised to help, and the government gave title to the first parcel of land for a nominal fee. A second parcel, adjacent to the original parcel, became available and was purchased at fair market price. Both parcels have water and electricity, a particular blessing in this area.