Summer trip intense and productive
Board member Elaine Chagnon again traveled to Nigeria this past summer, leaving on July 25 and returning home on August 10. She traveled with FaithCare and members of Trinity Church, Tariffville, her home church. She was scheduled to meet with Gusau teachers and then work the rest of the time with the combined teams at her church-sponsored medical clinic.
Travel was long and tiring, and the group was faced with numerous challenges along the way. Just before the trip, a bomb blast killed scores in Kaduna. Although team members were made aware and were given the option of cancelling, no one backed out, including three high school students. On the flight over, the group was made aware that the first case of ebola was diagnosed in Lagos, 8 hours away from the site.
Ndanusa Fearon, a young local architect, agreed to provide a drawings for the third classroom building– a science lab/media center/administration building. Once he has seen the site, he will determine an appropriate placement for this building. He was also able to help locate a reputable computer distributor who could provide solar laptops to be paid for from a grant AEP received last spring.
Board member Elaine Chagnon again traveled to Nigeria this past summer, leaving on July 25 and returning home on August 10. Making arrangements through email is dicey at best, so flexibility is key Elaine knew teachers would come but made the assumption that there might be as many as 6, similar to last year. To her surprise, she was greeted by 12 educators from Grace International, including the young principal! Teachers represented a range of grade levels from kindergarten through high school. She taught for two days.