After several months of meetings and discussions, the group has decided on a mission and name for their newly formed group- Africa Education Partnership. There is much work still to do, as the members need to figure out the best way to proceed in partnership with our new Nigerian partners.
Telephone calls are difficult at best, with the language challenges (accents!) and cost. Email is slow but perhaps the best option to get started.
Work continues on establishing an initial budget for the school construction. As a group, we also need to develop a logo and a presence. Each group member brings energy and a skill-set...now we just need to dive in!
Fundraiser October, 2009.
In October 2009 Africa Education Partnership (AEP) held its first fundraising banquet to benefit Grace International School (GIS). About 100 people attended this event.
At this banquet attendees were given a detailed report on our trip to Gusau Nigeria in February 2009, to see the land that was purchased for Grace International School. We reported on the enthusiastic greeting and welcome of the Nigerian committee established to oversee the project. We reported on the visits to rural churches and communities. We showed photos of the various places we visited and of the vacant land on which GIS was to be built. At the banquet we gave the vision of the first phase of the project. A school compound of three classroom buildings and an additional building to house teachers. The energy of our Nigerian partners was contagious and we were inspired to raise money for this school, starting with the banquet held in October of 2009. The total cost of the complex is somewhere in the neighborhood of $350,000, a very small amount by American standards.
This initial fundraising effort yielded an amazing $39,000, these monies have been almost depleted with the construction of the first classroom building. We now need your help more than ever. Please consider making a donation to help complete the first classroom building - it needs a roof!