Granby teacher and Board Member Elaine Chagnon gave presentations at Kelly Lane Intermediate School, Kearns Primary School, and Granby Memorial High School on the Grace International School project and the desperate need for text books. Titled “Change for Change”, Chagnon encouraged students to donate spare change for the purchase of text books.
In Nigeria, a text book can be purchased for about $5. After having received a detailed list of the books needed for the school, Chagnon figured that about $5000 would be needed to purchase the 1000 needed text books.
At Granby Memorial High School, students of the AFS Club, advised by Consumer Science teacher Deb Jacques, designed a logo and tie-dyed T-shirts for sale as part of the fundraising efforts for the above textbooks.
Companion in Mission for Publishing and Communication awarded AEP a second grant of $7200 for the purchase of needed text books. About 1000 text books are needed to deliver the state curriculum. These books will be made available to students who cannot afford to purchase them. In addition, monies will be set aside for the purchase of computer equipment. While the school has four computers from the previous grant, more are needed. We will wait until there is a secure, dust-free environment before investing this money.
Exam hall and additional classrooms.
In order to be an accredited school, Grace International School must have a separate Examination Hall. A new exam hall is therefore under construction so that students may sit for their West Africa Education Council (WAEC) Board exams. Success in these exams will enable students to go on to university. The building has two floors, the exam hall on the first floor and additional classrooms and office space will be built over the open hall on the second floor.
AEP Welcomes a New Board Member!
AEP is pleased and proud to announce the addition of Reverend Amjad Samuel to the Board of Directors. Rev. Amjad comes to us having served as Assistant Rector at St. Paul’s Church, Akron. He was recently installed as Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Huntington.
A native of Pakistan, Rev. Amjad came to know Bishop John when they were roommates while both studying for their Master’s degrees in Muslim-Christian Relations at Hartford Seminary.
We welcome Rev. Amjad’s passion, knowledge and wisdom as an important member of the Board.
He and his wife Mollie are settling into their new surroundings as Mollie works on her Master’s Thesis in Theology.
2015 visit by Bishop John and his wife Helen
Bishop John Danbinta has plans to return to the U.S. in the spring of 2015. He is will be traveling with his wife, Helen, who has just received word that her visa application has been approved. This will be her first trip to the USA! The trip is tentatively scheduled for May, but at this point, travel plans are still in the discussion stage.
While here, the Danbintas plan to spend time in both Connecticut and Ohio, visiting the partner churches and spending time with supporters.
A benefit dinner is now in the planning stages in order to raise funds for a bus and the third school building.
We are extremely excited to have Helen travel this time. The message she brings will give everyone first-hand understanding of a woman’s perspective of life in a society where women often struggle for social equality. We look forward to her testimony.
Once the plans are firmed up, invitations will be sent out.
As we reflect this holiday season on all of the tremendous achievements that our mission partners in northern Nigeria have accomplished, we offer heartfelt thanks to you and the many generous donors who supported Africa Education Partnership this year. Together we have helped our mission partners open the first classroom building at Grace International School, and complete substantially all of the second classroom building. As our work progresses we continue to learn more about the importance and the urgency of your ongoing support, and we ask that you consider making a donation this holiday season.