In a recent conversation with Bishop Markus of Kafanchan, I asked him to tell us in his own words the benefit buses would bring to the schools in Kafanchan. He sent a very detailed five point text in reply. Kafanchan is a largely rural with many small villages.
Finding ways to get children to school is a common problem for the schools we work with in Nigeria. There is no centralized bus service as in the United States. Schools must either purchase and maintain their own vehicles or count on children walking to school or parental drop-off.
Jagindi Tasha Nursery/Primary School is located on a large, open tract of land close to a main road. While the school is set back on the property, the openness and accessibility to the road could prove problematic.
Jagindi Tasha is a rural village about 1 ½ hours outside of Kafanchan center and home to one of five nursery/primary schools within the Kafanchan diocese.
Finished product - just beautiful! These wonderful desks accommodate two students each and will be waiting when the Jagindi Tasha rural school reopens... after Covid-19 has exited
Classroom furniture is one of the keys to high performing students. ... It's proven to increase student collaboration, focus involvement, engagement, feedback, and stimulation.
Planned and Postponed
By this date April 28, 2020 a joint team of eight members from Africa Education Partnership (AEP) and Kateri Medical Services, had expected to be in Nigeria, after departing from Boston on April 24th. Two board members from AEP, Peter Dewberry and Elaine Chagnon, were to be part of this team. The plans included visits to our original project in Gusau and then to the Kafanchan district in Kaduna State.
(See the attached map, Gusau shown with a red star in Zamfara State, Kafanchan with a blue star, in Kaduna State).
All necessary arrangements had been made, including vaccinations and Rx for medicines, letters of invitation from our Nigerian partners, visas, and plane tickets were in hand. However, due to the travel restrictions that resulted from the global pandemic of Covid-19, we had to postpone the trip. The decision to postpone was a huge disappointment for the whole team.
This photo, taken at the Graceland International School in Gusau at approximately 7PM, captures in a click of the camera’s shutter, the commitment and dedication of one of the many staff members at Graceland.
Although peaceful and serene, it belies the daily struggle that dedicated teachers face every day, since the only light available to this staff member was that which was under the portico. But It is also emblematic of the joy and grace that visitors encounter when interacting with the vast majority of Nigerians.
Photo and Caption by Bob and Mary Dorland. Bob and Mary visited Nigeria in the fall of 2019, and spent time at Graceland International School and Graceland Hospital in Gusau.
It’s hard for us to imagine living in our homes without safe, clean drinking water and flushable toilets. What if you had to send your child out every day to collect water for domestic use? And what if the closest source of water was a polluted pond, stream or river, more than a mile away?
In Nigeria, one third of the population has no access to clean drinking water. Those in that group often use water polluted by human and animal waste along with chemical pollution from mining and refinery operations.
A joint team from both Africa Education Partnership (AEP) and Kateri Medical Services, is in the planning stages for a spring trip to Nigeria. Two board members from AEP, Peter Dewberry and Elaine Chagnon are part of this team. The plans include visits to our original project in Gusau and then to the Kafanchan area to assess progress of our current work and assessing next steps.