As we close out another year at AEP, I thought it would be useful to take stock of where our mission partners are in their ongoing (and very successful) journey to build and maintain better schools. As with everyone, our partners continue to struggle with their own unique challenges, but not necessarily driven by Covid.
Reality: Nigeria continues to be a hotbed of activity from terrorist groups and gangs of marauding bandits. While this is never the news partners want to hear, it is, nevertheless, a reality with which we are faced. The issues bubbling beneath the surface of Nigeria– poverty, high inflation, government corruption and inadequacy, lack of viable infrastructure, underdeveloped social services, tribal and religious clashes, and effects from global warming– have all risen to the surface in a cauldron of bubbling brew.
Our partners: We have increased the frequency of communication with our partners in an effort to keep tabs on their well-being. Both partners live within city limits, which affords a bit more protection than the strictly rural areas. Everyone is managing at this point. We continue to provide what support we can.
Our work: Our work will continue– with your help. Our partners have been known to us for many years. We have spent time in their homes, sharing meals and fellowship together. They have been in our homes as well and we know each other’s families. How can you not continue to reach out and help your family?
School renovations: The Kafanchan schools that have been renovated are now full of students, despite disruptions and temporary, periodic closings due to insecurity. It has been told to us that these schools are a great improvement over the government schools that are available in the areas in which we work. As a result, schools fill up as soon as renovations are complete, in some cases, by twice the number of students. This is a good problem to have, as Nigeria still lags behind in the ability to educate children. Education for all is one of the keys to Nigeria’s future.
Join us: Our work depends mainly on donations from individuals like you. It is our bread and butter, so to speak. During this time especially, we must continue to ensure that Nigeria’s children receive an opportunity for a quality education. Now, more than ever before, please consider taking the chance to become someone else’s hope. Thank you, as always, for your support.
Don Ghostlaw, President of AEP