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.