The consideration of a hospital adjacent to Graceland International School.
AEP has been made aware of a wonderful opportunity, one that will enhance both the school and the surrounding neighborhood. Kateri Medical Services, Inc., led by Ven. Tom Furrer, president of that non-profit organization, has been involved in discussion with Bishop John Danbinta regarding plans to build a hospital adjacent to the the school. The conversations began last March, when an AEP representative was invited to attend a meeting with the two leaders and a group of doctors. Ven. Tom Furrer provided the parameters for the construction of the proposed hospital. This proposed project reinforces the connection between education and medical care.
Graceland Hospital construction underway.
During our week in Gusau at Graceland International School, Bishop John Danbinta took time to give a tour of Graceland Hospital, currently under construction. As Gusau is a capital city, a small clinic would not suffice, so a large hospital facility is in the works. The hospital will provide not only basic medical care but surgery and maternity services as well. Being branded under the school name will strengthen the connection between medical care and education. Students from the school will be able to get first-hand experience in the medical fields by walking through the gate.
This is an ambitious project funded by Kateri Medical Services, Inc., another NGO based in Tariffville, CT. The plan is to complete the hospital for October, 2018, in time for an inaugural medical outreach. In addition, plans are underway to have a dual dedication of the hospital and Graceland International School exam hall.
Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa, and the seventh most populous in the world. Nigeria’s education sector has been overburdened by strong population growth and a significant ‘youth bulge.’ (More than 60 percent of the country’s population is under the age of 24.)
AEP Fundraiser Scheduled
On Wednesday August 1, St. Paul’s Church in Huntington, Connecticut will host a fundraiser for AEP. The event will will take place on the Huntington Green in Shelton and feature a concert by the band the Highland Rovers. The band plays Irish music with a kick.
Compulsory, free Universal Basic Education in primary and junior secondary schools, is the Nigerian Federal Government’s policy- yet millions of children especially from families of low income, either don't go to school or drop out. In Zamfara, the government has said it has taken measures to address the problem, yet thousands have never entered a classroom or have dropped out for economic and cultural reasons.
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