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.
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?
One-third of Nigerians have no access to clean drinking water. This photo was sent to us from one of our partners in Nigeria to illustrate the need for clean drinking water in Nigeria. Acknowledgement: The photo was taken by Genuine Ernest Bishop Ahiabli, to show the dire need for clean drinking water in the village of Akpatoeme in the Ketu North Municipality In Ghana.
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).
This photo was taken at the Graceland International School in Gusau at approximately 7PM. Captured in the click of the camera’s shutter is an example of the endearing commitment and dedication of one of the many staff members at Graceland. Without reliable electricity, this is the only way to mark and review student work.
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.
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