Gusau Trip August
On July 22, three members of the AEP board, a southern Connecticut teacher, and two members of St. Paul’s Church, Akron, Ohio, boarded a plane for Abuja, Nigeria. They traveled with eight members of FaithCare and Trinity Church, Tariffville, bound for the Kateri medical clinic. After almost 24 hours of travel, the team arrived safely, spending the first night in the capital city, Abuja.
After a day of setting up the clinic, the team prepared for the crowds arriving for medical care on Monday. While four of the six joined the clinic crew on Monday, Don Ghostlaw and Elaine Chagnon traveled with Bishop John to the U.S. Embassy to meet with a representative to help ensure Bishop John’s visa for his next visit in the spring of 2012.
On Wednesday, our team of six split from the others and traveled to Kaduna to visit St. Michael’s College, considered to be a model secondary school. We spent time touring the school and talking with the principal and teachers. The excellent dialogue gave us a wealth of information about education in Nigeria. Armed with this information we left Kaduna for Gusau. Traveling north took about four hours, with numerous roadblocks designed to slow traffic through the many small villages we had to pass through on our way to Gusau.
Finally, we arrived in Gusau, on Thursday 28, 2011. What a joy to enter Bishop’s compound! We were warmly greeted, allowed to freshen up, and given a meal. Three of bishop’s six children were at home, so meeting them along with his wife, Helen, was very special.
St. Michael’s College, Kaduna
On Wednesday, the AEP team of six split from the others and traveled to Kaduna to visit St. Michaels’ College, considered to be a model secondary school. We spent time touring the school campus, learning as much about their facilities as possible. We talked with the principal, several of their teachers and heads of departments, and from them we learned a lot about the Nigerian education system and the challenges of education in Nigeria. The excellent dialogue left us excited to get to Gusau.