Summer trip intense but productive
Board member Elaine Chagnon again traveled to Nigeria this past summer, leaving on July 25 and returning home on August 10. She traveled with FaithCare and members of Trinity Church, Tariffville, her home church. She was scheduled to meet with Gusau teachers and then work the rest of the time with the combined teams at her church-sponsored medical clinic.
Travel was long and tiring, and the group was faced with numerous challenges along the way. Just before the trip, a bomb blast killed scores in Kaduna. Although team members were made aware and were given the option of cancelling, no one backed out, including three high school students. On the flight over, the group was made aware that the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in Lagos, 8 hours away from the site.
Teachers from Graceland International School traveled to Kaduna for training workshops led by Elaine Chagnon.
Ndanusa Fearon, a young local architect, agreed to provide drawings for the third classroom building– a science/computer lab/media center/administration building. Once he has seen the site, he will determine an appropriate placement for this building. He will also assist in locating a reputable computer distributor who could provide the laptops using recently acquired grant money.
Board member Elaine Chagnon again traveled to Nigeria this past summer. Prior to the trip, she attempted to determine topics that would be most beneficial to teachers. Making arrangements through email is dicey at best, so flexibility is key. Elaine knew teachers would come but made the assumption that there might be as many as 6, similar to last year. To her surprise, she was greeted by 12 educators from Graceland International, including the young principal! Teachers represented a range of grade levels from kindergarten through high school. She taught for two days.