We welcome our very first Guest Blogger, the Revd. Amjad Samuel.
What do you call an event that brings together groups, friends, youth, Irish music, concert-goers, and sandwiches to help change the world through education halfway around the world? On August 1, 2018 Africa Education Partnership wa part of a beautiful synergy between a diverse gathering of interest groups to raise over a thousand dollars for Graceland International School in Gusau, Zamfara State, Nigeria.
Last year St. Paul’s Episcopal Church youth Carly Hajducky, had collected books for Graceland School. This year she took on the challenge of organizing and promoting a musical fundraiser for Graceland. She designed a beautiful flier, and with the help of her mom, Jody Wilson, she placed the flier at different locations in Shelton, CT. She created an engaging campaign on social media to promote this event, a concert on the town green. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church also paid to boost Carly’s campaign on Facebook.
The response to Carly’s hard work and the popularity of the Highland Rovers Band resulted in a crowd of over 400 people gathering on the Huntington Green for a beautiful summer concert with family, friends and pets.
Kekes are a routine method of transportation in Nigeria....
These three-wheeled vehicles have become very popular, competing with the motorbike taxis that have been a staple for a long time. These kekes provide a bit more protection and can carry more passengers than the motorbike.
Kekes are quite maneuverable and can negotiate crowded Nigerian city streets better than larger cars. They are also far less costly to operate and provide jobs for many young men that otherwise would be jobless.
Despite the positives, kekes, particularly when driven at higher speeds, can be dangerous. These are vehicles that are commonly used to deliver children to school, as centralized transportation for education purposes does not exits in Nigeria. When the groups of these vehicles are often referred to as the "wild bunch" (newirin.irinnews.org), it gives one pause when inviting children to ride in them...