By Peter Dewberry
On Friday, November 9, two Africa Education Partnership board members, Elaine Chagnon and Peter Dewberry, travelled from Connecticut to St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church in the Bronx, New York City. Ms. Chagnon dove her SUV, which was loaded down with books and educational materials destined for our schools in Nigeria. This was the second consignment of books we have sent.
The rector of St. Edmunds, the Rev’d Ben Nnaji, is a Nigerian expat. He has several projects in Nigeria for which he gathers supplies and materials to ship. He packs these goods into 44 gallon barrels, and through contacts in the shipping industry, these barrels are sent in containers to Nigeria.
Fr. Nnaji has been a great help in assisting us to send books and school supplies to Nigeria.
The cost of shipping one barrel, regardless of weight, is $250. This includes the cost of the barrel itself.
In the Bronx
We parked and began the task of unloading the books. We carried them into a room where the barrels for waiting for us. Once we had all the books inside we unpacked and began the packing process. It took about three hours to sort and pack the barrels with books and other school supplies. Once they were packed, sealed and ready for shipping, we felt a real sense of accomplishment.
The type of books we sent
The greatest need is for math and science books so we felt that we had helped to meet that need. The books will be kept in the school library and used as resources for both teachers and students. We anticipate sending further consignments as the need for additional books is expressed.
A big thank you
We are grateful to all who collected these books from local school districts and to Fr. Nnaji for facilitating the shipping of the barrels.