Kafanchan, Nigeria Mission Update
WHO: Bishop Markus and Mrs. Nana Dogo will be visiting
WHAT: The Dogos are recipients of funding both through AEP and Kateri Medical Services. Both non-profits are working in Kafanchan to support the efforts in schools and with a medical clinic.
The Dogos would like to use this opportunity to meet and have an opportunity for discussion with their benefactors.
WHEN: Please mark your calendars!
Saturday, October 5, 2019
AEP Full Board Meeting
St Paul’s, Shelton CT
Sunday, October 6*
Sunday Worship and Potluck Lunch
99 Sand Hill Road, South Windsor, Connecticut 06074
11:30 Potluck Lunch
Sunday, October 13*
Welcome, Worship and Sermon
11 Church Street, Tariffville CT
11:15 Extended Coffee Hour
Tuesday, October 15*
Special Women’s Lunch with Nana Dogo
Trinity Episcopal Church, 300 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT.
Noon - 2:00
Breakfast Meeting and Address with Avon-Canton Rotary Club
Avon Old Farms Hotel, Avon, CT
Saturday, October 19*
Kateri Benefit Dinner
First Cathedral, 1151 Blue Hills Ave, Bloomfield CT
5.00 - 8.30
Sunday, October 20*
Tuesday, October 22*
Free, Public Presentation To Community Members by the Dogos
Gathering Room, Park House, Salmon Brook Park, 215 Salmon Brook Park Rd, Granby, CT
(1/2 mile south of Granby center)
*HOW you can get involved:
Please join us for one of the starred events to meet with this very special couple!
The Kogum River well is used every day by the school and by the wider community. It is a major factor in bringing renewal to this rural community. The provision of clean water is cutting absenteeism by reducing the incidence of water-born diseases for students and the wider community.
“Some people don’t think it’s cool to help others, personally I think it’s the coolest thing in the world” - Prince Harry.
Africa Education Partnership is pleased to announce that the renovation of the Kafanchan Junior Secondary School multi-purpose hall has been completed in time for the new academic year. Before the renovation began the hall was in a very bad state of repair; the ceiling and roof were near collapse, posing a danger to all who used it.
The interior panoramic photo shows the two wings of the hall.
The Kogum Well
The Kogum River well is used every day by the school and by the local community. It is a major factor in bringing renewal to this rural community. The provision of clean water is cutting absenteeism by reducing the incidence of water born diseases for students and the wider community.
In May, 2019 Africa Education Partnership board member Elaine Chagnon traveled to Nigeria to visit and gather more information about our projects in Kafanchan, Kaduna state. One of the most exciting events and a highlight of the trip was the dedication of the well at the Kogum River Nursery/Primary School. This well was funded by the Avon-Simsbury Rotary Club, Connecticut. It will supply the school and the community of around 1000 with clean, safe water for drinking. Prior to the well, students had to walk to collect water from the nearby Kogum River, which was polluted by the livestock that also came to drink.
Elaine cutting the ribbon at the dedication.
A highlight of board member Elaine Chagnon’s visit to Nigeria in May of 2019, was the privilege of cutting the ribbon at the dedication of the newly renovated four classroom block at Kogum River Nursery/Primary School. The school at Kogum River was built in the 1970s and was in a very bad condition with a leaky roof, a ceiling that had collapsed, and crumbling walls and floors. The basic structure was good, but the building required a new roof, ceilings, plaster, floor tiles, locking windows and doors, and paint.
Gidan Waya is the newest and fastest-growing school in the Kafanchan area. It has both a Nursery/Primary School as well as a Junior Secondary School, carrying students through their high school years.
Elaine Chagnon writes “I was able to spend valuable time with the teachers, which was just wonderful. They are so dedicated and hard-working. Some of the staff is comprised of teachers completing their "practicals" which is like our student teaching.”
Handmade feminine hygiene kits help girls stay in school.
Jolly, a friend of board member Elaine Chagnon, does work in Uganda and shared several feminine hygiene kits with Elaine before she left for Nigeria. Jolly has helped train young girls to sew their own kits.
The kits include soft, flannel pads that fit inside a "holder" that wraps around the underwear. There is a bar of soap, a washcloth, and an additional plastic bag where soiled pads can be placed with some water to soak them. Everything fits inside a cloth bag which can be discreetly carried. The kit is brilliant.