The board of Africa Education Partnership, recently decided that we would fund the drilling of a well at each of our school sites, where they have no access to clean drinking water. We have discovered that there is a direct link between student health and their education. Having access to clean, safe water for drinking and sanitation can make a difference between life and death.
Lack of clean water a health hazard that affects school attendance.
Clean water, toilets and good hygiene practices are essential for the survival and development of children. Poor access to clean water and sanitation in Nigeria remains a major contributing factor to high morbidity and mortality rates among children under five. The use of contaminated drinking water and poor sanitary conditions result in increased vulnerability to water-borne diseases, including diarrhea which leads to deaths of more than 70,000 children under five annually.
“Today I was overjoyed when I saw the renovated classrooms painted. They look more than renovated, they look just like brand new. Peace.” Bp. Markus M Dogo.
Joy all around.
We at Africa Education Partnership are equally overjoyed at the completion of our first renovation project in Kafanchan. The Kagom River Nursery/Primary School was in a very serious state of disrepair. There is still a lot of work to do at this school- one more classroom building requires renovation and new construction of a three-classroom block is needed.
Kogum River Primary School, Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Africa Education Partnership’s newest project is the renovation of a four classroom block at Kogum River Nursery/Primary School in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Nigeria. AEP began a new Partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Kafanchan, Kaduna State in late 2018. Board member Elaine Chagnon and her husband visited Kafanchan in October 2018. After visiting these schools it was clear that the Kogum River Nursery/Primary School was most in need of renovation. The board of AEP voted to send US$9,000.00 to renovate a block of four classrooms at the school.
On February 22, AEP board member Elaine Chagnon made the trip to Akron, Ohio to meet with board members Angela Dimezza and Paul Frank. At dinner on Friday night, lively discussion took place outlining plans to move ahead with the school renovations in the Kafanchan region of Nigeria. They were joined by Paul’s daughter, Rev. Elizabeth Frank and Angela’s husband Peter.
Packed and Shipped
On November 9, 2019, AEP board members Peter Dewberry and Elaine Chagnon drove to the Bronx, New York to meet with Rev. Ben Nnaji of St. Edmund’s Church. Waiting there were three shipping barrels waiting to be loaded with supplies. Thanks to Rev. Nnaji, the barrels were loaded on a container ship.
The teachers and students in Kafanchan schools teach and study under very difficult circumstances, with few resources and poor conditions. The attached photos show a teacher working with dedication, teaching a class of eager students. There are not even enough books for every student to have their own. The students are typical of so many Nigerian children, eager to learn, despite the obstacles that they face.
Our newest project is at Kagon River, in the Diocese of Kafanchan, in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Kafanchan is largely rural and is relatively poor, even by Nigerian standards. The diocese has several schools from primary to secondary. Some of these schools are old and were built in the 1930s and are in serious need of renovation.
After a long delay, we are excited to announce that the well at Graceland International School is finally being drilled, the delay was caused by the the fact that the raining season made the soil waterlogged, now that the dry season has arrived work began in earnest. This well is vital for the provision of clean safe, drinking water for the school. The well will not only serve the school, but also the adjoining Graceland Hospital, opened last October.
Education Partnership has growing online presence through our website www.africaep.org, our Africa Education Partnership Facebook page and Instagram. We are pleased that this online presence is spreading the needs of education in Africa to a wider and wider audience, We believe that education is the key to the future of Africa,s 53 different countries, each with its own set of challenges.