Jagindi Tasha is a rural village about 1 ½ hours outside of Kafanchan center and home to one of five nursery/primary schools within the Kafanchan diocese.
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.
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.
Nana Dogo shared with Elaine the story of Eunice, a tenth grade student at Kafanchan Senior Secondary School. This girl just happened to be leaving with her mom and her belongings when Nana arrived at the school (Nana serves as school principal). When Eunice was questioned as to why she was leaving, it was discovered that she was in arrears with her school account- her tuition had not been paid. The rule is that if tuition is left unpaid for more than one trimester, the student is asked to withdraw. Eunice was in tears as her mother shared that her father had passed away. An uncle had stepped up to pay for the school fees - but he, too, had recently died. The mother shared that she was just now getting back to work after being in a serious accident. The only schooling that she could afford for her daughter was a government school.