Despite challenges, the construction of the girls’ dormitory is progressing. A second installment of funds has been sent and received.
Our latest project: a girls' dormitory, kitchen, and dining hall at Graceland International School.
The first installment of $10,000 has been wired to our partners in Gusau to begin the dormitory project.
During the fall of 2020, discussion resumed with our partners in Gusau regarding the construction of dormitories for Graceland international School. Dormitories are a necessity for secondary schools, encouraging students from farther-reaching areas to continue their education past the compulsory grade 6 level.
Recent news from Graceland International School, Gusau, Nigeria
Recent news from Graceland has been very encouraging, with enrollment up in all grades. There is a healthy balance between the numbers of boys and girls, as well as Christian and Muslim students. The aim of Graceland International School (GIS) is to ensure that both boys and girls have equal opportunities for the quality education that is offered there. The aim of the school is “reconciliation through education”. Therefore GIS enrolls both Christian and Muslim students without discrimination. Learning together encourages understanding and acceptance between those from different backgrounds.
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.
I was able to meet with a small group of teachers and the administrative team to review the progress made at the school.
We were very excited to get a tour of the school after our survey of the hospital. The changes in just a year’s time were quite remarkable. The exam hall was completed and is truly beautiful.
In a recent editorial published in the Nigerian daily “This Day”, it was noted that the most recent WAEC exam results were again dismal, even depressing. Unless the authorities take action to turn around the state of education in the country, educational standards will continue to fall. Nationally, only 18% of the candidates who entered the exams received results that would gain them admission into some of the better universities.
In contrast the results of the students at Graceland International School surpasses the national results.
Wall Fundraiser– Can you Help?
The property directly behind Graceland International School provides enough space to build additional classroom blocks and dormitories in the future. This is a prime piece of land surrounded by a growing neighborhood. As houses continue to spring up, there is an increased probability that the land might be encroached upon.
Even though the property has been purchased and paid for, it is currently unoccupied and can be encroached by property owners adjoining our property. Building the wall is a crucial next-step. The wall can be constructed in phases, with the perimeter established three to four blocks high. As long as the border has been established, all will be well.
Our partners have the ability to make their own blocks.
The total bill for the wall is estimated to be around $60,000. We have already secured about half of the funds needed. In order to speed up the project, would you consider purchasing blocks at $10.00 each or making an additional donation for the wall fund? Every little bit helps, especially at this crucial time.