We have truly missed being with our partners in Nigeria. Although we are grateful for photos, phone calls, and emails, there is nothing quite like meeting in person to share stories and laughs together.
Jagindi Tasha, a rural school outside of Kafanchan, has experienced great growth in the student population.
It has been a difficult year, with both trips to Nigeria canceled. Thankfully, work has progressed through the efforts of our partners.
Antang and Achin, two rural villages, received completed boreholes. The remainder of the funds from First Baptist Church of Manchester was utilized to complete these boreholes. The small, rural communities now have clean water for the first time.
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Bishop Markus Dogo of Kafanchan and his wife, Mrs. Nana Dogo, arrived in Connecticut in early October to begin a busy and fruitful series of engagements, promoting the work of Africa Education Partnership and our sister organization Kateri Medical Services.
On Saturday, October 5, the board of Africa Education Partnership met for a full day retreat with guests and partners, Bishop Markus and Nana Dogo. The meeting took place in Shelton, Connecticut, with board members from Akron, Ohio, making the tip north. One board member joined via phone from Virginia Beach.
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 exterior photos show a remarkable transformation!
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.
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.