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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, 2019 the full Africa Education Board met with Bishop Dogo and his wife Nana in Shelton, Connecticut. All of the AEP Connecticut Board members were present, except for one who joined via phone from Virginia Beach, Our two Ohio board members traveled from Akron to be present.
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.
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.
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.