Clean water is one of the most critical needs for any community. Now that our schools all have access to clean water, sanitation was the next project.
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.
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.
The Kogum Well
The Kogum River well is used every day by the school and by the local 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.
Cutting the ribbon at the dedication of the renovated school building. Elaine Chagnon, representing (African Educational Partnership) which raised the funds for the renovation.
Elaine with Africa Education Partnership presenting the new well
“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 Kogum 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 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 to renovate a block of four classrooms at the school.
Our newest project is at Kogum River, in the Diocese of Kafanchan, in Kaduna State, Nigeria. Kafanchan is largely rural and is relatively poor, even by Nigerian standards. The district 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.
Early on Friday morning, October 19, the school van arrived at Bishop Markus’s home. We had eaten earlier and now accompanied our group to board. Several armed police officers were already waiting for us. We headed out on rural roads, far out of Kafanchan center, to the village of Kogum River to view the nursery/primary school, constructed in 1972.