There is no school transportation system established in Nigeria. Students walk (sometimes long distances), are driven by parents, take public buses if available or hire a driver who takes them on the back of a moped. Our partner in Kafanchan, Bishop Dogo, while conversing with an AEP representative, expressed a desire to have several small school buses shipped to the port of Lagos for delivery to Kafanchan. He agreed to pay for the buses and import taxes and requested that Africa Education Partnership pay the shipping to Nigeria.
In true Nigerian style, there was much joy and celebration throughout the community, as the buses traveled the last miles to the school in Kafanchan. In addition to the crowds that lined the street, the Boys Brigade marched ahead of the procession with drums and bugles adding to the festive air.
The Parade begins, lead by the Boys Brigade.
After nearly six weeks at sea, the buses purchased for use at the rural schools in Kafanchan, which are supported by Africa Education Partnership, arrived at the port city of Lagos, Nigeria on November 10. It is important to note that these vehicles were purchased by our partners in Kafanchan. Drivers were sent to Lagos to drive the buses back to Kafanchan in Kaduna State.
A generous donor has offered to match dollar-for-dollar any donations received until 12/26. If you are in a position to donate, please consider supporting this project. Our Gusau partners and the AEP board members thank you in advance for your consideration.
Finding ways to get children to school is a common problem for the schools we work with in Nigeria. There is no centralized bus service as in the United States. Schools must either purchase and maintain their own vehicles or count on children walking to school or parental drop-off.
Under the leadership of Mrs. Nana Dogo, a Women’s Center has been built. The focus of the center is to empower women by providing them with the skills needed to earn money for themselves and their families. The region is rural with subsistence farming as the main source of income. Poverty is most evident and acute among 2500 widows in this community.