It is hard to believe that it has been just over a year since our fundraising banquet in support of Grace International School in Gusau, Nigeria. Our friend, Bishop John Danbinta, shared his vision of a school in his diocese that would provide a quality education for all children, regardless of gender, faith or ethnic background. The people of the Gusau Diocese have embraced the idea and are excited about this new school.
In February of 2009, several board members made the trip to Gusau to see the land that was purchased for Grace International School. The Nigerian committee established to oversee the project was there to greet and discuss plans for the school compound of three classroom buildings and an additional building to house teachers. Their energy and enthusiasm was contagious and we were excited to partner with them by raising money for this school, starting with the banquet held in October of 2009. The total cost of the complex is somewhere in the neighborhood of $350,000, a very small amount by American standards.
Right: A view of foundation construction during the early stages of construction.
Now we need your help more than ever. While the initial fundraising effort yielded an amazing $39,000, the monies have been almost depleted with the construction of the first classroom building. Please consider making a donation to help complete the first classroom building - it needs a roof!
Above: The first floor of building one is completed and is awaiting a roof!
The school is being built in a new housing development that is rapidly expanding as many new homes are built.