By Elaine Chagnon
After a week of medical outreach and the dedication of the Graceland International School Exam Hall, our time in Gusau ended at 2:00 p.m.
After a quick lunch, we piled into the bus for the 4 ½ hour drive to Kaduna, our midway resting place on the way to Kafanchan. Our task was to investigate schools within the Kafanchan area to determine needs. We also wanted to assess spend time with our hosts to determine if a new partnership with AEP was feasible.
The bus was full, and we headed out by 3:00 p.m. after lunch. Our goal was to reach Kaduna before dark. We all got silly looking at goofy YouTube videos for a lot of laughs!
Three hours into the journey, the bus began experiencing mechanical difficulties, slowing to an idle. Our driver pulled over and determined that an electrical problem involving the throttle was the culprit. After some "tinkering", we headed out again; luckily, we were close to Zaria, a bustling college town.
We coasted into a gas station and consulted with the mechanic who confirmed the electrical problem. He quickly determined that the repair was beyond his skill set. Luckily, he had a friend who was an electrician. After an hour wait, reinforcements arrived and the problem was fixed. The bus was able to drive on, reaching Kaduna at around 7:45. We dropped our friends at a transfer station and headed on to our place of lodging. After a meal and a surprise visit by Bishop Markus Dogo of Kafanchan, we headed to bed. We agreed to leave at 7:00 a.m. the next morning.
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