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.
Buses from Dattco Inc. of New Britain, Connecticut.
Retired Dattco Controller Bob Chagnon, husband of AEP board member Elaine Chagnon, worked with contacts at the company and located two used buses in good condition at a good price. The buses were purchased.
Fundraising efforts through Facebook.
Fundraising through Facebook raised enough money to cover shipping costs for the buses along with two barrels of spare parts. Eleven additional barrels of school and medical supplies were also loaded on board. Certified drivers were hired to drive the vehicles to New York for shipping.
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