Your Help is Needed Now More Than Ever! - part 1
We are reminded weekly about why we continue to work so hard with and for our mission partners in Nigeria.
As this newsletter goes to press, news from northern Nigeria is disturbing the kidnapping of an estimated 276, school girls in the northeast state of Borno, the bombings in Jos, Kano and Abuja, and additional killings in Borno in northeast Nigeria, including 57 male students. Extremists of the Boko Haram cult, have taken many innocent lives (over 3,000 this year alone by one count) and continue to press their agenda against Western (secular) education and in favor of imposing Sharia law throughout Nigeria.
In the words of Nigerian poet and novelist Lola Shoneyin, “the most effective way to defeat [these extremists] and everything [they] believe in is to ensure children, especially girls in northern Nigeria, receive a good education.” See Ms. Shoneyin’s exceptionally informative and very timely article at http://tinyurl.com/m4v3nql. As we continue to support our partners in Nigeria, with your generous assistance we also continue to do just as Ms. Shoneyin urges – help our mission partners ensure that children in northern Nigeria receive a good education.
Contributions from individual and parish donors remain our most important and consistent source of income. Without people like you stepping up at the grassroots level the Grace International School project would not be possible. With your help we have thus far raised just over $170,000, and we have sent over $139,000 to Nigeria to complete the first classroom block and start the second block, with an additional $10,000 ready to send!
In light of recent activities, many in northern Nigeria who have been aware of the state of education have now come forward in written articles and blogs. From these writings we in the U.S. have come to understand and better appreciate the importance of collective accomplishments thus far, and just how critical it is that we continue to move ahead.