Your Help is Needed Now More Than Ever!
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, disturbing news from northern Nigeria flows in: 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 northeastern Nigeria, including 57 male students. Extremists of the Boko Haram group 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 support 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 partners ensure that children in northern Nigeria receive a good education.
Contributions from individuals and groups remain our most important and consistent source of income. Without people like you stepping up at the grassroots level the ,Graceland International School project would not be possible. With your help, we have raised just over $170,000, sending $139,000 to Nigeria to complete the first classroom block and start the second block. An additional $10,000 is 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.