Ishahayi Beach School Foundation
2 Lateef Jakande
Gail Vendeland, Kristiann Gips, Kelly Kirby, Sherry Lory, Belen Barquet, Angela Patterson, Kimberly Davis, Janet Hall, Rob Kerscher, Robbin Unietis, Pam Smith, Donna Vaught
The mission of the Ishahayi Beach School Foundation is to promote and foster the education of Nigerian children, particularly in the remote Ishahayi/Ikaare area of Lagos State.
The Ishahayi Beach School Foundation was established in 2005 by expatriate spouses with the goal of helping the children of Ishahayi, a small Yoruba fishing village of approximately 500 people on the barrier island heading from Lagos towards Badagry. Although support of the Light Nursery and Primary School in Ishahayi remains our flagship project, we also support other programs that promote and enhance the education of Nigerian children.
At the Light Nursery and Primary School in Ishahayi, we support the school directly with pay for the teachers and fuel for a generator to power lights and fans as well as a small computer lab. We further support all aspects of the children's education by providing textbooks, a boat and motor to transport children to school, uniforms, school supplies, sports equipment and a library. Our Foundation constructed the original school building and pays to maintain the facilities there. As the school has grown so much, we are now raising funds to build a second classroom building. This will double the space available to teachers and students.
We have also identified another local school, Ife Oluwa, located in Lekki, Lagos, and have contributed volunteer time and in kind donations of school supplies, school bags, and other items, as well as helping coordinate outside volunteer opportunities at this school. With the opportunity to raise additional funds online from donors outside of Nigeria, we hope to expand our support of this school.