Though the Ebola outbreak delayed the start of school for a few weeks, it didn't prevent the kids from returning with enthusiasm! We are happy to announce that the kids in JS1 have an extremely positive year ahead of them, as our hardwork and donors allowed us to extend the educational options at the Light School and create a higher level of learning, JS2! For the small village where the school is located, this educational opportunity creates a profond impact on the lives of these children. Thanks to this educational opportunity, these kids will receive an extra year of learning instead of entering into a life of adulthood at the age of 12. We are truly overwhelmed at this amazing opportunity for the kids and are celebrating the generosity of our donors and the hardwork that our board members put into making this dream successful!
Thanks to our donors' generosity, our 200 kids at the beach school are being taught by amazing teachers whose lessons are continuously impacting the childrens' lives in postive ways. The money the donors have provided is also keeping the lights on and the generator running so that the children can read, sing, and learn in a stable, safe environment to enhance their minds. Their enthusiasm and thankfulness radiates from their smiles!
Many coconuts to all who have allowed us to sustain this wonderful school! Your generosity is truly inspiring an up-and-coming Nigerian generation!
It seems that summer is almost over for children in the United States, but for the students at the Light School at Ishahayi, the summer break is just about to begin! This week, the children are taking their final exams.
IBSF has had another successful year supporting the Light School. Because of your support, no prospective student was turned away because they couldn’t afford their school fees.
Your support also funded the following initiatives during the 2013-2014 school year:
We were also able to bring many new visitors (more than 39 new faces this year!) out to the Light School for monthly visits to see our work in progress. For our supporters abroad, thank you for letting us share our success via photos and stories. We are making a difference here in Nigeria. Many, many coconuts to you!
Dear Friend of Ishahayi -
Thank you for support of our project, Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria. Your money has gone to good use--giving the students of the Light School a safe, stable environment in which to learn. It's not as dramatic as last year's project to raise funds to complete a new classroom building, but this project does good, day in and day out.
When we visit the school, we find children that are happy and engaged in their work. Your donations keep the lights on in these classrooms, by covering the cost of fuel for the generator and regular maintenance to keep that new generator running at its best. Because of you, students who cannot afford the school fees are welcomed, not turned away. And we hear the children say that they "Love to go to school!"
These impoverished Nigerian students dare to reach higher beacuse of you. Thank you!
Kristiann GipsBoard Member, Ishahayi Beach School Foundation
2013 has been a prosperous year for the students, teachers and school facilities supported by the Ishahayi Beach School Foundation. This success is due to your continued love and consideration. Your financial support is not just “sustaining” The Light School—it is helping the school to thrive.
At The Light School, junior secondary classes have been conducted in earnest. The junior secondary students take pride in their new, advanced textbooks and new uniforms, and they are role models for the younger students.
Many of the school’s students have taken on our "Reading Challenge" and earned a new backpack. The computer lab is back up and running with three computers and a new printer. Additional teachers have been hired. The school is also lucky to be using a new noiseless generator and a recently renovated kitchen.
As we visited the students and teachers at The Light School at Ishahayi before the holidays, there was a great appreciation for all our support. The joyous dancing and singing really make all of the hard work, fundraising efforts and long trips out to the school so worthwhile. These children are the future of Nigeria, and as we heard,
The future doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers and politicians (including perhaps the President), are very likely sitting in front of us now, being taught all the things they need to know to help them to grow and Nigeria to prosper.
Let's be proud that we have all played a small role in giving these students a chance to succeed. Happy New Year, wherever in the world you are, and thank you again for your continued support!
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