Our last trip to The Beach School proved to be a successful one in many ways! It was all smiles as new toys were given to the younger students, and with much thanks to Lindsy Barrix and her inspirational class at Conner Middle School in Kentucky, USA, reference books were given to the older students. What an amazing sight it was to see how kids on opposite sides of the world were united by means of reading and learning! We cannot thank you enough, Lindsy Barrix, along with your compassionate class for your support! The students were overwhelmed with joy.
While the kids took to reading their new books and playing with their new toys, our volunteers went to the library in order to jump-start a new program! A variety of different colored stickers were placed on the library books in order to help the students differentiate between the different levels of reading. We are so excited to see how this program aids and inspires the students to read more and reach higher levels of reading! These young minds are constantly reaching for the stars and we are so excited to watch them climb higher and higher!
Our “Hot Food Program” is still helping to keep our students reach their goals! With better nourishment and full tummies, these students are focused and happy! We continue to bring food each month in order to maintain the program, but are also happy to hear that self-sufficiency via a garden and chicken coop is a major long-term goal for Lady Salami!
Thank you for your continued support, and a big thank you to our new friends at Conner Middle School! Dreams are flourishing for these students because of your efforts.
Dear Friend of Ishahayi,
Happy New Year to you and yours! The 2014 school year came to a joyous close as our last visit of the year out to The Light School consisted of the children singing and dancing in appreciation for all of the support that they have received this past year. Their joy radiated from their smiles in appreciation for all of the love and support that their school received in 2014.
Our “Reading Challenge” continues to positively impact the future of these children by increasing their levels of literacy and vocabulary. They are continuing to earn a new backpack for their successes and are overwhelmingly proud to reach new educational goals. The computer lab is also continuing to support the fulfillment of their future.
The school’s kitchen continues to become a staple in The Light School’s future. With our new “Hot Lunch Program” that we instated this past year, the new kitchen is making sure that every tummy is fed so that all of the children can focus more on their future and not the daily struggle of poverty that, thanks to you, they are overcoming. The new generator is continuing to support the kitchen’s needs. The school is also in the works of becoming more self-sufficient in regards to meal planning by creating a chicken coop to ensure that each students has enough protein in their diet every day.
The students are taking great pride in their new Athletic Uniforms that they started wearing this past Fall as well. They have used them to play sports in, as to not damage their Daily Uniforms that they continue to wear. With the new Athletic Uniforms, the students have been able to allow their Daily Uniforms to stay cleaner and last longer, which the parents enjoy!
We are so proud of the year that we have had, and we cannot thank you enough for your continued love, compassion, and support of these amazing kids, for they are the future of Nigeria!
Board Member, Ishahayi Beach School Foundation
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
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