Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria

Jul 18, 2014

IBSF: The School Year Draws to a Close

Savior and Joefrey Relax During Recess!
Savior and Joefrey Relax During Recess!

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: 

  • Adding secondary school classes and hiring two secondary school teachers
  • Hiring an additional primary school teacher to improve the student:teacher ratio
  • Reformatting computers and refreshing peripherals in the computer lab
  • Providing bleach for borehole and fuel for the generator each month
  • Donating new storybooks to the library

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! 


Apr 16, 2014

IBSF: Doing Good, Day In and Day Out

"We love to go to school!"
"We love to go to school!"

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 Gips
Board Member, Ishahayi Beach School Foundation

Jan 8, 2014

IBSF: A Message of Appreciation

Compliments of the Season from The Light School
Compliments of the Season from The Light School

Dear Friend of Ishahayi - 

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! 

Kristiann Gips
Board Member, Ishahayi Beach School Foundation

Backpacks Earned Through Our "Reading Challenge"
Backpacks Earned Through Our "Reading Challenge"
A Primary Student Proudly Shows Off Her Backpack
A Primary Student Proudly Shows Off Her Backpack

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Kristiann Gips

Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria

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