Ishahayi Beach School Foundation

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.
Jan 4, 2017

New Exciting Classes and Holiday Celebration!

As the JSS3 students at the Light School in Ishahayi Beach were preparing for their upcoming holiday break, the IBSF board of directors were hard at work planning and gathering supplies for two new sustainability initiatives - the Sewing Project and the Gardening Project. Both are new classes offered five days a week in the afternoon for one hour. In order to move on to Secondary School the JSS3 students must demonstrate their ability to sew, this class will help prepare them for their exam. Plus it will provide them with a valuable skill that they can use once they have graduated, should they decide to pursue a career in fashion, retail, or as a tailor or seamstress. The donations IBSF received from our generous donors helped provide sewing machines, fabric, and supplies for the class. We also hired a local Nigerian tailor to work with Mary, the new sewing teacher, to create a basic curriculum and beginner patterns for the students to practice with.

The second class - the Gardening Project - was also jumpstarted in December thanks to the time and dedication from one of our board members, Puspa, who has many years of horticulture experience. She is working alongside the teaching staff at the Light School to design a curriculum that will not only introduce the basics of agriculture and the best crops to grow in Nigeria - fruit, vegetables, and herbs - but also how to distribute through local sellers and manage inventory.

So far the kids are loving the new classes, they are engaged and asking a lot of questions! During our last visit to the school before Christmas break, we were surprised and delighted by a cooking demonstration on how to make Moringa soup using fresh tomatoes, onions, garlic, chicken, and moringa leaves. Yummm!

For Christmas, we had so much fun sharing in the festivities with the teaching staff and students of all ages. The IBSF prepared small gifts for everyone - ranging from coloring books for the youngsters, to art supplies for the older kids. The teachers received beans, oil, tomato paste and local fabric. Everyone was so thankful and they even prepared Christmas songs to sing for us to show their appreciation!

In early 2017 we look forward to continuing the new classes, we will post pictures of their sewing creations and the beautiful garden. We are also planning to have a second swingset built for the playground area because there is regularly a line 10 kids deep waiting for a turn to swing.

Thank you again to all our generous donors for making it possible for IBSF to support the Light School in modern and creative ways. We wish you all a very happy new year!

 

Sincerely,

IBSF Board of Directors

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Nov 10, 2016

Thank You

Our Auction raised the funds that it needed to successfully launch 2 self sustainability projects at The Light School.  We are so thankful for the support and compassion of all of our donors and international supporters! The students at The Light School have a brighter future because of you! We're excited to see you at next year's auction!

The Sewing Project and Agricultural Project will be ways in which the JSS3 students can learn a trade in order to aleviate poverty in their futures.  It is because of your support that they have these opportunities.   

 

On behalf of the students at The Light School, thank you for your generosity and thank you for helping us light the future of these deserving students.

 

 

With Much Gratitude,

The Ishahayi Beach School Foundation

Oct 6, 2016

Dreams Can Come True

Megan with Gabriel, Margaret and Tosin
Megan with Gabriel, Margaret and Tosin

It was an exciting summer for three of our JSS3 students who graduated from The Light School! In March, IBSF made the decision to sponsor all 10 of the JSS3 students to take the WAEC exam in June.  The WAEC exam is the test given to all JSS3 students upon completion of Junior Secondary School.  In order to advance their educational journey to SS1, Senior Secondary School, the students must pass the exam. 

After the test was taken in June, IBSF conducted interviews of each of the 10 JSS3 students and analyzed grades in order to determine which students IBSF would sponsor to continue their educational journey through SS1.  Three students were chosen, and we are so proud of them! Gabriel, Margaret, and Tosin will be starting SS1 for three years at the end of this month! They will be completely funded by IBSF, with much appreciation due to our grant from Chapelwood United Methodist Church of Houston, Texas.  The three students will attend a private senior secondary boarding school, Mercy Spring Private School on Badagary Expressway, where they will be able to strive towards their dreams.  Gabriel dreams of becoming a pilot because he said that he, “Wants to see the world.” Margaret desires to become a doctor because she told us that she, “Wants to save lives,” while Tosin told us that he strives to become an engineer so that he can, “Bring light to the village and give back to those that have helped him.”  For these students, this scholarship is the difference between accomplishing their dreams and not having the resources in order to accomplish them.  We know this scholarship will be the key in helping their dreams thrive.

 Their scholarship award was presented to them in early August, and it was an overwhelming joy to have them and their parents hear the news at the same time.  We are so thankful to be able to sponsor these three passionate and determined students.  We are extremely proud of each student, and we can’t wait to see how his or her future unfolds!

 We thank you so much for your support in helping the students of The Light School.  Education is the doorway to a better future for each of them.

The three students with their proud parents.
The three students with their proud parents.
 
   

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