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Dec 3, 2018

ENRICHING LIVES THROUGH BOOKS

Global Giving Info Graphic Report  for November
Global Giving Info Graphic Report for November

ENRICHING LIVES THROUGH BOOKS

In 2017 February, due to the aftermath of the Boko Haram Insurgency in North East Nigeria and its negative impact, we decided to support our education implementing partner; CDM Foundation in Adamawa State to promote the sustainable development goal 4. We were keen on providing learning opportunities for our beneficiaries by promoting a culture of reading, because as an organization we realized that reading is one of the major ways that people can learn, grow and change! However, on our first visit to the communities in Mubi Hills (Lainde, Lila, Gilmari and Thuba) in May 2017, we met children who were eager to learn, but did not have access to books. So far, we have donated 1,627 books and numerous educational materials to the primary schools.

We have found that access to books encourage the children to read more, improve their academic performance and increase our young beneficiaries’ confidence. In the new academic session, we donated 376 textbooks and story books to CDM Primary School Lila, which has a population of 195 students. Nanshon a primary four student of CDM Primary School Lila was so grateful for the donation of the books, because his parents are peasant farmers and cannot afford to buy textbooks. He said, “The donation of books has helped his school, because they can now read and speak English, while Blessing who is in Primary 5 said she can now read and write.

Moreover, the 2016 Global Education Monitoring report recognises the ability to read as a key driver for sustainable development and a major enabler for all to be able to contribute to societal, economic and personal change. It also emphasises that access to books is a crucial factor in helping children learn to read, succeed in education and reach their potential. These discoveries reinforce the case for the work that KIR Foundation has been involved in the past 7 years that is; putting books in the hands of those who want to read, but do not have access to books.

Thank you, our donors, for helping us to promote education and lifelong learning by providing access to books for our beneficiaries. We cannot overemphasise the role that books play in educating the next generation and providing them a more equitable and sustainable future. Your continued investment will enable us to provide the vital tools for students and teachers like our beneficiaries in underserved and poor communities.

We are most grateful to our recurring donor, whose relentless support has helped us to provide these textbooks and storybooks. Dear friends, it has been about 18 months since we commenced this project and your investment has made a lot of impact! However, we are very certain that with your commitment we can give our beneficiaries a more sustainable life through education. Nevertheless, we still need $34,729 to ensure that the project is finished on time. We are excited to announce that the CDM Primary School Lainde has been roofed! However, we need your support to complete the flooring, fix the windows and provide desks. Also, the toddlers in CDM Nursery School Gilmari need our support, because they do not have desks to sit on and are presently sitting on the floor.

Kindly consider making an end of the year donation to the https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-270-children-in-northern-nigeria/ and please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. All donations are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the full extent permitted by the law. We encourage you to become a recurring donor to help us break the cycle of poverty by providing quality education for our rural beneficiaries. Also visit our website www.kirfoundation.org to learn more about us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bitebo Gogo

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Aug 24, 2018

IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO BUILD A LIBRARY

Global Giving Info Graphic Report  for August
Global Giving Info Graphic Report for August

IT TAKES A COMMUNITY TO BUILD A LIBRARY

In May last year, when the Executive Director of Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation and the Coordinator of our implementing partner CDM Foundation visited CDM Primary School Lila in Mubi Hills, we were quite impressed with the stakeholder commitment of the Parents Teachers Association in ensuring that the school continues to expand to accommodate the growing and long-term needs of the community.

Therefore; it did not come as a surprise to the KIR Foundation Team, when we were informed by the Coordinator of CDM Foundation that the students and the PTA of CDM Primary School Lila had decided to embark on the construction of a community library. According to Miss  Naomi the former Assistant  Head Teacher of the School, who is currently the Head Teacher, “The students and teachers were inspired by the support received from KIR Foundation in the form of textbooks, desks and bookshelves for the Reading Corner, we wanted a library that could be accessed by everyone in the community even after school hours and we felt KIR Foundation had already done enough for the school, so we decided to build the community library on our own”.

The teachers and the students raised money from the proceeds of the sales of farm products from the school farm and part of the school fees and bought the materials for the construction of the library. The parents dug the foundation of the library structure and the students and teachers completed the building of the library. KIR Foundation is truly proud of the dedication of our beneficiaries to breaking the cycle of poverty through education.

Kenneth and Zion students of the school who contributed immensely to the building of the library, said they are excited about the new library, because they love to read and learn. The presence of the library creates an opportunity for them to access books that their parents cannot afford to buy. Now, they can stay back in the library to read after school. The teachers are also happy, because they can do their research in the library. The Chairman of the PTA expressed his delight about the new library because it is an invaluable resource for the community for generations to come.

Dear donors, the new Library would not have been built if you did not invest in the purchase of the books, desks and bookshelves for the Reading Corner. The presence of the library has created a Lterary Hub which will boost literary moral and encourage a strong reading culture among the children, their parents and the community. The involvement of the community in this project, ensures that the project will remain sustainable after KIR Foundation has long gone. In UNESCO Public Library Manifesto 1994; it is stated that, “The public library, the local gateway to knowledge, provides a basic condition for lifelong learning, independent decision-making and cultural development of the individual and social groups.” Therefore, the importance of the Community Library which is currently the only library on the Hills of Mubi North Local Government Area cannot be overemphasised.

Thank you, once again dear donors, for your continued support. However, the toddlers in CDM Nursery School Gilmari need our support, because they do not have desks to sit on and are presently sitting on the floor. Also, we need your support to complete the flooring, fix the windows and roof the CDM Primary School Project in Lainde. Your investment is breaking the cycle of poverty by providing quality education for our rural beneficiaries. Please visit  www.kirfoundation.org to learn more about us.

We have come a long way since last year and your investments have inspired a community to take their destiny into their own hands and leave a tangible legacy for generations to come. However, we still need $34,929 to ensure that the project is finished on time. Kindly consider becoming a recurring donor,  encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same and donate to  https://goto.gg/26980. All donations are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the full extent permitted by the law. 

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May 31, 2018

Inspiring News From Mubi Hills

GlobalGiving May 2018 Info graphic Report
GlobalGiving May 2018 Info graphic Report

INSPIRING NEWS FROM MUBIL HILLS!

It is precisely one year since the Keeping It Real(KIR) Foundation team visited the following adopted schools in Mubi Hills in Adamawa State; CDM Primary School, Lila, CDM Primary School Lainde, and CDM Nursery School Gilmari. After that visit, we wrote about our observations and desire to build the education infrastructure of the communities. We informed you our dear donors that the communities require basic physical infrastructure---classrooms, toilets, playgrounds---to create a safe learning environment for the pupils, as well as giving learning materials to the teachers so that they can provide quality education. Thank you so much for responding and we are most grateful to our recurring donor too.

Last year May, the Keeping It Real(KIR) Foundation team metCalmas, Goldiya and their school mates when the KIR Foundation team visited their school; CDM Primary School Lainde in Mubi Hills in Adamawa State. At that time, they were learning under a tree with a few rickety benches and this affected their school attendance, because when the weather was too hot, or it rained they could not attend school. Due to your magnanimous investment, the construction of the classroom block is now at the roofing stage. The Chairman of the PTA; MrShawa expressed his profound gratitude to you donors for constructing a safer and more conducive environment for learning for Calmas, Goldiya and their schoolmates. Also, he pleaded with you dear donors to assist in finishing the classroom block. The classroom block needs to be fitted with doors, windows, desks and has to be floored for it to be completed.

 

Furthermore, the Chairman of the PTA of CDM Primary School, Lila, Mr Grody, also thanked you our wonderful donors, he said; “The desks that were donated have delivered our children from sitting on bare floor, the text books have enhanced the learning ability of the children and even the bookshelves where they keep the books have provided ultimate protection for the books so that they can continue using them for a long time. All of the items are extremely useful, and we shall forever be grateful to those who have made life easier and better for our little ones, God bless you!”

 

We are so elated and relieved to inform you that our little toddlers in CDM Nursery School Gilmari are no longer learning under the makeshift zinc and bamboo structure. We appreciate the efforts of the Head Teacher Polycarp, who coordinated the stakeholder community involvement by getting the parents to mould 750 blocks, fetch water and provide labour for the construction of the classroom block. A classroom block has been completed for them with donations from local donors who heard about the commitment of the parents and decided to do a fundraising during Christmas. The children are currently safely ensconced from the weather and insects and can now attend and stay in school despite inclement weather conditions. However, they do not have desks to sit on and are presently sitting on the floor.

 

Indeed, dear donors, together, we have come a long way since last year. Your investments have made learning fun, interactive, life changing and possibly life saving for our beneficiaries. According to a report released last year by UNESCO, 264 million children around the world lack access to education. However, we believe that number could even be higher if not for the investments of donors like you!

Nonetheless, we are very certain that with your continuous investment we can reduce the number of children around the world who lack access to education. However, we still need  $34,929 to ensure that the project is finished on time. Kindly consider becoming a recurring donor and donate to the https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/educate-270-children-in-northern-nigeria/ and please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. All donations are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the full extent permitted by the law. Your donations will help us break the cycle of poverty by providing quality education for our rural beneficiaries. Also visit our website www.kirfoundation.org to learn more about us.

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