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Educate 270 Children in Northern Nigeria

by Keeping It Real Foundation
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Educate 270 Children in Northern Nigeria
Educate 270 Children in Northern Nigeria
Educate 270 Children in Northern Nigeria
Educate 270 Children in Northern Nigeria
Educate 270 Children in Northern Nigeria
Educate 270 Children in Northern Nigeria
Educate 270 Children in Northern Nigeria

RESTORING HOPE FOR THE FUTURE

In the early days of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we were so uncertain as an organization, we really did not know what to expect. We had to close our Community Centre at the end of March, partly because of the closure of schools and the instructions of management and the COVID -19 protocol by the government on physical distancing.

 We had to cancel projects that were a means of revenue. We were operating on a shoestring budget and struggling to operate virtually, with limited staff. We could not keep our Community Centre, which provided a safe space for underserved children in our community, open. Also, we could not pay most of our staff, we had to downsize and work from home. 

Our project in Mubi Hills in Adamawa State in Northern Nigeria was also at risk because all schools had been closed since mid-March by the government. The children in these poor underserved rural communities have no access to digital learning and therefore limited learning opportunities without the support of their teachers in a regular school setting. The children had gone back to farming full time because of the closure of the schools and we were afraid that they would have forgotten most of what they had learnt when the schools eventually resumed, thereby negatively impacting all the work we had done in the past three years. Since our intervention, school enrolment had doubled from the initial 270 we started with; in Niger and Adamawa States, while attendance and retention had gone up by 85%.

Our implementing partner; CDM Foundation could not pay the teachers from the end of March because the parents were not paying any fees, since the children were not going to school. We spoke to James, the Coordinator of CDM Schools towards the end of June and urged him to persuade the teachers to go back to school in July to prepare the students in primary 6, who are in an exit class for national examinations. They agreed to do so, but we were worried about taking on the burden of paying the teachers since we were struggling financially, the situation looked bleak.

We applied for the first micro-grant and did not get it. Reluctantly, we applied a second time and got the heart-warming email that had us jumping for joy with relief. We sent a part of the grant to our partners; CDM Foundation to pay the teachers so that they could take care of their families and buy textbooks for the primary six students to prepare for their national examinations. We gradually reopened our Community Centre in July and the teenagers resumed activities in the Digital Club and we held a disability-inclusive workshop on International Youth Day in August. Then in the middle of August, we got yet another miraculous grant from GlobalGiving which totally Restored our Hope for the future.

The second grant has given us the resources to buy four gently used laptops, we will install educational resources and software and source for solar panels to charge the laptops and get some solar-powered radios. We want to introduce the students to basic digital skills and we are hopeful the students will be more adequately prepared for the future.

15-year-old Peace, a primary six student, was really excited to return to school to prepare for the National Common Entrance Examinations. Peace is the 4th of 10 children in her family and second to finish primary school. Peace said she loves education because she can read and write, it gives her knowledge, confidence and helps her make better decisions. She sponsored her primary education from the proceeds she got from farming after school hours and during the holidays. Her dream of becoming a lawyer would have been dashed without the GlobalGiving Microgrant and Emergency Grant from the Coronavirus Relief Fund because Peace and her friends would not have been able to return to school. Thank you GlobalGiving and GlobalGiving partners for restoring the hope of two organizations and our underserved beneficiaries like Peace! We are extremely grateful!

 However, we still need $33,787 to ensure that the project continues and is completed. CDM Primary School Lainde still needs flooring, windows and desks. Kindly consider becoming a recurring donor and donate to our project; https://www.GlobalGiving.org/projects/educate-270-children-in-northern-nigeria/ and please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues so that we can invest in more children like Peace and her friends, especially in this Covid-19 season, to enable build their capacity to have a bright future. Please invest in this project on Giving Tuesday 2020.

 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 blog www.kirfoundation.blogspot.com to learn more about us.

 

 

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Dear Donor, three years ago, after the aftermath of the Boko Haram insurgency, we embarked on a journey together that took us to the remote village of Gilmari in the Hills of Mubi in Adamawa State to visit CDM Nursery and Primary School. We met Glory, Nathaniel, Miracle and their little friends who were toddlers in Nursery School. Their school was a makeshift structure made of bamboo poles and a zinc roof without walls to protect them from the weather and the floor was bare sand, exposing the little ones to health hazards. 

The 22 children we met on that day in May 2017, were eager to learn, some said they wanted to be teachers, nurses and doctors, professionals that this remote village really needs to pull them out of poverty. However, they had no learning materials, they were sitting on the bare floor and their teachers had no instructional materials too. The state of the school made the children fall ill easily and frequently with common cold, skin allergies and mild respiratory ailments. All these factors led to low enrolment, attendance and retention rate.

 We realised that the education of these children could not wait because each child in school and learning means direct success for communities like Gilmari and the world. Over the past three years, we are glad to announce that with support from donors in Nigeria and you; our GlobalGiving donors, the children and their teachers have been receiving educational materials like (textbooks, storybooks, exercise books, lesson plans for the teachers, erasers, pencils, pens, sharpeners and rulers), a proper school building with two classroom blocks have been built with permanent blackboards and the classrooms were equipped with 15 desks and a bookshelf, early this year. We are happy to announce that the number of children has increased from 22 to 62. Glory, Nathaniel, Miracle and their little friends are happy to go to school in a safe and hygienic environment.

We especially thank our recurring donor and GlobalGiving Partners whose continuous investment has assisted us to provide the 15 desks and bookshelf for the little ones in Gilmari. However, we still need $33,809 to ensure that the project continues and is completed. CDM Primary School Lainde still needs flooring, windows and desks. Kindly consider becoming a recurring donor and donate to our project; https://www.GlobalGiving.org/projects/educate-270-children-in-northern-nigeria/ and please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues so that we can invest in more children like Glory, Nathaniel, Miracle and their little friends, especially in this Covid-19 season, to enable us to introduce the children to digital literacy and e-learning despite their remote location. 

 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 blog www.kirfoundation.blogspot.com to learn more about us.

 

 

 

 

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"On any given school day, over 1 billion children around the world head to class. More children and adolescents today are enrolled in pre-primary, primary and secondary education than ever before. Yet, for many of them, schooling does not lead to learning.

A lack of trained teachers, inadequate learning materials, makeshift classes and poor sanitation facilities make learning difficult for many children. The consequences are grave: An estimated 617 million children and adolescents around the world are unable to reach minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics – even though two-thirds of them are in school.

This learning crisis is the greatest global challenge to preparing children and adolescents for life, work and active citizenship"; https://www.unicef.org/education.

A new school term gives children a chance to learn new things. However, for most children in North-Eastern Nigeria, because of the lack of learning materials, schooling, does not always lead to learning. Therefore, to help improve learning and reduce dropout rates among children of poor rural farmers in Adamawa State, Keeping It Real Foundation with your immense investment is providing basic learning materials (notebooks, pencils, pens, erasers, sharpeners and rulers) necessary for children to attend school and learn.

Thank you, donors, your investment has helped girls like 7-year-old Blessing who is in Primary One, 12-year-old Bilhah in Primary Three, 13-year-old Affordia who is in Primary Four and their friends in CDM Primary School Lainde in Mubi Hills in the rural community of Adamawa State in North Eastern Nigeria to have access to learning materials. Your intervention is helping these girls and their friends to go to school and actually learn. In the new school term, your invaluable support enabled us to give the following (1,390 notebooks, 360 rulers, sharpeners, pencils and pens) to 65 students and their teachers.

Dear donors, your decision to invest in these children make it possible for girls like Blessing, Bilhah, Affordia and their classmates to go to school and learn, thus preparing them for a better future than that of their parents. We are enormously grateful to you, that your giving has put educational materials in the hands of these underserved children in the rural community of Lainde, thus helping them to reach at least a minimum proficiency level in reading and mathematics.

We especially thank our recurring donor and GlobalGiving Partners whose continuous investment has assisted us to donate these educational materials! However, we still need $33,969 to ensure that the project continues and is completed. CDM Primary School Lainde and CDM Nursery School Gilmari still need flooring, windows and desks.

Kindly consider becoming a recurring donor and donate to our project; https://www.GlobalGiving.org/projects/educate-270-children-in-northern-nigeria/ and please encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to show some love on Valentine's Day on the 14th of February, which is also International Book Giving Day so that we can invest in more girls like Blessing, Bihah, Affordia. 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 blog www.kirfoundation.blogspot.com to learn more about us.

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Every Child Deserves A Textbook!
Every Child Deserves A Textbook!

Textbooks are the most commonly used type of books in schools. Textbooks are especially important to improving learning outcomes in low income countries like Nigeria with large class sizes, a high proportion of unqualified teachers and a shortage of instructional time. Therefore, besides a committed and equipped teacher, well designed textbooks and instructional materials for the teachers and students in appropriate quantities are the most effective way to improve instruction and learning. According to a Global Education Monitoring Report; ‘Textbooks are recognised as core for the new Sustainable Development Goal on education’.

However, in Nigeria, students at all levels either lack books completely or are required to share them expansively with others. Therefore, deprived of textbooks, children spend many of their school hours copying content from the blackboard, which drastically reduces time for engaged learning.The cost of textbooks is indeed a key barrier that prevents children from having access to the learning materials that they need.

This was the reality for  children like Samuel, Alice and their classmates in CDM Primary School Lainde one of the remote villages in Mubi Hills in Adamawa State, who prior to your investment dear donors had never had access to textbooks.  According to James, the Coordinator of CDM Primary Schools, it has been 12 years since the students in Lainde got  textbooks and instructional materials. The fifty - two students in CDM Primary School Lainde  all got textbooks and educational supplies, because of your generous donation. 

The PTA Chairman of CDM Primary School Lainde Mr. Koji and one of the parents Mr. Markus, expressed their gratitude to you donors because in their poor rural community where all the parents are peasant farmers, it is extremely difficult for the parents to pay the school fees. Most of these poor families who are able to send their children to school, find it very hard to buy the textbooks and instructional materials, therefore affecting the chances of their children completing and succeeding in school.

Dear donors, your decision to invest in these children make it possible for children like Samuel, Alice and their classmates to stay in school, finish and pursue their dreams, just like your own children. We are enormously grateful to you that your giving has put textbooks in the hands of these poor children in the rural community of Lainde, thereby giving them an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.

We especially thank our recurring donor whose relentless support has helped us to provide the textbooks!  However, we still need $33,969 to ensure that the project continues and is completed. CDM Primary School Lainde and CDM Nursery School Gilmari still need flooring, windows and desks.

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 give during #GivingTuesday on the 3rd of December. 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 blog www.kirfoundation.blogspot.com to learn more about us.

 

 

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Mubi Hills is in North Eastern Nigeria and since 2017, Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation has been working with our implementing partner CDM Foundation (CDM has been working with the communities in the Hills for 30 years) to provide educational support for children like Jeremiah and Zion. The focus of the project is to provide educational materials (text books, exercise books, writing materials, storybooks and teaching resources for the schools ), reading corners and four classrooms blocks that will enable 270 primary school children of poor rural peasant farmers in Northern Nigeria who have been traumatized by the Boko Haram insurgency (their school buildings have been damaged and education have been disrupted) to have safe and hygienic spaces to enrol, remain in school and learn.

In the remote village of Lila, one of the communities in Mubi Hills, the parents of our beneficiaries are poor illiterate peasant farmers who have the back breaking work of earning their livelihood in a very tough and hilly terrain. Thus, for families in these villages, the African Proverb; “Many hands make light work”, is a lifestyle. The children assist their parents in the farm to help put food on the table and this limits the possibility of their going to school.

Yet, mothers like Joyce wanted nothing more than to give her children (Jeremiah and Zion) a chance at a better life. However, she could not send her children to school, because she could not afford to buy textbooks and writing materials and thus they were unable to read and write. However, with your investment in Jeremiah and Zion; dear donors, parents like Joyce can send and keep their children in school, because they now have textbooks and writing materials and are learning in a safe and healthy environment.

Joyce is really happy and grateful to you dear donors, because now her children have been given the opportunity she could not give to them and stand the chance of having the better life that she wished for. We know that with your sustained support, we can achieve permanent and positive change in the villages that we work in, as children like Jeremiah and Zion become educated and healthy adults that will lead their communities out of poverty and build resilient societies!  


We especially thank our recurring donor whose relentless support has helped us to provide the textbooks and educational supplies!  However, we still need $34,219 to ensure that the project continues and is completed.  CDM Primary School Lainde still needs flooring, windows and desks. While 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 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 blog www.kirfoundation.blogspot.com to learn more about us.

 

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Location: Port Harcourt - Nigeria
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Bitebo Gogo
Port Harcourt, Rivers State Nigeria
$12,721 raised of $46,461 goal
 
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