Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria

by Ishahayi Beach School Foundation
Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria
Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria
Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria
Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria
Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria
Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria
Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria
Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria
Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria
Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria

Our Year in Review 2017/2018

The students are wrapping up another successful school year at the Shining Light School.  This year, like the years in the past, has proven to be another busy year.  We have focused this school year on “Classroom Impact” to enable us to retain focus on the classroom amidst all of our other projects at the Shining Light School and Ife Oluwa.  We have provided classroom supplies such as white boards, markers, erasers, crayons, coloring pencils, and backpacks to each classroom at the Shining Light School and Ife Oluwa.  We have also been able to provide educational learning toys for our younger students to make learning fun!

Thank you to each and everyone of our volunteers and generous donors!  A complete listing of successes below:

-       Enjoyed ten (10) trips to the Shining Light School with our volunteers to assess, teach, clean, and play.

-       Provided uniforms for every student

-       Repaired roof and bathroom facilities

-       Purchased student tables & chairs for library

-       Made repairs to boat jetty to ensure safe arrival of our students by boat

-       Completed repairs to water damaged desks & chairs at Ife Oluwa due to flood

-       Delivered books to replace those destroyed in July flooding at Ife Oluwa

-       Completed repairs to teacher quarters

-       Completed repairs to stove and generator

-       Found a sponsor for 50 donated soccer balls and delivered them to very happy students & teachers

-       Continued scholarship for 3 students and Mercy Springs in SS2

-       Provided funding for 4 students (post JSS3) to attend local technical school

-       Hosted another successful Annual IBSF Silent Auction

-       Completed repairs to boat engine used on boat to transport some students to school

-       Delivered Christmas gifts to staff and students at Shining Light School & Ife Oluwa

-       Paid teacher salaries for 1 school year

-       Paid for 20kg beans & 20 kg rice for lunch program monthly for 1 school year

-       Paid cooking gas for 1 school year

-       Paid generator fuel for 1 school year


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Shopping for textbooks
Shopping for textbooks

The kids are back in the classroom after a very rainy summer break! While they were on holiday spending quality time with family and friends, the IBSF was hard at work planning for the upcoming 2017-18 school year!

Every year we select a special project to focus on, last year we jump-started the successful Sustainability Project, which included brand new Gardening and Sewing classes. The students and teachers at The Light School learned how to utilize the fertile (and sandy...) soil surrounding the beach school to grow fruits, vegetables, and tasty herbs that can be used for student lunches and meals for the boarding teachers. We were dazzled by the creativity the sewing lessons inspired, and the speed at which they flew through the basic techniques. By the end of the year the JSS3 graduates were prepared for their exams and armed with new skills that will be valuable as they continue their education and join the workforce.

This year we have created the Classroom Impact Project which will shine new light on the unfortunate gap between the current Nigerian education system and what is expected of modern day students. The two areas of interested will be Teacher Training and Advanced Classroom Supplies for Interactive Learning. The IBSF will facilitate access to advanced teacher training resources and digital tools, best practices, and leadership development to cultivate a collaborative teaching environment. Students will receive modern classroom supplies/materials, including new desks, books, and interactive learning tools, technology resource training, and the curriculum needed for enhanced English skills and critical thinking. The IBSF is confident the teachers and students of The Light School will gain renewed energy in the classroom thanks to this ambitious project!

In the past the IBSF has supported another local primary school located in the Lekki area of Lagos, Ife Oluwa. They occasionally request emergency and/or critically needed repairs and supplies. This summer they sustained significant flood damage to their classrooms and many supplies were lost. They asked us if we would be willing to purchase new textbooks before the students returned in the Fall, and of course we were happy to accommodate them! Our Facilities Director, MJ, went textbook shopping with a few of their teachers and returned with boxes of new books!

We hope you had a wonderful summer as well and we are sending a huge THANK YOU from Nigeria! All your support and encouragement makes these projects possible and we couldn't do this without you.


IBSF Board of Directors

Ife Oluwa students with their new books
Ife Oluwa students with their new books
New textbooks!
New textbooks!


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Our New Logo Design
Our New Logo Design

Summer is almost here and there is a lot to be thankful for as the school year comes to a close! The school year at The Light School was full of exciting projects. The year kicked off with the completion of the new boat so they can now effectively transport students from the neighboring islands. It was a great success and an important moment for these delightful little ones! We had a sturdy new swing set built for the playground, two well covers for safety, and a large library shelf for all their books.

See below for a complete overview of all our accomplishments this year! We couldn't have done it without you!


o   Completed construction of a new boat to transport students to The Light School from neighboring islands.

o   Purchased new, sturdier, swing set for the playground.

o   Purchased new well covers for safety purposes.

o   Purchased a new library shelf to house all the amazing books!

o   Completed repairs to water damaged roof at The Light School.

o   Completed repairs to water damaged roof at Ife Oluwa in Lekki.

o   Launched two new Sustainability Initiatives, including the Sewing Project and the Gardening Project.

o   Purchased 5 new sewing machines, fabric, thread, scissors, zippers, and needles for the new Sewing Class.

o   Purchased two new flowerbeds and supplied soil and seeds for the new Gardening Class.

o   IBSF hosted 2 cooking classes at the Light School to teach the students easy-to-make recipes utilizing the local herbs and produce.

o   Launched the IBSF Scholarship Program for graduating JSS3 students to continue on to Secondary School.

o   Sponsored all the 2016 & 2017 JSS3 students to register for the government required WAEC Exam.

o   Funded all uniforms required to take the WAEC Exam.

o   Hosted a graduation ceremony for the JSS3 graduates and their families where they were presented with certificates of completion, food, and drinks.

o   Partnered with Mercy Springs Senior Secondary School outside Badagry.

o   Awarded full scholarships to three JSS3 students with the best performance to Mercy Springs.

o   Hosted the hugely successful Annual IBSF Silent Auction!

o   Delivered Christmas gifts to students and teachers.

o   Redesigned the IBSF logo.

o   Paid teacher salaries for 1 school year.

o   Paid for 20kg beans every month for 1 school year.

o   Paid for generator fuel for 1 school year.

o   Enjoyed many fun-filled trips to The Light School!!



The Newly Constructed Boat
The Newly Constructed Boat
Cooking Lesson by Puspa
Cooking Lesson by Puspa
New Swing Set
New Swing Set
2016 Scholarship Recipients
2016 Scholarship Recipients


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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!



IBSF Board of Directors


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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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Ishahayi Beach School Foundation

Location: Ikoyi, Lagos - Nigeria
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