School kicked off this week, but before it did, our volunteers were busy helping the teachers prepare for their new students the week before! It was a beautiful day that was filled with laughs, sunshine, and of course, some cleaning! As some of our volunteers helped the teachers rid the spider webs from the shelves, clean the desks, and organize the rooms, Lady Salami was busy showing our other volunteers the hard work that had continued during the summer break.
The teachers and Lady Salami didn’t get much of a break as they continued to look after the prosperous chicken coop that they are looking forward to utilizing the benefits of this school year. To compliment their growing desire to become more self-sufficient in nurturing their students, their crops were well looked after and continued to grow in great number during the break! Though our foundation is still in the midst of our Hot Lunch Program, which brings out rice, beans, oil, semolina, spices, and other staples monthly to nurture the students, great progress in regards to self-sustainability is certainly happening and inspiring hard work out at the school!
A new soak away, which helps with properly disposing of the waste from the restrooms, was installed during the break. With its proper installation, the school’s maintenance was made ready for the arrival of the students. With maintenance in order, classrooms cleaned, fresh food in supply, and happy teachers, we left eager to be a part of this new school year and watch the school’s doors welcome the students, new and old!
In the upcoming school year, our foundation will continue to meet our goals of the following:
We are currently in the midst of preparing for our Annual Silent Auction! As our biggest annual fundraiser, the proceeds help us to meet our annual goals for the school.
On behalf of Lady Salami, the teachers, and the students of Ishahayi, we thank you for your compassionate giving and ongoing support. It is because of you that the future of this village is looking brighter.
Summer is in the air, and there is a lot to be thankful for as the school year comes to a close! The school year at The Beach School was sprinkled with lots of projects. The year kicked off with the new Hand Washing Station where the kids were taught about the importance of hygiene and health before eating. It was a great success and important moment for these delightful little ones! After hands were cleaned, it was time to start eating! Our Hot Lunch Program was quite a success as the kids were able to stay nourished for a productive school year! We were very excited about this accomplishment. Lady Salami started off with a few little chickens and turkeys at the beginning of the school year, and wow, did they grow! She is looking forward to using their eggs as extra nourishment for the kids during the next school year. In September, when it’s time for school to start again, it won’t just be eggs that these kids will be enjoying, but also fresh vegetables from their garden that was constructed this past school year. The garden has sweet potatoes, soybeans, and casaba growing plentifully! Due to all of the hard work and dedication, the future is looking prosperous and full of nutritious, yummy food for these kids!
In regards to self-sustainability, growing a garden and raising animals weren’t the only things that these kids learned! Some of the teachers started teaching the kids how to sew and make clothes of their own! Some of the older children also learned how to cook a few things in the new kitchen. Many life skills were taught to these children within the past school year, which is always a blessing in the environment in which they are growing up. Between their education in the classroom and their life skills, these kids prove to be an unstoppable force in the future!
The library was arranged to help the kids better navigate through their favorite books and it was also a great success. The children constantly remain eager to have our volunteers read to them! It was a wonderful time when we could sit down and narrate the stories that these children love. While the kids enjoyed books, the teachers were enjoying a new place to sit! We provided every teacher with a new chair, built by a local carpenter, this year. Each teacher now has a comfortable place to grade papers, read to students, or give a lesson. Smiles floated around on every face!
Though the school year is drawing to a close, that doesn’t mean that improvements and future planning can come to a halt. Many children arrive to the school via The Beach School’s, “school boat,” which is literally a boat that takes some students to and from their homes across the water to where The Beach School resides. The “school boat” has been used for quite some time and is thus in great need of extreme repairs before the next school year starts. We are thus currently in the works of getting everything worked out so that every child has the ongoing opportunity to enhance his or her life in the classroom.
Though the kids and teachers are ready for a break, we are eager to start another school year in September with the wonderful, happy children of Ishahayi!
Our last trip to The Beach School proved to be a successful one in many ways! It was all smiles as new toys were given to the younger students, and with much thanks to Lindsy Barrix and her inspirational class at Conner Middle School in Kentucky, USA, reference books were given to the older students. What an amazing sight it was to see how kids on opposite sides of the world were united by means of reading and learning! We cannot thank you enough, Lindsy Barrix, along with your compassionate class for your support! The students were overwhelmed with joy.
While the kids took to reading their new books and playing with their new toys, our volunteers went to the library in order to jump-start a new program! A variety of different colored stickers were placed on the library books in order to help the students differentiate between the different levels of reading. We are so excited to see how this program aids and inspires the students to read more and reach higher levels of reading! These young minds are constantly reaching for the stars and we are so excited to watch them climb higher and higher!
Our “Hot Food Program” is still helping to keep our students reach their goals! With better nourishment and full tummies, these students are focused and happy! We continue to bring food each month in order to maintain the program, but are also happy to hear that self-sufficiency via a garden and chicken coop is a major long-term goal for Lady Salami!
Thank you for your continued support, and a big thank you to our new friends at Conner Middle School! Dreams are flourishing for these students because of your efforts.
Dear Friend of Ishahayi,
Happy New Year to you and yours! The 2014 school year came to a joyous close as our last visit of the year out to The Light School consisted of the children singing and dancing in appreciation for all of the support that they have received this past year. Their joy radiated from their smiles in appreciation for all of the love and support that their school received in 2014.
Our “Reading Challenge” continues to positively impact the future of these children by increasing their levels of literacy and vocabulary. They are continuing to earn a new backpack for their successes and are overwhelmingly proud to reach new educational goals. The computer lab is also continuing to support the fulfillment of their future.
The school’s kitchen continues to become a staple in The Light School’s future. With our new “Hot Lunch Program” that we instated this past year, the new kitchen is making sure that every tummy is fed so that all of the children can focus more on their future and not the daily struggle of poverty that, thanks to you, they are overcoming. The new generator is continuing to support the kitchen’s needs. The school is also in the works of becoming more self-sufficient in regards to meal planning by creating a chicken coop to ensure that each students has enough protein in their diet every day.
The students are taking great pride in their new Athletic Uniforms that they started wearing this past Fall as well. They have used them to play sports in, as to not damage their Daily Uniforms that they continue to wear. With the new Athletic Uniforms, the students have been able to allow their Daily Uniforms to stay cleaner and last longer, which the parents enjoy!
We are so proud of the year that we have had, and we cannot thank you enough for your continued love, compassion, and support of these amazing kids, for they are the future of Nigeria!
Board Member, Ishahayi Beach School Foundation
Though the Ebola outbreak delayed the start of school for a few weeks, it didn't prevent the kids from returning with enthusiasm! We are happy to announce that the kids in JS1 have an extremely positive year ahead of them, as our hardwork and donors allowed us to extend the educational options at the Light School and create a higher level of learning, JS2! For the small village where the school is located, this educational opportunity creates a profond impact on the lives of these children. Thanks to this educational opportunity, these kids will receive an extra year of learning instead of entering into a life of adulthood at the age of 12. We are truly overwhelmed at this amazing opportunity for the kids and are celebrating the generosity of our donors and the hardwork that our board members put into making this dream successful!
Thanks to our donors' generosity, our 200 kids at the beach school are being taught by amazing teachers whose lessons are continuously impacting the childrens' lives in postive ways. The money the donors have provided is also keeping the lights on and the generator running so that the children can read, sing, and learn in a stable, safe environment to enhance their minds. Their enthusiasm and thankfulness radiates from their smiles!
Many coconuts to all who have allowed us to sustain this wonderful school! Your generosity is truly inspiring an up-and-coming Nigerian generation!
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