Project #14659

Sustain a School for 200 Children in Rural Nigeria

by Ishahayi Beach School Foundation

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


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.
The new boat with the JSS students and teachers!
The new boat with the JSS students and teachers!

Many projects have been completed, and we couldn’t be more excited about the progress happening at The Beach School!  Well covers have been installed in order to provide a safer area for the students while they are at school.  This security measure allows the children to play and learn in a more secure environment and the teachers to relax a little more. 

We are also thrilled to announce the completion of the new school boat! The school boat was delivered at The Beach School and the excitement filled the air at the school when we arrived! There weren’t just smiles and laughter; there was singing and dancing in great thanks to the project being completed.

Due to the location of The Beach School, the boat is pertinent for some 40 kids getting to and from school each day because they live on the opposite side of the creek from the school. The previous school boat that had been in use for years was retired last year due to complications with the motor and other issues that were arising because of its age. It had become more of a hindrance than a safe way for the kids to reach their classrooms in the morning and return home in the afternoons. Thus, we were ecstatic when the new school boat was delivered! The boat helps the school to become more accessible and therefore allows education to flourish easier within this area of Lagos.

Lady Salami, the teachers, and the students were grinning from ear to ear as they sang songs of thanks and appreciation for IBSF with the gift of the new school boat. The joy and gratitude that filled the air reminded all of us that the desire for these kids to receive an education is as important for them as it is for us to help them achieve their goals. There is nothing more inspirational than that.

Though summer is here and schools are letting out for a break, we continue to strive towards other goals that we are trying to meet this year.  We are in the process of helping Lady Salami become more self-sufficient.  One of our goals is to help her learn more about the crops in the school’s garden in order to yield more produce for the students.  This will help to ensure that once our Hot Food Program ends in December, tummies will be filled with the right nutrients! We are excited for this next step in the school’s development!

On behalf of The IBSF Board, we continue to thank you for your support and compassion for our cause.   Many coconuts to you!

The thank you note we received from Lady Salami.
The thank you note we received from Lady Salami.
The JSS3 Students
The JSS3 Students

In Nigeria, in order to advance to Senior Secondary School, or the United States’ equivalent of high school, one must pass an exam called the WAEC.  The WAEC is necessary for all students in Junior Secondary School 3 (JSS3), or the United States’ equivalent of 8th grade, if one wishes to advance to the next level of education.  Due to logistical and monetary complications that arose about a month ago, we didn’t know if our hardworking JSS3 kids were going to be able to take the WAEC or not.  We are too proud of our kids to have them stop now, thus The Board decided to sponsor our 10 current JSS3 kids for the costs they will need to take the exam! We are eager to see them succeed and to take their educational achievements to the next level! The test will be held in June and will last for 2 weeks.  We know our kids have what it takes to conquer the WAEC!


We continue to believe that their education is the key to getting them out of an impoverished life.  Thus, we feel passionately about helping them reach new milestones of education.  Our hearts are always touched when we see how excited the kids at The Beach School are to learn and excel in their educational journey.  We feel privileged to help them.


Another current project at the school is the “school boat” that will be finished this week! We are eager to share pictures and the story behind the boat next month when we deliver it to the school.  


Though we continue to bring food each month in order to help keep the minds of the students focused on learning, we also continue to be happy about the efforts that Lady Salami is making towards food self-sustainability.  Her efforts to raise chickens and local crops at the school continue to prosper and we are excited about the progress that she is making!  Her determination to make the school a better place is inspiring. 


Our goals this year continue to be:

  • Deliver the school boat so that kids who live across the creek from the school can arrive safely
  • Help support Lady Salami in her efforts to achieve food self-sustainability by bringing food out each month while she strives to reach her goal
  • Maintain the generators in order to keep lights on in the classrooms and computers on for learning
  • Provide water well covers in order to insure the safety of the students


On behalf of The IBSF Board, we thank you so much for your support!

Lady Salami receiving money for WAEC testing
Lady Salami receiving money for WAEC testing

‘Tis the season to be jolly! We hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season so far! Last week at The Beach School and at Ife Oluwa, our hearts were filled with the spirit of the season.  As always, Santa’s IBSF elves were busy shipping, collecting, and wrapping gifts throughout the year for our favorite students! What a joy it was when we arrived at both schools to deliver Christmas gifts.

As we arrived at The Beach School, we couldn’t wait to pass out the Christmas gifts to the students.  After we gave Lady Salami the food for the month and checked on the maintenance of the school, it was time to pass out gifts! This year, each child received a book, a pencil pouch filled with school supplies, and a little silver bell.  Though the kids were excited about them all, I couldn’t help but notice that each child was particularly intrigued by the bell, which had been made into a necklace for them thanks to a piece of yarn.  The simple gift created a profound joy in the hearts of the kids.  It was as if each child found the magic of Christmas upon hearing the bell.  For many of us, the magic of Christmas and the silver bell are surrounded by the mystery of Santa Claus in The Polar Express.  However, for these kids, the bell didn’t symbolize Santa, his elves, his reindeer, or the gifts that we anticipate to be under the tree.  For these kids, the bell simply symbolized that someone cared for them.  How beautiful those bells rang as the kids ran around on the hot sand, chasing bubbles from a bubble machine that a volunteer brought.  How magical it was to experience a joy that was simply rooted in care and love that the holidays bring.  As we were leaving, I couldn’t help but hope that the bell would still ring for all the students at The Beach School and at Ife Oluwa who truly believe in the hope of their future, and in the care and support of our organization.    

We cannot thank you enough for your support and generosity.  Your donations are continuing to provide food for the kids and helping to keep the lights on in both schools, which prevent distractions for the students during their lessons.   You are making a powerful difference in the lives of these kids and we thank you.  May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. 


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Ishahayi Beach School Foundation

Location: Ikoyi, Lagos - Nigeria
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Patricia Shu
Ikoyi, Lagos Nigeria

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