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Children’s Day Special: 1,200 Exercise Books, Textbooks, and Other Stationery Donated to Students and Teachers in the Nongov Community

Gbenga Awomodu with the PTA Chairman and students of Kings Technology Academy, Gbeji Village, Nongov Community

It was a memorable day in Gbeji Village, Nongov Community, Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State, when on May 28th 2012, 1,200 exercise books, courtesy Millions4One.org, a US-based NGO, and several other educational items were donated to the children of Kings Technology Academy. Though it was a lecture-free day set aside to mark the 2012 Children’s Day and many of the students had trekked several kilometres to celebrate with students from neighbouring communities, over 200 of KTA’s 300 plus students were in school to receive gifts that would change their lives and further ignite their passion for schooling.

I realised some of the peculiar challenges here when I started taking sessions on the Millenium Development Goals with the children and one of the school teachers had to start interpreting to the children. Many did not have school uniforms, most did not have exercise books and pencils/pens, and school bags were a luxury. I decided to get more materials – pencils, sharperners, erasers, textbooks for the school (teachers), and waste bins for the school – in order to give the children more reason to love schooling and stay longer in classes. Special thanks go to Millions4One.Org, Sunkanmi Akinnifesi, Olanrewaju David, Ibidunni Oluwole, Emmanuel Madu who made this educational project a reality.

The Primary Health Centre project is still on and I plead that you share the project idea with someone today. Work (laying of cement blocks and raising the buliding beyond the foundation level, where it is currently) is scheduled to resume early next week, but we need to have at least 50 bags of cement on ground before engaging the site workers again. I appreciate all support thus far, and we can only hope for more concerted efforts. Thanks!

Below are photographs from the May 28th event. The video files are currently being editted.

The Parents and Teachers’ Association Chairman receiving the gifts on behalf of the Kings Technology Academy

A parent giving vote of thanks, and stating that if he had enjoyed same privilege, he would have gone to school

Gbenga Awomodu and four of the school teachers at Kings Technology Academy, Gbeji, Nongov

Students of Kings’ Academy, Gbeji, Nongov in school after the May 28th distribution

Gbenga Awomodu with the parents after the presentation of gifts to the children

A cross-section of the students singing the Nigerian National Anthem


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Introducing the Nongov Project

Hello Readers!

I am Gbenga Awomodu, a Batch B (2011/2012) Benue State Corps Member. I have started this blog to chronicle an unfolding story of development and challenges in the life of the people of Nongov Community in Buruku Local Government Area of Benue State. It is the story of a people long forgotten; over ten thousand adults and children scattered in small huts and hamlets across a large expanse of land. They lack electricity, clean/potable water, and several other basic amenities, but they have survived several decades. It is the dawn of a new day in Nongov as some young Nigerians serving under one-year compulsory National Youth Service Corps programme  recently discovered the community. These Corps members have started to do as much as they could to drive sustainable community development via advocacy, community awareness and sensitization visits, and actual physical projects. It is hoped that eventually, the government would wake up to the needs of the Nongov people whilst the people themselves would wake up to take responsibility for driving the much-desired transformation of their homeland. We seek as much support as we can obtain from the good people of this world – individuals, government officials, private donors, corporate sponsors, and everybody across the globe. Watch this space for many tales of development as they unfold. I’ll be right back!


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