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.