May & June 2016 Newsletter

Hello, and welcome to our latest blog update for the months of May and June, 2016. We were so busy with lots of travel and schools letting out, we decided  to combine our  activities for the previous two months into one newsletter. A couple new additions; as usual, the end of this post will include media mentions for the period (we encourage you to check these out), and we are also creating a “sponsorship” section with details on how you can help contribute to the life of one of the many IDP children from Northeastern Nigeria.

Without further ado, let’s get to it…

May 2016

EMCI Nigeria

Update on the Placement/Relocation Program 

Our founders, Paul and Rebecca traveled to the U.S. in May. Meanwhile, back in Nigeria, our many relocated students continued to strive ahead.

The schoolchildren placed in the various schools in Nigeria came home on separate occasions for mid-term breaks. Their orientation to the big city and new environment continues to progress, even though we had some individual challenges with some of them. Several traveled back to their villages in the dangerous northeast to see their families during this time.

Wana, is pictured here during EMCI visitation to her school’s Children’s Day Celebration on May 27, 2016

May 27th is celebrated as Children’s Day in Nigeria. On that weekend, EMCI staff visited with one of the school’s, and had a picnic with the 9 children we have there.

EMCI visitation to locally relocated kids in school
EMCI celebrates Children’s Day with some of ours

Update on Northeast Lesson Centers

Over in the Northeast, our lesson centers continue to make progress, as beacons of light in their communities. Currently, over 2,000 pupils attend the Borno center, while the Adamawa center has close to 1,000. An interview with the principal at the Adamawa site yielded the following:

“Much improvement has been witnessed in the overall climate of the center after the International Rescue Organization created skills acquisition workshops. These include manual activities like tailoring, shoe-making, and other gainful trade skills.”

“Caritas Internationalis, a Catholic relief and development organization also came and made two toilet facilities as well as dug a bore-hole for the center.” (Some of you readers may not understand the significance of such acts, but putting it in the context of the displaced victims, it means much better hygiene, better disease control and more access to water, to mention a few.)

“Then, we also entered in a joint project with American University of Nigeria to create TELA, technology assisted learning for all. Basically, children from ages 16 and upward are taken and given books and radios to facilitate learning. Last month (May), the top 24 students were taken to AUN to be further assessed. At the end of June, they will return to further reassess them as part of a research project being conducted by the University.”


When his disciples were sending the children away, our Lord stopped them, saying “let the little children come to me.” Here is your opportunity to contribute to the life of one of these little victims of insurgency in Northeastern Nigeria.

– Sponsor/support a child through school for a year (₦242,000 or $858)
– 3 meals a day for a week costs (₦3,500 or $13)
– Support toward EMCI school mini clinics (₦10,000 or $35 per month)
– A pair of uniforms for the relocated children (₦4,000 or $15)
–  Bus to convey 15 – 20 relocated children during holidays (₦100,000 or $350); one way trip


Nursery class in EMCI Adamawa


Update on US School Girls

EMCI’s Girls Study Abroad Project successfully concluded its second academic year this year.

Sa’a and her college mates

Update on the Three College Girls

Our three college students are making rapid progress through their programs.  One excelled on her writing evaluation, which placed her into a higher level program, another placed in the top five in her class, which exempted her from her final exam, and a third continues to hone her writing skills and to receive praise from her professor as her work is used as a model for the entire class.

Emma Ogebe our international director and the girls traveled to New York City to experience Broadway. Later that weekend, at a dinner, Emma remarked to the hosts how the previous day was the anniversary of the day terrorists murdered Zee’s pastor dad in front of her. Looking quizzically: “is today the 14th?” she asked.

This young lady did not even remember that this was the day three years ago when her life changed. Not only was her father killed but she sustained a head wound from bullet shrapnel. Yet just that week, she got her college results. She has a 3.75 GPA after just a few months in college in the US!
Three college girls with the wonderful Broadway cast of Eclipsed in New York


On Tuesday, May 17th, the first abducted Chibok schoolgirl to escape from Boko Haram in over two years ago was found. Amina Alli was discovered in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno state by civilian vigilantes.

Sa’a, an escaped Chibok schoolgirl who is currently attending college in the US courtesy of the Education Must Continue Initiative Charity, released the following statement by text from class on May 18th:

“That’s wonderful, and since she’s found it will be nice if she can tell where the other girls are and all the information about what’s going on with them there!”

US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Powers meets ‪‎#bringbackourgirls‬ campaigners in Abuja and holds up a plaque with a captive girls’ name. (From April 2016)
US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Powers meets ‪‎#bringbackourgirls‬ campaigners in Abuja, Emma (our internatinal director) holds up a plaque with a captive girls’ name; he picked a winning placard (from April 2016)

This picture was taken in Abuja in April a week after the 2nd anniversary of the Chibok abductions.
People gathered at the BBOG meeting point by the Abuja fountain awaiting US ambassador to the UN Samantha Powers.
Everyone each picked a placard bearing the name of one of the 219 abducted girls.
Our International Director Emmanuel Ogebe picked a placard for missing girl #127. Guess what her name was?
Look at the picture and see for yourself.

Founders Visit to High Schools.

EMCI’s founders, Paul and Becky Gadzama together with our International Director and Educational Advisor, visited the high schools where the escaped Chibok girls are attending to interact and appreciate them. The schools were satisfied with the progress of most of the girls. They had dinner with some of the host parents and the EMCI team.

EMCI gave the 9 high schoolers who were not graduating after their two year sojourn in the US options for continuing education and renewing their student visas to choose from.  Ultimately, two of the 9 girls decided to remain under the academic program of EMCI in our approved academic centers of excellence while 7 dropped out and reportedly went to a certification summer course (GED) initiated by the Nigerian embassy. Five of the seven had just completed middle school.

June 2016

EMCI Nigeria 

Summer Preparations for Placement/Relocation Program

As the summer holidays approach (yes, Nigerian school children go on break about a month and a half after their American counterparts), we are preparing to host some of the younger ones in central Nigeria, while the others will be going back to their hometowns.

The end of the month brought about another visitation day at the school where we have 9 children. EMCI’s resources guy, Heriju, took some provisions, including bags of corn, gari, shoes, notebooks, torch lights, and other day-to-day supplies  to the school and had a small picnic with them. The children were quite excited; some were already calculating what they could save and what they could consume.

The principal at the school visited at the end of May is pictured here with some of the relocated schoolchildren
The three girls placed at one of the schools in central Nigeria came for mid-term break and were ready to go back to school. (June 5th)
The three musketeers pictured here with Heriju, our resources guy. (June 5th)

Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association Program

The Nigeria Evangelical Missions Association (NEMA) was established in 1982 as a networking association and fellowship forum for the church and missions movement in Nigeria. From June 8th to 10th, NEMA hosted a “Tribes Around Lake Chad Consultation” program, themed Re-Engaging the North-East. Many of the participants were key stakeholders in the rebuilding of the Northeast program; various NGOs, churches, individuals, and EMCI were among the invited guests. Paul Gadzama attended the program, contributing the educational dimension of the project of re-engaging the many displaced victims of the insurgency in the Northeast.

Tribes Around Lake Chad Consultation 2016
The four panel members during a Panel Discussion at the NEMA program Friday, June 10th
NEMA (Nigeria Evangelical Missions Associaton) Tribes Around Lake Chad Re-Engaging the North East Nigeria Program held from June 8th to June 10th
Paul, pictured here at the NEMA program held on June 8th

Founders Journey to Northeast with Church of the Brethren

Paul (our Nigerian National Director) traveled to the Northeast with a couple Church of the Brethren staff  for another visit to the lesson centers there. They were taken around each center meeting with staff and other stakeholders in the area to support them and to gain insights into some of their individual and collective needs. Relief items and some medical kits were donated to the health services staff there as well.

In conjunction with the CoB, we are seeking support for our displaced kids. EMCI’s desire is to have some lunch feeding for the 2000 kids at the EMCI school in Borno and perhaps elsewhere.

A class being administered by one of our many superhuman teachers
Computer class time!
English class time!
Another nursery class at EMCI Adamawa
Islamic Religious Knowledge class for Muslims in EMCI Adamawa Lesson Center

Efforts to Set Up Humanitarian Assistance 

EMCI is currently working to step up our humanitarian assistance to vulnerable victims. A relief food shipment from the US arrived late June. Let us know if you want to help us get urgent food supplies to children in need. You can save lives, literally! The media reports that 21 people are dying daily in one of the refugee camps we are going to.

A father of one ofthe EMCI placement program’s children shows off a Goalkeeper jersey representing the EMCI lesson center football (soccer) team
An outfield players jersey for the same team
An outfield platyers jersey for the second team
Medical equipment which were donated to parents and staff of EMCI lesson center, Lassa from June work trip
More medical equipment
Some parents are pictured here with EMCI National Director, Paul and COB Staff during their work trip to the Northeast in June
COB staff has a way with the kids


US High School Students Earn Honors!

Certificate of Honor

One of our escaped Chibok Schoolgirls received recognition from her school for her outstanding work in the classroom. She received the music instruction award as well as the most improved ESL reading award. In addition, she also received recognition from EMCI regarding the successful completion of the academic year as well as the launch of her  Summer English Language Institute Program (College Preparation).


One of the escaped Chibok schoolgirls won eight awards at her school’s prize giving day taking home the highest single number of awards in the entire school!

 The awards include:

* Top student-ESL Science
• Most dedicated – ESL Reading
• Outstanding Achievement in Math
• Excellence in Economics
• Excellence in ESL Bible
• The Sir Isaac Newton Award in Physics
• Most hardworking in ESL History
• Academic Excellence – ESL Grammar

Her awards made her the highest awards recipient at her school which has citizens of over 30 countries in attendance. Her school had also revived a US president’s award for academic excellence – the first such institution to garner this prestigious award in the history of the US.

EMC’s award-winning student received a recognition from the congressperson for her outstanding performance within the constituency.

Awardee Student


After Speaking for Freedom, Chibok Mom (Mary) Stands Under the U.S. Capitol Dome

The school is generously providing authentic full scholarships for the next full academic year as the students complete their college preparation and advance to higher education.  They have not and do not intend to do any fundraising in order to meet their scholarship promises to us. We are especially grateful for the team of qualified educators and administrators who do continue to invest into the lives of the EMCI students with such excellence, grace, and professionalism. We are also grateful for the professionals, including physicians, dentists and eye doctors on our team who are providing full health care to our students.

Our host families are extremely compassionate, thoughtful, reputable, and highly educated moms, dads and grandparents, who are uniquely qualified and  consider it a special calling to love and care for our students during their time in the US.   One evening of particular blessing included the Mother of one of their still missing Chibok classmates encouraging and praying over our students.

We want to say a  special “thank you” to the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative for the efforts they made to making this journey a success.

This is how the US Heritage Foundation publicly introduced Becky during an event on Nigerian issues (after referring to the challenges in Nigeria):

“. . . one of the most encouraging things I’ve heard of is the work you are doing there with the Education Must Continue Initiative.”



Beckie in DC

Chibok mum nurses someone else’s child recently
Co-founder Pictured here at COB annual Conference
College girls on vocational skills training

US Senate Chaplain

The climax of the trip to the US was the opportunity to speak and pray with the United States Senate Chaplain.   The US Senate Chaplain officially opens each session of the US Senate in prayer.  This is an honored tradition started by one of the US founders, Benjamin Franklin.  Chaplain Black is the first African American to hold this position in the Nation’s history.  He shared with us that he had spoken an official prayer in the US Senate for the Chibok girls at the time of their abduction.  After asking us about Nigeria, he shared his inspiring life story of overcoming many life obstacles.  His mother only had a fourth grade education, but she supported his education, and he now holds  three Masters Degrees and two Doctorates and was an Admiral in the United States Navy.

He prayed for us and especially for Becky, and Mary and her missing daughter right there under the US Capitol Dome and under the auspices of the highest US appointed ecclesiastical position.  He shared a powerful verse from an inspiring hymn, This is My Father’s World:   “This is my Father’s world: Oh, let me ne’er forget; That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.”

After a beautiful time of prayer, he said that the Senate was pleased to add Nigeria to its prayer list.  After he prayed for us, we felt freedom in our hearts.  Indeed, it was an experience that we will forever appreciate.

Prayed over by the US Senate Chaplain-Highest Ecclesiastical Position in the United States

Members of Congress Attend Broadway Showing of Eclipsed

On June 19th, members of the Congressional Black Caucus attended the Eclipsed show on Broadway in honor of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. This was the final showing weekend of this Tony award winning play by Actress Danai Gurira in New York.
A special guest also dedicated the night’s performance to some of the 218 still missing.

Members of the Congress wear read on Wednesdays in honor of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls (File photo)

The Pages Turn; We Send a Blessing

We pray a blessing for those Nigerian students who sadly had to leave our program due to EMCI standards and those US students who were abruptly lured away from our program by government agents and their proxies.

June is two years since we met the first girls and for an all volunteer organization that is not even 2 years old, we are exceptionally grateful at how far we have come. We are grateful for all who have helped in the way and whom we have helped on their way.

The best is yet to come…

Have a great summer every one!

Media Mentions and Important Links May/June 2016

Chibok survivor now thriving in the U.S. (CNN; May 09, 2016)

The First Chibok Girl Kidnapped by Boko Haram Has Been ‘Found’ Alive (Vice News; May 18, 2016)

Chibok girl snatched by Boko Haram found, activists say (WUSA(; May 19, 2016)

In the Land of Nigeria’s Kidnapped Girls: A journey to the village of Chibok, where insurgents hide in the bush as families mourn the loss of their daughters. (The Atlantic; May 21, 2014)

The Church Without Walls Interview with Nigerian Friends (The Church Without Walls; June 04, 2016)

Mother of Kidnapped Chibok Schoolgirl Pleads ‘We Need Your Prayers That Our Girls Will Be Found’ (The Christian Post; June 10, 2016)

WN Interview Emmanuel Ogebe (World News; Nov 06, 2014)

Congressional Black Caucus Concern for Chibok Girls

The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative’s #StandWithNigeria Medium

EMCI Third Quarter 2019 Newsletter

JULY 2019

Relocation/Placement Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

With the rounding up of third-term, the month of July was full of various school activities across the three schools where EMCI students are placed. On July 8th, Wadi & Happy returned to their respective schools following breaks from their Senior School leaving examinations, which they took in June. The following week was full of celebrations (from July 10th to 14th).  St. Pirans High School held their graduation dinner on Friday the 10th of July where Wadi Dauda received numerous prizes and accolades. She was crowned the most behaved girl back in 2016 and again in her graduation year, 2019. On July 27th, Wadi graduated from St. Piran’s High School, receiving her WAEC results on July 26th, she made 7 credits with A’s (including Math and English). Her dream is to one day become a Registered Nurse. She was orphaned by the terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014. Continue to pray for her as EMCI guides her in the process of getting admission into university.  EMCI deeply appreciate His Grace, The most Rev. Dr Benjamin A. Kwashi, Anglican Bishop and the St. Pirans Parish, Jos for granting scholarships to several orphans in EMCI programs; Wadi, being one at St. Piran’s High School. [See pictures below.]

Meanwhile, over at St. Luke’s College, Happy also graduated on Saturday July 27th. It was a joyous occasion as a number of the home-based girls were able to attend and celebrate her. Similarly, her parents were elated as they joined the EMCI family rejoicing together [See pictures below.]. Her mother posted on her Facebook page that “at least I have something to celebrate.” Happy’s elder sister is still among 112 Chibok girls still being held by Boko Haram captors since April 14th, 2014; say a prayer for her.

School closed that day as well, and another EMCI schoolgirl at St. Luke’s was awarded the most improved student in the entire senior school, as well as best result-student in government. Jumai was also kitchen prefect and house captain, as well as the vice president of the girls’ guild. Come September, 2019 Jumai will start her senior class of 2020. [See pictures below.]

For the day students at Missionary Action Team Model School, they commenced their exams on Monday July 15th and concluded for the end of the school year on July 26th. In addition, the two girls (Rifkatu and Naomi) who currently attend school at AUN, Yola and were spending their summer holidays with us in Jos started computer classes. EMCI took these girls to Wadi & Happy’s graduations at their respective schools; everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The following week, a few of the placement schoolchildren returned to their homes in Borno, with most of them staying back in Jos to spend the rest of their breaks with EMCI summer programs. We also said goodbye to Palmata as she returns to the United States to continue her University education.


EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

In the month under review, EMCI Yola successfully came to the end of the 3rd term, 2018/2019 academic year with the following achievements. The completion of JSS III junior WAEC, SSCE for our SSS III and common entrance examination by primary six was witnessed. In addition, terminal examinations were carried out without any problem and students are busy preparing for the closing ceremony and prize-giving day with an eye towards the top 3 student awards per class. Furthermore, we hope to vacate on August 2nd and resumption is scheduled to September 16th, 2019 respectively. The number of students in primary school is 242 while secondary school has 159, bringing the student population to 401.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Power supply for the computer and tap water
  • Repair of manual borehole
  • Repair of broken classroom desks
  • Construction of library space
  • Fencing of school compound
  • Inadequate classroom space
  • Refresher training workshop for teachers.

Finally, during the month, our founders met with a couple EMCI Yola graduates in Jos [see picture below]. Ijugayu. was the headboy of the 2nd senior class who graduated in August of 2017 and Mary, is also an EMCI alumnus from the 2nd set of graduants. And then there is Blessing a member of the 3rd graduating class of EMCI, Yola from July 2018. They all passed their SSCE Examinations, good enough to grant them university/ college admission. However, the are unable to proceed to higher institutions as their parents lack the financial resources to sponsor them. EMCI leadership therefore got them into an interim arrangement for their personal development. They are currently undergoing training in computer applications at Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Jos as well as discipleship and evangelism. As part of their training with YWAM, they spent a month ministering and serving in Niger Republic ministering and serving the locals. They will now spend the next six months perfecting the computer training they underwent.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa.

JSS1 and JSS2 students were engaged in computer training program. Student-fellowship has been introduced in secondary section and officials were elected. End of third term exams started on July 16th, 2019 and prizes were given to the top 3 students in each class. School closed for the end of the academic year on July 26th, 2019.

Total number of pupils in primary section as of the closing date of the school was 653,while in secondary section the total number of students was 85. Our student population is 738.



Relocation/Placement Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

With a lot of moving bodies across the country, this month started where last month ended. On Thursday, August 1st, a few of the placement schoolchildren returned to their various homes, with most of them staying back to spend the rest of their holiday with EMCI summer programs. The four AUN girls who had been staying in Jos during the summer were around for most of the month. Mary did travel to Lagos in preparation for a cross-cultural one-semester study abroad program to Rome Italy and returned shortly after. Rifkatu and Naomi went back to school on August 19th while Hauwa followed suit on the 24th. On August 6th, Paul and Beckie traveled to the northeast for EMCI Yola and EMCI Lassa end of year speech and prizing-giving days. Finally, on August 30th, Jummai, our most recent Senior Secondary School student returned to school at St. Luke’s College several weeks earlier than the others due to her new status.

EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

In the month under review, the following events took place. The official vacating date of August 2nd, 2019 to commence end of third term holiday was shifted to August 6th, 2019. The sendoff of our SSSIII and Primary 6 students as well as prize-giving ceremony was successfully completed. During the ceremony, the founders, our superintendent, friends and well-wishers all graced the day. Some took part in presentation of gifts to best students in the various classes. Highlights of the day included: Bible and Koran recitation, and cultural dance [see pictures below]. In the same month, the teachers set out a task-force to do summer cleaning. Now the School environment looks neat and tidy. The first term will begin on the September 16th, 2019.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Need for occasional teachers’ workshop to enhance their skills
  • Request for office laptop to manage administration
  • Power supply for the science laboratory, computer and water tap borehole
  • Construction of additional classrooms
  • Repair of broken desks and manual borehole.
  • Staff office
  • Construction of a standard library.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa.

Founders, Paul & Rebecca Gadzama visited E.M.C Lassa on 7th August 2019 for the end of third term academic session [see pictures below]. There, they delivered additional library books which were previously donated by Books for Africa. There were physical changes to the school as well as ten library shelves were constructed. Five reading tables, (each with a capacity of four students) were constructed in the reading room while one of the classrooms which was damaged by wind was repaired. Thanks to St. Peter’s Catholic Church Hazel Grove, Stockport, Uk who provided all the funds to set up the library including 10 computers which shall be featured in the 4th Quarter news update when the students would have started using them. One door was bought and fixed in the library room and dressing of windows and areas which were not plastered was done. Finally, in preparation for resumption of the 2019/2020 academic session on September 16th, attendance registers and other writing utensils were purchased.



Relocation/Placement Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

The month of September drew a close to the summer period and ushered in the ember months as well as the start of a new academic year. Four schoolchildren resumed at Missionary Action Model Team School on September 9th. Two students at St. Luke’s College as well as the one girl at St. Piran’s High School resumed boarding on September 14th. As the current students adjusted to school resumption, Wadi Dauda, one of our recent graduates from St. Piran’s returned to Jos after spending a month at home in the northeast. She is currently, seeking admission at several top universities in Nigeria where she hopes to study Bsc Nursing.

On September 10th, founders Paul & Rebecca traveled to Yola to meet with Victim’s Support Fund (VSF), one of our partner organizations. Finally, Ahmadu who is currently studying at a research institute in Jos completed his exams in late September. He was able to travel home to the northeast for his internship in medical lab technology on the 22nd.

EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

In September, EMCI School Yola resumed for first term of the 2019/2020 academic session on the 16th. Though as usual, students were few on the first day, but improved tremendously during the second week as they were seen pouring in and classes took effect immediately as all teachers were prepared for their primary assignments. The student population stood at 295 as of the second week of resumption.

In the same month, we had a visit from the NYSC on community development projects. They donated exercise books, pens, packets of chalk and dustbin office baskets along with lots of words of encouragement to the students, emphasizing on education as the way to attaining their best possible legacy.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Power supply for the computers and borehole
  • Construction of a library space
  • Staff-workshop
  • Staff identity cards
  • Construction or renovation of students’ desks
  • A desktop computer to facilitate compiling and sending of reports.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa.

School resumed for the 2019/2020 academic session on September 9th. On September 12th, a meeting was held between four staff, six community representatives, founders Paul & Rebecca Gadzama, EMCI Yola superintendent Mrs. Parmata Edward and representatives of the Victim’s Support Fund in Yola. There were some additions to the physical structures at EMCI School Lassa with the walls of between the six block classrooms have been painted and windows have been installed. Presently, we have 127 students in the secondary section and 451 pupils in primary section totaling 578.



EMCI Second Quarter 2019 Newsletter

APRIL 2019

Relocation/Placement Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

The month of April was full of more school activities as the schools in the placement program worked diligently to make up for lost time from the previous month due to the electioneering season. On April 10th, Wadi a Senior at St. Piran’s High School came home to prepare to seat for her UTME Examinations (this is the major entrance examination for secondary school students into tertiary institutions in Nigeria). Later in the week, the other schools closed for the end of the 2nd term break; three of the four girls who commute from home traveled back to the village for the three-week break. On April 12th, the four schoolchildren at St. Luke’s and one other girl at St. Piran’s High Schools returned home for their end-of-term break. In the last week of the month, the girls who traveled to the village returned in preparation for school resumption on May 6th.

EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

The month under review had less activity as the school was on the end-term break which ran from the 5th to the 29th of April. During the break, we had a visit from our Superintendent of the school and a Trustee of EMCI Mrs. Parmata Edward who re-encouraged the staff and appreciated them for their hard work and punctuality. Another positive development during the lull period was that the school staff were registered and digitally captured by the Adamawa State Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO). Finally, our SSS III  students wrote their WAEC examinations while SSSII and JSS III were scheduled to write theirs in the month of May 2019, immediately after resumption.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Repair of broken desks
  • Repair and uplifting of water borehole which spoiled due to frequent use
  • Power supply for computers and laboratory
  • Test books in respect of each subject taught in school
  • More library-space to assist students in developing a reading culture and in doing their assignments.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa.

Teachers and students were on end of term break, so there was no academic activity to report. However, four classroom tents have been reconstructed.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

School resumption is scheduled for 6th May 2019, here are some of the utensils requested:

  1. One packet of blue biros and one packet of red biros
  2. A 22 lesson plan notebook
  3. School bell for secondary section.


May 2019

Relocation/placement Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

End of 2nd term break ended in the first weekend of May, with the students at St. Piran’s and St. Luke’s High Schools going back on May 4th; the five day-school students resumed on May 6th. The growth and maturity of the latter students is visible as founders, Paul and Rebecca were able to travel overseas for two weeks, fully confident that the house was in good hands. On May 22nd, while the founders were away, Hauwa (one of the older students, presently schooling at American University of Nigeria in Yola) came home for her summer holidays. A few days later, Wadi (an SS3/Grade 12 student) returned for a 2-week break following completion of her high school leaving exams. The home then welcomed Mary (also an AUN student) for her summer holidays. Currently, Mary is a 300 level B.Sc. student of accounting in the School of Business and Entrepreneurship. She was shortly followed by Happy, also an SS3 student, who, like Wadi, came home after she had completed her WAEC/JAMB. Wadi returned to school in the last weekend of May.

EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

School resumed from end of 2nd term break in the last week of April. All staff and teachers returned to their duty posts without any hitches. In observance of International Children’s Day, the school received a team of N.Y.S.C. personnel attached to Federal Road Safety Commission Sangere, Girie Division, Adamawa State on the 27th of May  The program was titled “Children’s/NYSC Road Safety Club Day” and started at 10:00am. Some of the highlights included:

  • A pep-talk on road signs
  • Child restraint in a vehicle
  • Drama presentation by NYSC Corps Members
  • Health talk on personal hygiene by CRMA Rose Emmanuel

On May 31st, there was a competitive football match between EMCI school and Ghana Experimental School which ended 4-1 in favor of EMCI School.

In terms of academics, SSS III concluded writing their WAEC examination and are awaiting NECO to commence within 2 weeks. SSS II and JSS III were scheduled to write theirs shortly after. 19 Students sat for the WAEC and NECO exams this year. As of the time of this newsletter, there were 197 students at secondary level and 497 pupils at primary level, giving a total of 694. The fluctuation from the previous could be due to subsequent reoccurrence of the insurgencies in the affected areas of Madagali Local Government Area. The last time we reported figures was in March, where we ended the month with 686 students.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Repair of broken classroom desks
  • Power supply for computers and laboratory
  • Reconstruction of library space to instill a reading culture in the students
  • Repair of manual borehole broken by frequent use by the students
  • Construction of additional classroom to accommodate the students. Being exposed to the natural elements over a sustained period of time, the tent-classrooms have worn down, leaving the poles standing without shade. This has forced the school to go back to the previous system of morning and afternoon sessions; primary school pupils are taken in the morning hours, and secondary school students in the afternoon.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa.

  1. During the month of May, there was an attack on Lassa Town by Boko Haram insurgents. As a result of this, all schooling activities were shut down on May 21st
  2. A strong gust of wind blew the roof off of one of the classrooms, however that classroom has since been re-roofed
  3. As of month’s end, we have 509 pupils in primary school and 85 students in secondary school.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • The security guards need torch-lights and rain-boots.


JUNE 2019

Relocation/placement Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

The month of June saw the placement schoolchildren return to the house in central Nigeria at various intervals for their mid-term breaks. In addition to the schoolchildren in Jos, the girls from American University of Nigeria, Yola are also around for their summer holidays. The younger ones refer to the older girls as aunties. In mid-June, one of the girls who EMCI was able to send to university in the United States returned for her summer break. She was reunited with her former schoolmates in the AUN girls. While here, she paid a some surprise visits to some of the boarding school students (see photos below). Finally, Jummai a student at St. Luke’s college attended a prefect’s retreat in Akwanga, Nassarawa State from June 18th to 22nd. They were given life lessons as well as training on the effects of drug abuse and social media.

EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

The staff are doing their best in the academic pursuit of the students both in indoor and outdoor activities; monthly C.A. tests were carried out with. In the month under review UNICEF donated sports kits to the school. These included footballs, netballs, volleyballs, and jerseys. In addition, ten (10) high education note books were among the items donated. JSS III sat for their Junior WAEC examinations, full of high expectations. SSS II were still waiting for their mock exams which is to be administered in the near future. Teachers continue to look forward to a day for a training workshop. This will add more grease to their elbows as the previous workshop was credible to their teaching and professionalism.

EMCI and Youth With a Mission also entered a partnership to train some graduates of EMCI Yola in Entrepreneurship and Mission (Evangelism and Discipleship) for a period of one and a half years. At the moment they are on mission trip to Niger Republic. The founder and co-founder of EMCI paid them a surprise visit in June 2019.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Repair of broken classroom desks
  • Power supply for the computers and laboratory
  • Reconstruction of more library-space to accommodate students’s reading and assignments
  • Construction of more classroom to accommodate full day session to disengage morning and afternoon session as the tent-classrooms are tired after being heated by the sun and tattered by wind, leaving only the poles standing.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa

Academic activities resumed after the interruption last month. There were also positive developments in terms of infrastructure. The ceiling has been fixed all round the six classrooms in the permanent side. In addition, one and a half facing-boards have been replaced. Furnishing was done as the chairs that were in the tent classroom have been removed and taken to one of the other classrooms. Finally, four tent classrooms that were blown over by wind have been reconstructed.


EMCI First Quarter 2019 Newsletter

January 2019

Relocation/placement Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

The turn of the new year brought about school resumption for the 12 pupils that have been in the Placement/Relocation Program partner schools in Jos. For the boarding schools: the two girls at St. Pirans High school resumed on January 8th while the four schoolchildren at St. Luke’s High School resumed on the 12th. We also have one Muslim student schooling at the school for Veterinary Studies, Vom (outskirts of Jos city) who stays at the house on his short breaks. He had previously traveled to Chibok for the Christmas Holidays and returned in Mid-January before proceeding to college. For the day school students (commuters), their resumption was on January 7th. Presently, there are six schoolchildren that commute from home; starting this term, we had to re-relocate three who had previously been boarding students at another high school in a town about forty kilometers from Jos. In our placement program, we also have Blessing Bello, who was orphaned by Boko Haram when they attacked EYN headquarters in 2014. Her dad and three younger brothers 16, 14 and 12 were all murdered by the terrorists at a go. She just graduated with a National Diploma in Computer Science from the Federal Polytechnic, Mubi. She joined us to continue developing herself in computer applications at an Institute as well as continued tutoring in English at EYN Jos by an American missionary from Church of the Brethren. We continue to monitor her academic progress with the hope of preparing her for further education within or outside the Country. Our two Chibok Girls who are studying in the special program at American University of Nigeria, Yola resumed in late January with Hauwa leaving a week before Mary. Finally, in light of the upcoming national elections, we accompanied 8 placement children to go and get their Permanent Voter’s Cards on January 4th.

EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

Resumption of 2nd term 2018/2019 academic session on 14th January 2019 following the Christmas holidays was successful. All hands were on deck with development and progress of the school in classroom and outdoor activities. At the same time, staff of the above school expressed their gratitude for collecting their December salaries.

In the month under view, Mrs. Parmata Edward, a Trustee and Superintendent of the school  visited the school and encouraged the staff to do their work more diligently without fear or fervor. She also reminded them to live up to expectations of the children as role models.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  1. Electric power  supply to the lab and computer
  2. Uplifting of water taps
  3. Fencing the school premises
  4. Repairing trampoline
  5. Repairs of broken desks
  6. Need for staff identity card
  7. Need for student identity cards and school badges.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa.

  1. School resumed on 8th January 2019
  2. All teachers reported on 8th January
  3. 135 pupils reported on 8th January 2019 and 52 students in secondary school section reported
  4. Present numbers of pupils in primary section is 448, while in secondary section we have 75 students
  5. Staff and students have started using the new toilet at the permanent site
  6. A British man (Michael O’Malley) did a walk to raise money to build the toilet at EMCI Lassa Permanent Site (see details below).

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  1. Toilets are needed at the old temporary site hosting the Primary section of the school.

Michael O’Malley, on his walk to raise money to build the toilet at EMCI Lassa:

“I chose to walk the Camino as a personal retreat so I went alone instead of in a group.”

A little about the Camino: St James (Jesus’ disciple and son of Zebedee) is believed to have spent time in Spain (also part of the Roman Empire) preaching the Gospel. He returned to Judaea only to be beheaded by the Romans … becoming the first of the disciples to become a martyr. His body was returned to Spain and buried in the northwest in Galicia and the town named Santiago (means St James). Since at least 812 AD the pilgrimage, covering 800km (500miles) starting in France and ending at the coast of Spain (Santiago), has not ceased! People do it for spiritual renewal and so many other reasons. Along “the way” there are hostels to spend the nights after a day of walking. Pilgrims receive a great deal of kindness and respect from inhabitants of the villages they pass through as the walk is arduous.

“I covered 111 kilometres in six days – not bad going I felt, for a 75-year-old.  The hardest part was getting up and starting off again each morning, but the best part was knowing I was doing it for a worthy course. All I had to do was walk. Sincere thanks are due to the generosity of my fellow parishioners in St Peter’s. It is thanks to their efforts that the walk I completed in Spain produced such benefits for young people in North Nigeria. We are all delighted that it is so.”



Placement/Relocation Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

Following school resumption for the 2nd term in early January the students placed at various schools in Jos continued their academic pursuits. The Nigerian general elections scheduled to take place on February 16th were postponed by a week, with a new date of February 23rd. As a result of this, students (both day and boarding) returned home on the 15th of the month for what turned out to be an extended mid-term break. Schoolchildren with parents residing in a nearby town traveled there to be with their immediate families. Hauwa came from Yola to cast her vote at her polling station in Jos, while Blessing continues to take English language at the EYN Computer Center. Following a generally peaceful electioneering season, the boarding students returned to school as did Hauwa return to AUN, Yola. Currently, there are 16 schoolchildren in the Placement/Relocation program.

EMCI Placement Kids On their February Mid-Term Break

EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

The month of February has come and gone with the following to offer. There was full commitment of academic pursuits by the teachers to the student without any hitches or grudges. The month of February also was blessed with 30 desks for student use by the ministry of women affairs in collaboration with UNICEF. Teachers and students remounted seven (7) classroom tents blown by rain storm to accommodate the students in a full day of classes where both primary and secondary will come to school in the morning and close in the afternoon accordingly. In the same month, the pupils were happy to receive an additional Grow Right supplement drinks shipment. In summary, school activities both indoors and outdoors have taken shape.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Inadequate desks because most of the ones supplied by VSF are broken (though some could be repaired)
  • Power supply to water taps boreholes and the computers to allow their proper use
  • Construction of library to accommodate the available textbooks and to foster a reading culture in students; some of the textbooks supplied are lying on the floor
  • Uplifting of water tap to channel water to the laboratory.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa.

  1. PTA Officials held a meeting with teachers on 14th February 2019
  2. Students and pupils went on midterm break from February 19th – 27th
  3. Present total number of both students and pupils is 631
  4. Students and some of the pupils are making improvements in their computer skills

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  1. There are no medical drugs in the school
  2. The watchmen need torch-lights
  3. There is no toilet at the temporary site for both pupils and teachers.


MARCH 2019

Placement/Relocation Program

The Relocation/Placement  Program identifies the most vulnerable school-aged children from Northeastern Nigeria and moves them to safer environments. The program has shaped similar to a foster care for orphans and less privileged. Since 2015, 38 children have been relocated. Several have returned to the Northeast, while others have graduated from the schools/institutions they were placed at.

The month of March was characterized by period of interruptions in school days due to the national and state level elections. However, the placement children made sure to go to school even on days when they were not sure if classes would hold. In the last week of March, the schoolchildren started their end of 2nd term examinations. They will vacate for the term break on April 5th. The boarding schoolchildren are also writing their term breaks as they anticipate their own term break. The schools are determined to make up for lost time. Blessing (21) and Helen (16) have taken charge of managing the home economics of the program.

For the past 4 years, we have engaged in a conference call with 4th grade students of Wheatland Elementary High School in Andover Kansans. We call these sessions “Skype Around the World” as they are intended to allow pupils from different geographic regions to interact online. The placement schoolchildren always look forward to this day so they can share their backgrounds and aspirations with students from another country.

SKYPE Around The World with Todd Flory on March 7th – 2019

EMCI School: Yola

This school was started in January 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of IDP children who were displaced by Boko Haram in Borno and Adamawa states.  Many of the communities have been attacked multiple times since then, and the schoolchildren have not been able to return home. As a result, EMCI Yola has become a mainstay of the community.

In the month of March, the school successfully came to the end of 2nd term concluding it with terminal examinations. The school also received a team of NYSC personnel attached to Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Sangere as a body who present themselves as education development pioneers (see photos below). They came with baskets of advice on education role program and achievement. They ended their message by distributing exercise books and pencils to all pupils, students and the teachers.

At the end of the month, the school had 197 students and 489 pupils for a total of 686.

By the school calendar, the school is expected to vacate for the 2nd term break on the 5th of April 2019. And resumption date for 3rd term will be 29th of April 2019.

Needs expressed by the School Management:

  • Uplifting of water tap
  • Repair of hand borehole
  • Power supply to computers
  • Face lift to our laboratory
  • Staff ID cards
  • Additional uniforms
  • Construction of library
  • Teachers welfare
  • Teacher’s refresher course
  • Fencing of the school compound for security measures
  • Repairs of broken desks.

EMCI School: Lassa

This school was started in October 2015 to provide an emergency education option to the thousands of schoolchildren who returned to Lassa after they were displaced by Boko Haram in 2014.  Many of the towns around Lassa have since come under attack multiple times. IDPs from 17 of the surrounding communities continue to take refuge in Lassa.

  1. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mele Gadzama visited EMC Lassa on March 12th, 2019. They brought 517 GrowRight supplement drinks for the pupils and students. Shelves for a future library room, as well as reading desks are being constructed in Jos (see photos below)
  2. The toilet in the temporary site has been fenced
  3. School was closed for two days 26th – 27th March due to insecurity
  4. The present number of pupils is 495 while the number of students (Junior Secondary School) is 85, bringing the total student population to 580.


EMCI Fourth Quarter 2018 Newsletter


Placement/Relocation Program –

We continue to monitor the academic progress and spend quality time with the placement children. On October 6th, students at St. Luke’s had their visiting day where the girls that live at home with EMCI interacted with the boarding students at their school. The teachers had no negative remarks about the school-children there. However, we did have a medical situation with one of the girls there, Happy. She had a surgery to remove her appendix on October 4th at a hospital and she was successfully discharged on October 7th. Towards the end of the month, students in the various schools returned home for their midterm break, ending the first term of the academic school year.

EMCI School: Yola

The month of October 2018 experienced basic commitment to work  as effective change is taking place. The First continuous assessment (C/A) 2018/2019 session has been completed which guarantees the continuation into the 2nd term, come November 2018. Teacher and student morale are high; the distribution of school uniforms was a welcomed event; the host community was impressed with the development. Computer training for teachers to facilitate capturing students’ biometric data commenced. At the moment, Secondary School has 149 students and 424 pupils are enrolled into the Primary School. Formal registration for WAEC 2018/2019 has also commenced. Registration of SSSII students data captured also took place as a new curriculum from WEAC board has commenced to enable them register for 2019/2020 SSCE exams. The first term has recorded a significant development both from the teachers and students of EMCI. This is confirmed by the fact that every meaningful parent has appreciated the dynamic leadership and involvement of the board to carry every IDP on board for student progress pertaining education.

From the 28th to the 30th of October, founders Paul and Rebecca traveled to Yola to meet with the Victim’s Support Fund as well as parents of the Chibok schoolgirls and one other organization, Murtala Mohammed Foundation (MMF). The Chairman of the sub-committee on Chibok girls stated two purposes for calling the meeting: 1. To acquaint themselves with the parents of the girls and 2. To inform the parents of VSF’s involvement in the sponsorship of their daughters. The trip and interactive sessions were successful as the objectives set out were achieved.


  • Due to the nature of the pupil’s desk, when the students push them, they are easily broken.
  • The re-mounting of the 12 class room tents is still unaddressed.
  • The uplifting of water tanks to meet the needs of the student body is also a great concern. Also, in the same vein, power supply for our generation and to the laboratory to facilitate the laboratory is needed.
  • Our perimeter wall is a major concern because of trespassers also constitute a major challenge to secure the safety.
  • The school library needs current books for students to read and would also enhance assignments for faster learning.
  • Mobile email for reporting of school activities and messages as most of the times café couture fail in the reporting progresses to same time and faintness.
  • Staff identify card for security purpose is also needed.

Learning Center: Lassa 

Following a successful resumption and commencement of the 2018/2019 academic year, students went on midterm break from October 23rd to 29th. The present total number of pupils in primary school is 545 while the students in JSSs and JSS2 number 75. We listed the best pupils for each class and they are happy with their progress.


There is no toilet for students and teachers at the permanents site.



Placement/Relocation Program –

As we are approaching the end of the calendar year, the placement children continue to grow in their respective academic classes. The schoolchildren at Messiah college resumed the 2nd term on November 3rd while the two girls at St. Piran’s High School started theirs on November 6th. Two days later, on November 8th, along with some board members of EMCI, we hosted Jay Wittmeyer and Church of the Brethren (COB) Missions Members to a dinner at our residence. They were able to interact with the four placement girls living with us. We also have Blessing Bello around this month; she was orphaned by Boko Haram when they attacked EYN (COB in Nigeria) headquarters in 2014. She is currently a student at Federal Polytechnic, Mubi, where she is doing a diploma in computer science. While her school is on recess, she is being tutored in English at EYN  Computer Center by Judy Stout, a COB Missions member. We continue to monitor her academic progress.  On November 23rd, we embarked on an outreach trip to one of the IDP camps in central Nigeria. At the end of the month, from November.

EMCI School: Yola

November 2018 witnessed the smooth running of the academic activities at EMCI, Yola. Another set of 60 uniforms was delivered on November 13th. During the month,  Victims Support Fund (VSF) came and captured bio-metric data of the unaccompanied children and separated children/orphans. UNICEF visited the school to intervene on how they could help move institution forward. The classroom tents that were blown down by the rainstorm were re-erected by staff and students, while in the same month under review, ten emergency toilets (pits) were dug. Furthermore, a staff meeting was held in the month and developmental issues were discussed successfully for the enhancement of the school.  The exam timetable was prepared for the term examinations which start on the 3rd of December 2018 and will end on 7th December 2018. Finally, the term will vacate for Christmas holiday on the December 14th, while the second term is scheduled to commence on January 14th, 2019.


  • More repairs of the classroom tents to accommodate both primary and secondary at the same time.
  • More repairs of broken desks since a large number of the desks are broken.
  • Fencing of the school compound as a security measure.
  • Additional school uniforms are needed.
  • Furnishing of principal and headmasters office.
  • Mobile phone or laptop for emailing reports.

EMCI School: Lassa

The month of November had brought a number of visitors to EMCI Lassa. A team from V.S.F. visited EMCI Lassa for verification of students and pupils who are living with their relatives on the 13th of November. Church of the Brethren Missions Team Members from the U.S.A. also visited EMC Lassa on 13th of November. As the year comes to an end, students and pupils have started end of 1st term examinations; these commenced on November 2nd 2018. Founders of E.M.C. Lassa Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mele Gadzama visited EMCI Lassa on November 26th 2018. As of the end of the month, the student population stands at 725.


Placement/Relocation Program –

This month, our founders traveled to Abuja to meet with Chika, a journalist who has been working on a story about the work of NGO’s in relation to IDP’s in Nigeria. As the year came to a close, students placed in the different schools returned home to the residence in central Nigeria for the Christmas holidays. St. Luke’s Secondary and Missionary Action Team Model (MATM)  schoolchildren vacated on December 7th. Hannatu, one of the day students at MATM School came 2nd in her JSS1 (equivalent of 6th/7th grade) class. Three years ago, she was reading at Primary 1 (Grade 1) levels at age 11. The remaining students at St. Pirans High School closed a week later. We made arrangements for the majority of the children to travel and spend the holidays with their families at home in the northeast.

Over the course of the year, one of the daughters of EMCI founders has been gathering items to donate from the hospital where she works at as a nurse in Missouri. This month, she came with two large duffel-bags full with socks, reusable baby diapers, readable menstrual pads, baby blankets, children’s gloves, women’s clothes, children’s clothes and women’s purses. On 26th December, we took them to Zawan (Angul D) IDP camp, Jos Plateau State. The camp hosts people from 18 different villages that had been attacked by Fulani terrorist/milita groups. In her words “It was a privilege to help”.

EMCI School: Yola

The month under review has come to compliment the first term with successful developments and smooth running of the school activities both academically and outdoors in terms of examinations and cleaning of the school environment. This December, we repaired 6 classroom tents through assistance from UNICEF in collaboration with the ministry of women affairs Adamawa State. We also received and additional thirty (30) desks in progress for the students. As of closing date December 14th, 2018 there are 612 students at the school; 2nd term will begin on January 14th, 2019. Finally, just after four days of closure, the staffs have set out a task-force to clear the standing bush in front of the school premises by the cold-tar road.


  1. The school library needs to be updated
  2. Lack of power supply for the computers
  3. Additional school uniforms and badges are needed
  4. Uplifting of water borehole taps
  5. Repairs of the 6 remaining classroom tents and broken desks
  6. Provision of staff room, principal and headmaster’s office
  7. Teaching materials
  8. Building materials
  9. Building capacity
  10. Staff identity card.

Learning Center: Lassa

In the month of December, students and pupils went on holidays on 7th December and will resume on January 8th, 2018. On 24th December, Dr. Yakubu Mele and Engr. Musa Mele visited EMCI Lassa. Dr. Yakubu donated two computers, football jerseys, football boots, and 60 pairs of shoes to the school. A novelty football match was played between EMCI Lassa primary school and EMCI Lassa secondary school. Finally, the students and teacher’s toilets have been constructed at the permanent site.


EMCI Third Quarter 2018 Newsletter

JULY 2018

Placement/Relocation Program –

The first week of July saw two schools where we have placed children close for the summer holidays; Favored Sister’s Christian School and St. Luke’s High School. Two girls, Wadiam & Sarah graduated from JSS3 to SS1 at St. Luke’s. That week, St. Piran’s High School also closed for summer holidays and Wadiam and Magdalene came home for their own breaks. In addition, Hauwa John and Mary Katambi, our two Chibok Girls schooling in a University at Adamawa State came for their summer holiday. They had closed for the semester earlier in the summer, but went back home to Chibok to assist their families on the farm. All in all, we had a full house for a good part of the month.

Hauwa and Mary welcomed by Mom

Last month, in June, there was an attack on several towns at the outskirt of our central Nigerian city, resulting in the formation of a number of makeshift IDP camps within the metropolis. We took time out with several of our own relocated schoolchildren to take supplies and some nutrients to these recent victims (see photos below). Towards the end of the month, we arranged to have most of the placement children either go home to the Northeast or travel to their closest relative in central Nigeria area, for the remainder of their holiday.

One of the projects we have been working on between the two platforms is to get uniforms for EMCI Yola. This month, a set of uniforms were delivered by the tailoring company. Here are images of our placement children sorting them out before they got sent out to delivery.

EMCI School: Yola

There were some great changes in the month of July 2018, at the school in Yola. SSIII, JSSIII, and Primary 6 wrote their WAEC, NECO and Common Entrance examinations for the 2017/2018 academic session, respectively. Also our SSII students’ mock examinations will end by 1st August 2018. School terminal examinations were carried out seemlessly, with no hitches during the period, while third term vacation is scheduled to commence on July 31st. Furthermore, the graduation ceremony will take place on the same 31, July 2018. Resumption date is scheduled for the 17th of September 2018

Some needs of the school come first term Calendar year 2018/2019 session with 415 numbers of pupils and 195 numbers of students include: Fencing, staff identity card, school uniform, workshop, power supply, sport facilities.

EMCI School: Lassa

Summer 2018 recorded the following activities in Lassa during the month of July. A team of people from VSF visited the school. While here, they inspected the damage done to the classroom tents by the heavy winds from earlier in the year. End of third term exams were conducted from 20th to 27th July and the school vacated for the long holiday on July 31st, 2018. There was a football match played between Lass B. Primary School and EMCI Lassa. Also in the spirit of competition, a debate was held among JSS1 pupils with the subject matter “Government School is Better than Private School”. During the month, we also had 10 new staff report for duty, while 15 pupils were repeated. Some challenges we faced which we hope will be addressed by the time the 2018/2019 session commences are that classes are not enough for the pupils and quite a number of IDP pupils/students have problems with feeding.

EMCI Lassa’s First Primary Six Students Graduation



Placement/Relocation Program –

This month, EMCI’s placement program hosted an additional six schoolchildren (all girls), besides the three schoolgirls that reside with us in central Nigeria while they were on summer holidays. Hauwa and Mary were here from Adamawa, while Wadiam and Magdalene were home from St. Pirans Secondary School as well as Saratu Ujulu from Messiah College, Barkin Ladi. The house was full of activity and leadership was given to the older girls, Hauwa and Mary. While here, we all took a trip to the farm to assist in planting harvesting and planting some crops, including sweet potatoes, potatoes and cassava. Hauwa and Mary regularly accompanied Mum to the feeds shop, were they are learning fundamental business and entrepreneurial skills. In the last week of the month, several two of the boys who had gone to Lassa returned a few days to school resumption at Messiah College on August 25th. The girls who have been schooling in another central Nigerian city returned to our city following a trip to the Northeast to spend time with their families. Hauwa and Mary returned to Adamawa on August 31st. Nubwa (our last daughter) visited from the United States and spent time mentoring and coaching the girls on home economics.

EMCI School: Yola

In the month under review, the 2017/2018 session was successfully concluded. Through the assistance of the Board of Trustees, the graduation ceremony was also conducted; graduates were able to use gowns rented for the occasion and entertainments for both the graduates and pupils to compliment the occasion was done peacefully. The school also has formally received the uniforms for the pupils and students of the institution. EMCI Lassa vacated for third term break on July 31st and will begin first term 2018/2019 academic session on September 17th, 2018.

At the end of the academic session, the following are requirements we would like to have for the next year.

  • Updating school library
  • Construction of the school science laboratory
  • Fencing of the school premises
  • Provision of power supply
  • As the first term will soon begin, we need registers
  • Repairs of broken desks
  • Remounting of school tents blown by rainstorm
  • Staff ID cards

EMCI School: Lassa

This month, students at EMCI School Lassa went on holiday from August 1st to September 10th, 2018 for their summer vacation. Primary school certificates were issued to outgoing Primary Six students on August 20th. We also planted 15 trees at the permanent site of EMC Lassa. And finally, 43 pupils were qualified to go on to JSS1, at the start of the next academic session.

The following requirements will need to be addressed as soon as possible:

  1. 15 attendance registers for next academic session are needed
  2. 23 lesson plan notebooks
  3. One packet of blue biro’s and one packet of red biro’s.
  4. There will not be enough classes for both primary and secondary for next academic session.



Placement/Relocation Program –

Last month, Nubwa (our last daughter) came home from the United States and on the 3rd of this month she returned to complete her studies. While here, she continued to coach the girls who were still home from their summer holidays in home economics. After she departed, the placement children at St. Luke’s College and St. Piran’s High School also returned to school for the start of the 2018/2019 academic sessions. Jumai, Wadiam, Sarah, Marvelous and Happy resumed at St. Luke’s on September 8th.  Magdalene and Wadiam, the two Senior Secondary School girls at St. Pirans also returned to school on September 15th for their third year there. The two girls are acclimating well as is evident in their conduct and behavior around the house; one takes more initiative where she used to be more timid and reserved, and the other girl is a constant joy to have as her mere presence lightens up the mood of everyone. Hannatu, Helen, and Grace, the three day-school students who had spent the year and a half at Favored Sisters Christian School changed schools so that they could be closer to the house. They now attend Missionary Action Model School located within a walking distance from the home and the girls are liking the new school. Helen and Hannatu are now in JSS1 (Equivalent of 7th grade) while Grace is in Primary 4. When these girls first came in 2015, they were reading at Nursery levels!

EMCI School: Yola

Following summer holidays, the 2018/2019 academic session commenced on the September 17th, 2018 without any problems. Several physical updates have taken place. The science lab has successfully been installed as well as refurbishing, painting and wiring of classrooms, and finally, students received their new uniforms.

Meanwhile, Adamawa State Ministry of Women Affairs are currently capturing the bio-data of less-privileged pupils and students. We had a PTA meeting on September 24th, during which parents expressed their appreciation to the school and board for working to improve the lives of their wards.

At the start of the new academic session, we have the following challenges.

A water tank is need to supply water to the classrooms, especially the new laboratory. Reconstruction of the library and provision of portable generator as a source of power supply for both the computers and the laboratory. Repairs of the twelve (12) classroom tents destroyed by rainstorm to access full school day for both the primary and secondary sections, who now break and operate at morning and afternoon sessions. Enrollment forms for proper registration and identification is paramount. Staff and student identity card and badge for security and quick identification.

EMCI School: Lassa

EMCI School Lassa resumed on September 11th, 2018 for the 2017/2018 academic session. 352 pupils reported for primary school and 65 in JSS1 and JSS2; all teachers reported for duty on resumption date. However the total number of students rose to 653 by end of the second week. The Junior Secondary School has formally moved to the permanent site. Finally, an additional 20 trees were planted at the permanent site; 10 orange trees and 10 mango trees.


EMCI Second Quarter 2018 Newsletter

APRIL 2018

Placement/Relocation Program

During the month of April, the placement schoolchildren from four different schools came home for their Easter and end of 2nd term breaks; they spent 3 weeks on leave. During this time, we took them to participate in Deliverance Week which was organized by The Mountain of Fire and Ministries Church, from April 8th to 15th. Aspects of their spiritual lives that were focused on included prayer, faith in God, obedience, benevolence, studying the word of God, language, and issues pertaining pride.

Two of the girls in Junior Secondary School stayed behind to prepare for their Junior WAEC exams.

The overall atmosphere around the home is upbeat; the schoolchildren are learning well in school; some, faster than others. An older student has been described by one of her teachers as a patient learner because she constantly seeks out help from her younger classmates on topics that she does not understand. We bless God. Following their break, the students returned to school for the start of the third term.

EMCI School: Yola

The school went on the second term break. Unfortunately, the rains arrived and left behind some damage as the tents which had been used as makeshift classrooms were blown over. The rainstorms tore down the curtains and broke the twelve classrooms tents apart thereby making the students to receive their lessons under shade, which makes learning un-conducive. To accommodate both the primary and secondary pupils, we are making use of the uncompleted new 6-block classrooms; the primary school pupils are receiving classes in the morning while the secondary school pupils are receiving classes in the afternoon.

During the break, we conducted a primary and Secondary School Teacher’s Seminar/Workshop on Teaching Skills which was organized by the EMCI.

AIM: The aim of the seminar is to conceptualize strategic management, Identify principles and Skills needed to discipline learners, Evolve strategies to tackle indiscipline, Identify features of a disciplined school as well as Develop school improvement plan (SIP).

The resource persons spoke on Strategic management, Effective use of instructional materials in the classroom, Scheme of work.

Motivation, motivating style, teaching skill in the classroom, instructional leadership skills, Relevance of continuous assessment and Record keeping in school system, Education Security, and Dressing Code.


  • Motivation and types of motivation which includes;
  • Collective motivation (Team)
  • Success motivation
  • Forced motivation
  • Internal motivation
  • External motivation and
  • Instinctive motivation.
  • Teaching skill, motivating Style etc


All teachers in EMCI were present both the primary and the secondary section respectively;


The participation of the teachers were moderate, there was good response from the entire participants.


During the seminar, the teachers were trained on the conduct and attitude, as well as dedication to work.


The roundup of the seminar was on dressing code and personal hygiene.


At the end of the seminar the teachers were assessed so as to ensure adequate participation. And it was observed that they all had a good response towards the seminar and have determined to put more effort so as to be able to discharge their duty diligently.

Training Session security consciousness with the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Sangere making a presentation to teachers of EMCI School Yola

EMCI School: Lassa

Throughout April, teachers and pupils were in holidays. The winds from the early rains brought down ten of the classroom tents. The situation has since been reported to the relevant authorities and we await their response on repair work.

MAY 2018

Placement/Relocation Program

The placement students resumed school last month from their end of 2nd term and Easter break. Their academic progression is continuing. Paul & Rebecca traveled to the U.S. for the month of May where amongst several objectives, they met with the five girls in Community Colleges and Universities there. These interactions brought about several developments which will dictate the direction and pace of their futures.

In Nigeria, Helen, Hannatu, and Grace (the three day-school students) took turns being “head of house”, which includes managing the home and taking care of their sisters, under the supervision of Heriju. It was a welcomed development as this allowed Paul and Rebecca have a more fruitful, restful journey. The other students at St. Luke’s College came home for mid-term break for almost 2 weeks from late May to early June. The girls did a good job as there were little or no issues while the host sponsors were away.

EMCI School: Yola

In the month of May, old classroom structures were renovated as doors and windows were fitted accordingly. The proposed science laboratories were examined by Heriju and the lab equipment supplier. The school also received a free donation of a chalkboard from UNDP initiative program community. Classroom hours have returned to morning and afternoon sessions for both primary and secondary sections; that is from 8am-12noon for morning and 12noon to 4pm respectively due to the felling of the twelve classroom tents previously donated by VSF. A written, comprehensive report to the relevant authorities on the rainstorm disaster done to the classroom tents has been sent.

In all, the school continues to move smoothly in its daily endeavors. The population of pupils remains 595 as of May 2018

EMCI School: Lassa

Routine academic activities continued this month after the pupils returned from their end of term/Easter break in April. Lessons resumed on May 2nd 2018; all teachers reported to school on the date of resumption. 3,105 pupils reported to school.  On May 31, 2018 the secretary of VSF visited EMCI School Lassa. They assessed the situation with the 10 tents that were felled by the rains in April, and we are awaiting feedback from them.

JUNE 2018

Placement/Relocation Program

Following Paul & Rebecca’s return from their month-long trip to the US in May, home economics continues to be part and parcel of the placement children’s learning process. In light of this, we have continued to rotate the “head of house” principle, with each of the three day-commute students taking turns at being accountable for affairs within the household. There was a period of one week when two of the older girls, Wadi and Magdalene had their mid-term break, and they coordinated the home affairs.

In the last week of June, there was a security situation in central Nigeria environs. As a result, the four schoolchildren attending Messiah College (located at the outskirts of the city) were allowed to go on an early break, with their return pending when normalcy is reestablished. We continue to monitor the situation and are on standby to act as necessary depending on how things turn out.

EMCI School: Yola

In the month of June, 2018, we recorded the following achievements, developments, challenges and needs at the school. There was the successful conclusion of WAEC, NECO for SSIII students and JSSIII students for their JCE. The school mobilized “the task force committee on sanitation” by using liters of herbicides for the eradication of weeds at the campus. This exercise was done effectively. Generally, the environment is calm and smooth running of academics is ongoing.

Still in the month of June 2018, teachers and pupils were busy revising previous lessons for appropriation of tests, assignment and examinations as third term approaches to round up the 2017/2018 session before the long vacation. Also, preparation for the prize-giving day activities for graduation ceremony is all in the pipeline.

In the same month, reconstruction of the school library, power supply for the school computers and the borehole were done. In addition, we made student uniforms and staff identity card (ID card) as well as engaged in extracurricular activities like football and volleyball. Provision of history, encyclopedia, primary 1 – 6, agric. for primary 1- 6 textbooks are our immediate challenges in the school.

Finally, in late June Rebecca Gadzama visited EMCI School Yola along with an American reporter, Chika Oduah. Words of encouragement were shared by them to the staff, who also felt good that they had this opportunity to let their voices be heard. They brought with them an additional 350 Grow Right supplement drinks which the students enjoy very much. While in Adamawa state, Beckie visited Mighty and Naomi who are among the 2nd set of graduates from EMCI School Yola. They are currently students at Federal College of Education, Hong.

EMCI School: Lassa

Pupils/Students went on midterm break for the third session from 22nd June to July 2nd. There is great improvement in learning because about 85% of pupils/students passed their Continuous Assessment Test. There is now a population of 716 pupils and classroom space is no longer adequate. Beckie Gadzama visited the school, along with an American reporter.


EMCI – Prelude and First Quarter 2018


Hello and welcome to Education Must Continue Initiative’s Newsletter. Due to some technical issues, we were unable to update the blog for over a year. However, these have been resolved now and we plan to update this blog on a monthly basis, going forward.

The last update we posted was Summer 2016. Since then, there have been a lot of new and exciting developments both in Nigeria and in the U.S. Here are several, to mention a few:

  1. In 2017, we graduated our second set of 25 Senior Secondary School (High School) graduates at EMCI School Yola. Many of the graduates have enrolled in higher institutions of learning. We are currently working on getting certification as an approved JAMB test site. Meanwhile, EMCI School Lassa graduated its second set of pupils and now has 75 students in JSS 1 and JSS2. The school has now been expanded to two sites to accommodate for Junior and Senior Secondary Schools. Current student enrollment at both sites is 750.
  2. US Placement Program: In 2017, two Chibok Schoolgirls who had escaped from their captors in 2014 successfully graduated high school. They have since completed their first year and a half of college. Another GGSS Chibok escapee has also completed two years of College; she had graduated high school half a year before her former classmates. In partnership with a Church of the Brethren University located in the United States West Coast, EMCI has placed two other victims to complete their four-year degree program both of whom shall graduate this year, 2019.
  3. The Nigerian Placement Program has seen academic progress among the students. From inception in 2014, we had relocated and placed 35 schoolchildren from North Eastern Nigeria in the program at 7 different schools in Central and South Western Nigeria to continue their education. Two have completed their National Diploma programs and another two are awaiting admission into university degree programs, while several others have already enrolled into some higher institutions. A few have of them have either transferred out or returned home. Of the remaining 16 in the program, all have successfully been promoted to higher grade levels, respectively. There are now two in Primary School (Elementary), five in Junior Secondary School (Middle School), six in Senior Secondary School (High School), and three in higher institutions. When we first started, no student tested into Senior Secondary School; most of them were reading at Primary School Levels with three reading at Nursery School Level.


Placement/Relocation Program

Following a three-week stint at home, 17 children schooling in central Nigeria returned from their Christmas holidays (see pictures below). The three schools, St. Pirans, Messiah College, and St. Luke’s all resumed on the same day, Saturday January 6th. There was needed coordination between Beckie (founder) and Heriju (logistics and reporting) to get them to each of the schools, as Paul (founder) was out of town that weekend. Hannatu, Grace, and Helen, the three day students also resumed on Monday, January 8th at Favored Christian Schools. The girls are growing more confident in their command of English. When they come back from school, they challenge themselves practicing English while correcting each other’ grammar and pronunciations.

Some pictures of the Placement Schoolchildren prior to return to their various schools

EMCI School: Yola

The school in Yola resumed on January 9th with a population of 601 pupils. The security situation at home has not improved. Parents left their wards in Yola to continue their education at EMCI School as IDPs while they returned to try and resume their farming occupation they had been deprived of for years.

As a result of growing prominence of the EMCI Schools through the individual support from Co-Founders and the Church of the Brethren (COB), Victim’s Support Fund (VSF) got interested and donated 1,600 schools bags as well as several cartons of essential primary and secondary school textbooks. The subjects include: Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Biology, English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Christian Religion Studies, Quantitative and Verbal Reasoning, and dictionaries. The total number of textbooks donated were 3,201. They also donated stationary like biros, pencils, and rulers and chalk board cleaner and eraser, and colored pastels for arts class. In addition, VSF contributed to paying teacher stipend for up to 6 months, from January to June 2018. They also erected temporary classrooms with tents, and supplied classroom desks.

Back at our national office in Central Nigeria, we are sorting donated by BOOKS FOR AFRICA USA for onward forwarding to the schools. A database with references was developed and shared with Pat Krabacher (COB) as she helped to ensure that EMCI got some of these books from the donor (see photos below).

EMCI School: Lassa

The school resumed on 9th January. The entire population is 750 from Primary 1 to 6 and JSS1.

Micro-nutrients supplement drinks were also supplied to the students to assess 100 students’ response after intake; metrics include group work and in-class contribution as well as physical attributes such as height and weight. It was administered from January to March, after which they were reassessed. ( delete this and to be replaced with a write up from mom on the whole micro nutrients program)

We have 23 teaching staff and 2 watchmen, and one medical staff, 27 staff total. The overall feedback from teaching staff is that they are cooperating, both in punctuality and executing their duties.

At the end of the month, 750 students total were registered and enrolled back to the school. This coincides with 750 who had gone for Christmas holidays in December.

Chibok Schoolgirls/EMCI USA

We had the joy of hosting Hauwa and Mary (now in university in Adamawa). They shared their recently received awards in sports and in the classroom with us. Mary is becoming quite the all-rounder, with recognition for her academic strives and physical fitness achievements.

Deborah and Grace (now at universities in the U.S.) returned for the first time to renew their visas and spent Christmas and New Year 2018 with us in Nigeria.  They were able to travel home and spend time with their families; each were in Borno for Christmas and New Year’s days. They came back in early January and subsequently returned to the U.S. at separate times (see photo below).

Grace puts her luggage for scanning before checking in

Finally, in Mid-January, we had a productive meeting with the Victims’ Support Fund in Abuja (see photo below).

January meeting with the chairman and members of the board at VSF, Abuja Headquarters


Placement/Relocation Program

This month, the placement schoolchildren had a week-long midterm break from the 17th to the 24th. St. Luke’s Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary students, except for the SS3 students were given a break, and they came to the house in central Nigeria to exercise that period. During that time, three girls schooling at Favored Sister’ Girls School had tests in their individual primary school subject areas, specifically, English, Math’s, Social Studies, Christian Religious Studies (CRS), Agricultural Science, Creative Arts, Basic Science, and Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Computer Science. On February, 17th, along with the Favored Sisters’ Girls school, Paul & Rebecca paid a visit to the 2 girls at St. Piran’s School. The primary school girls were excited to see their big sisters (who they refer to as ‘aunty’) in their “school natural habitat”.

Earlier in the month, on February 1st, we shared a couple evenings with Pat Krabacher, a volunteer with Church of the Brethren, USA. She had just returned from a trip to Kwarhi (EYN Headquarters). The children always enjoy spending time with our partners from oversees.

EMCI School: Yola

Routine academic activities continued as more students returned following resumption last month. Several pupils returned late because they had traveled home, expecting to be able to resume school there, but the security situation hadn’t improved enough to guarantee learning in a safe environment.

The items donated by VSF in January were formally handed over and commissioned. Paul and Rebecca were on hand to receive them on Tuesday, February 6th (see photos below).

Prep was introduced to the school, from 3pm to 5pm, Monday to Friday. After children have finished lessons for the day, gone home and eaten, they come back and have tutorials. They sit one by one and are tutored on individual class levels. The library remains open to them and they have access to the teachers; it is mandatory, and a roster is kept for that.

On Friday 23rd February a child was hit and injured (not fatally though) while crossing the road; she was in primary one. The girl was on her way to the center in the morning. The girl’s leg was broken at her thigh. She was treated at Federal Medical Center (FMC) Yola. Her mother was around, but we were unable to ascertain the whereabouts of her father, while her siblings are very young as well. The Federal Road Safety Corps came and enlightened both the students and staff on crossing the highway. They had been promising to come and the accident happened just before they came. At the end of the month, they also donated one first aid box. In it were spirit, cotton wool, spirit/hydrogen peroxide, one carton of paracetamol, ban-aids, and iodine.

Paul traveled back to the Northeast in late February. While there, he visited with Hauwa and Mary.

At the end of the month, the student population remained at 661. They also still have Grow Right nutrients supplement drink which is being continuously administered to the pupils.

EMCI School: Lassa

12 classroom tents were commissioned and handed over by the Victims’ Support Fund on February 7th, and they also donated 580 school bags. Paul and Rebecca were on site to receive them. In addition, 80 cartons of school chalk, textbooks for Primary 1 through Primary 6 and JSS1, and 10 advanced learner dictionaries were also donated. Other items donated included 7 packets of biros and 21 packets of pencils. One borehole was done at the permanent site and it is fully functioning now; it is a hand pump type of borehole. The PTA also dug one latrine toilet for the school.

On a sad note, we lost a male primary one student as a result of a brief illness; the child died at the General Hospital, Lassa where they diagnosed the illness as high malaria.

We gave our students midterm break from 16th to 22nd February.

MARCH 2018

Placement/Relocation Program

God has been faithful as the month of March was marked with progress along academic and interpersonal development of the relocated schoolchildren. Following the resumption of school in late February, all the students who had come home for a brief mid-term break returned and prepared for the 2nd half of the term, which included examinations. The students at Favored Sisters School, St. Luke’s, St. Pirans, and Messiah College all sat for their individual exams, ranging from Primary One to SS2, two weeks before Easter. End of term break started on Monday, March 26th across the four schools. Most of them will be spending their month-long break in central Nigeria, while several went to stay with immediate families and close relatives in another city in central Nigeria. Two girls stayed briefly with us before returning to St. Luke’s to prepare for their Junior WAEC and NECO exams.

As part of providing succor to hurting families from the Boko Haram insurgency, EMCI relocated and assisted a Muslim sibling of two abducted Chibok girls who got enrolled into the Federal College of Veterinary and Medical Laboratory Technology, VOM, Plateau State to continue his education. He hopes to graduate with a National Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology by 2020.

On Thursday March 15th, we engaged in another year of the “Skype Around the World” meet and greet/show and tell session. The Skype call has become an annual event where students at our home interact with 4th Graders from Todd Flory’s Wheatland Elementary School in Andover, Kansas to share about each other’s culture and education system.

EMCI School: Yola

Routine academic activities continued at EMCI School, Yola.

The recently completed borehole by VSF was worked on this month; they did drilling and an overhead tank was brought. In addition, 5 water taps were constructed and electrical pumps, submersible (SUMO) were installed.

There are 17 students who have registered for their WAEC,  which they will sit for on April 10, 2018. There are also 34 students who have registered for JSSCE, and will be sitting for that when the examinations commence sometime in June/July. The school also administered 2nd term examinations from primary one up to SS3; this procedure was completed shortly before Easter, from March 19th to 29th. They vacated on the 30th and resumption will be on April 23rd.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) returned and painted a Zebra-crossing because of traffic when children were crossing the road. There was one child who has hit in February.

At the end of the month, we still had 661 students.

“The staff are trying their best. It’s only the morale, the issues of financial problem that they have. Things are costly and they don’t have much else doing, but they are managing. Every month, they receive their stipend, even on holidays.” Quote from Principal Solomon

EMCI School: Lassa

In the first week of March, pupils at the EMCI School Lassa started revisions for 2nd term exams. They started exams on the 22nd which ran through to the 27th of March. The center closed on the 28th of March for Easter and end of 2nd term break.

We conducted an evaluation of the micro-nutrients supplement drink Grow Right. Here are observations of some few (10) students started in January; especially those who didn’t want to contribute in class. As of the time of the assessment in March, they exhibited improvement in their interactions and had more contributions. Almost all of the 10 have increased in weight. Some of them had exhibited signs of malnutrition, but since they started taking the supplement drink, those signs have decreased in most of them.

The school is set to resume on 1st May, 2018, as we are working with the regular school calendar that is being utilized by the state and federal government schools.


Summer 2016 Newsletter

Welcome to the summer update from the Education Must Continue Initiative. As we begin a new academic year, we are thankful for getting to this point; and mindful of those who didn’t make it to this point.  Thousands of captives have been freed by the army but hundreds of children are dying of malnutrition.

Like our previous posts, we will touch on events and activities on the Nigerian and American sides of the ocean. We will also include prayer and request items, we added a new section,”special projects report”, and finally conclude with our media mentions for the months of July and August.

EMCI Nigeria (July)

Relocated Orphan Children – Summer holidays for all the children

In mid-July, the relocated schoolchildren in Nigeria ended their first full school year. The various schools we placed them in across central and southwestern Nigeria had different closing dates, so we had to coordinate with them as well as the pupils’ parents on when to pick them up and who would be going back home to northeastern Nigeria. The year was full of ups and downs, both for us and the schoolchildren. We had several medical cases, which were duly taken care of, some students got homesick after being away from the village for the first time in their lives, while others kept on striving ahead, achieving new heights they probably never thought they would live to see. At the end of the day, the smiles and joy shone on many faces.

Sarah, one of the relocated children underwent surgery during the month. Thank God for a succesful operation and the support from our partners there.

Here are a few academic successes:  one girl, whom we’ve nicknamed “vigilante girl” (because she was rescued from an all male, adult, local vigilante group while wielding her own rifle) has graduated from Junior Secondary School (Junior High) to Senior Secondary School (High School).  At the time our team met this courageous teen keeping watch over her community from terror attacks, she explained that the last time Boko Haram came, they killed her brother. This time she was standing guard so she wouldn’t be abducted!

Another girl, Jummy, has come leaps and bounds from when she first came. Initially, she was at the bottom of the class but by the year’s end, she was in the top ten and has been promoted from JSS2 (8th grade) to JSS3 (9th grade). All our younger students in elementary and pre-elementary progressed to their next level. “Grace”  a 12-year old girl who tested into Nursery 2 at the start of the year, will now be starting Primary 1 (first grade), with the opportunity to be promoted to Primary 2 (second grade) before the 2nd semester of the next school year if she keeps improving at her current pace.

Six of the twenty students who ended the year with us traveled back to the village where a certain degree of peace and stability has returned. All of them are needed at home in order to support their families in various capacities.

More school provisions being taken to the children in central Nigeria shortly before their summer break
Vigilante girl, at her graduation ceremony to Senior Secondary School, along with her sister and Jummy

Sisters, doing their family proud...

A victim student preparing for her TOEFL

EMCI Lesson Centers Closing for Summer Break

A familiar face stopped by the Borno Lesson Center, a parent of one of the relocated schoolgirls in the US

Adamawa Lesson Center - the teams square off prior to the commemorative football match Adamawa Lesson Center football pitch Goalkeeper's POV at the Adamawa Lesson Center The football pitch at EMCI Adamawa

Some staff and family members strike a pose with EMCI Adamawa state’s principal

Cultural Dancers! Beautiful! A couple of the board members at EMCI Adamawa. Without these guys, none of this would have been possible. We can't thank you enough Prize-giving at EMCI Adamawa EMCI Adamwa prize giving EMCI Adamwa prize giving (2) EMCI Adamwa prize giving (3) EMCI Adamwa prize giving (4) EMCI Adamwa prize giving (5) EMCI Adamwa prize giving (6) EMCI Adamwa prize giving (7) The youngest prize recepient. Another exceptional student-athlete EMCI certificate of attendance in extracurricular activitites Staff, board members, and some of the senior student prize recipients at EMCI Adamawa Some of the fine staff at EMCI Adamawa Cultural Dancers strike a pose with Beckie

Similar to their relocated counterparts, the children at the EMCI lesson centers in Adamawa and Borno states vacated for the summer in late July. Our founders, Paul and Becky traveled there for the closing ceremony and prize & award giving days. They took with them some relief items, along with sports equipment and recreational aids for extracurricular activities. We are proud of the fantastic Junior WAEC results from EMCI JSS 3 class. The top students in each class were awarded a prize, and their achievement celebrated. Perhaps the most encouraging outcome was the successful graduation of 59 senior students, the inaugural graduating class! Congratulations to these ambitious, brave souls.

Prior to the ceremony, there was a novelty athletics mini track & field meet and a friendly soccer match was played amongst the students. The looks on their faces as they were putting on their EMCI jerseys were mixed with seriousness and intent with joy and anticipation. Bare in mind, most of the kids ran and played ball barefooted! They put on a cultural dance show and at the end of it, the real winner was education; over 3,000 refugee children are being catered for at the makeshift camps and many staff and parents who are benefiting from it through the lives of their children.

Team A Team B Bare-football... newest sport to be added the Olympic Games

Coach and founder. Who knows, maybe one day we'll have a full fledged club team come from the Borno Lesson Center. Prize-giving time at the Borno Lesson Center Prize-giving time at the Borno Lesson Center (2) Prize-giving time at the Borno Lesson Center (3) Sharing the prizes, everybody taking a part, including community leaders Student athlete, doesn't get much better than this Parents and teachers are appreciated too.

Prayer Requests

  • Students at home and the welfare of their families while on break
  • Schoolchildren in the lesson centers; attentive minds and open hearts for learning
  • For additional resources like clothing, shoes, textbooks, notebooks, writing utensils, and general educational material
  • The instructors, parents, and supervisors of the lesson centers; for strength to keep pushing on
  • A structure that has fallen needs to be built back up, and some of our new chairs that were in that building broke as a result. Thankfully, no one was injured or killed during the collapse of the building. We’d like for them to be repaired before school resumes
  • For the government and aid agencies to help build a much brighter future for the young ones


Special Academic Recognition for One Escaped Chibok Schoolgirl

In July, one of the escaped Chibok girls in a US high school, whom we call Dee received a special letter. The letter transmitted a “particularly distinguished academic achievement” for Dee from the Member of the US Congress who represent’s the school’s district in recognition of her honor roll achievements throughout the year.

This is a wonderful achievement that D will always take with her. If you’d like to indicate your support for this young, brave soul, feel free to express it on our Facebook wall, or contact us directly through our email’s listed under the contacts section of our website. She has come a long way from a terrorist enclave in Sambisa forest to being the most award-winning student in an award-wining American school with lots of international students!

Zee’s Admission into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Continuing this streak of academic excellence, we are proud to say that Zee, one of our relocated girls in US College, has received the distinction of admission into the elite National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NCSC) due to her outstanding academic performance at her college.

NSCS is an honor society inviting high-achieving first- and second-year undergraduates from over 300 colleges and universities across the country, including the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Los Angeles. Aside from the prestige of membership, Zee will have access to consideration for scholarships, networking opportunities, and other internships and discounts. This could potentially be helpful because all our college students are currently paying high international student tuition rates.

This is another amazing testament of the goodness of a God who daily loads us with benefits in the midst of the storm. Just a reminder that Z is the latest addition to us and has not been in the US 12 months yet.  A week before she received this award, we were talking and she told how many college students used to visit her home and her late dad would give them money for school. She said silently to herself ” I pray someone does this for me too when I go to college.”

Has God answered this or what?

She told how when she arrived in America last fall and was given a school uniform in high school, she was sad because she knew she was ready for college. She told how when we informed her in December to try out for college, many in her school discouraged her. Students said the SAT was too hard. Teachers said she should wait and get a diploma from their school… By faith we told her and the other two girls not to try out for college after the Christmas break. They made it in by divine favor in January 2016 – barely three months after she arrived the US, thanks to an unexpected ministry donor to whom we are deeply grateful!

Does God have a plan and a time or what? Zee survived a bullet to the head and now averages a 3.82 GPA!

We share this as an encouragement that we are being answers to prayers made years ago and prayers being made now at the throne by present day martyrs. And Heaven smiled…

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NSCS member, Zee, at a DC Monument

Museum Briefing

On July 5th, a day after the USA’s Independence Day, EMCI college students visited the US National Guard Museum in Washington D.C. which tells the story of the US citizen soldier from the 17th century to today. They received a private briefing from a museum curator, who explained how the museum organizes and updates its artifacts in order to continue to tell the story of the US citizen soldier as effectively as possible.

God Bless AMERICA!

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EMCI Nigeria (August)

Improvement in School Results for Placement Children and Summer Homeschooling

During their summer vacation, we engaged the relocated schoolchildren with summer homeschooling. Some of these kids have never had proper in-class teachers, much less homeschooling. It has had its challenges, including domestic truancy and calibrating to lessons while on holidays, especially for the younger ones. However, education MUST continue!

We engaged several youth corps service members here in Nigeria to come 5 times a week for 4 hours of lessons. The students have been divided into secondary (Junior High and High School) and primary schools (Elementary) for a 2-month program, lasting to their final days of summer holiday.

Thus far, we’ve noticed improvements across the board, though, some students are making progress faster than their peers.  One indicator of their progress has been their response to home economics and sharing of responsibilities. Initially, when they first came, one girl in particular wistfully did most of the clean up in their rooms and around the premises, while the others chatted away. Now, things are different, with each of them taking on more responsibility, leveling the workload share.

More summer homeschooling for the primary school students Homeschooling time EMCI placement kids (relocated orphans) on summer break, having summer classes. July 29th, 2016. They had been out of school for 3 years. Summer school administered. Homeschooling for the primary school students

Highlighting the Accomplishments of two Boys Orphaned by BH

Each one of the over twenty schoolchildren EMCI has relocated have horror stories after going through ordeals most people never live to experience. We want to share with you the story of T&P, two orphaned brothers schooling in southwestern Nigeria, where Yoruba is the main language spoken, not Hausa which is the predominant language in northern Nigeria. A few years ago, BH attacked their town, and their parents were killed in the onslaught; the boys witnessed as the terrorists executed their mother in their home.

Fast forward two and half years and now, both boys are in high school. The younger brother is on the verge of starting his final year, SS3. The older brother is starting his junior year, SS2. T is celebrating P’s outstanding performance, saying that he couldn’t be prouder of him.

The two boys spent a couple days with us before returning home to the village for the remainder of the summer.

Tarapaya and Phillip,Victims of BH, Saw their mom killed by BH. Both returned to school 2.5 years agoby EMCI. Phillip SS3 (senior class). Tarapaya SS2 (Junior Class)
T & P

A Chibok Mother’s Reaction to the August 14th Video Released by BH

On August 14, 2016 terror group Boko Haram released a ransom video of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls exactly 28 months after they were taken. Esther Yakubu’s daughter made a direct personal appeal to her mother for help. The day before Secretary of State John Kerry visited Nigeria, heavily armed anti-riot police blocked Esther and her group from marching to the presidential villa to present her daughter’s message from the ransom video. This is Esther’s message to the government and to her captive daughter: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcGAF_0Sk-Xzh7h0P26K5Kw

Preparations for School Resumption in Mid-September

As we write this post, the relocated school children have been out of school now for almost a month and a half. Their various schools will have different resumption dates and requirements. We want to take this time to say a special THANK YOU to these institutions for the scholarships, discounts, and numerous efforts made for our vulnerable schoolchildren.

COB Missionaries from the US’ Visitation and Interaction

In mid-August, a team of a dozen or so missionaries and ex-patriots from Church of the Brethren Headquarters in the US embarked on a 2-week  work-trip to Nigeria. While here, they traveled to the EYN/COB headquarters and Bible School which is currently being rebuilt after it was attacked by BH almost 2 years ago. EYN church has lost over 10,000 members to Boko Haram terrorism.

“It’s one thing to hear about the insurgency in another country; even to communicate with people on the ground there and to send support. It’s a whole other thing to be there and witness the chaos for ourselves.” This was a comment made by Pat K, a first-time visitor to Nigeria who ended up staying a week longer than the others.

After they returned to the “big city” from their 10-12 hour journey to the northeast, we had dinner with the COB team. We are always encouraged when we have the opportunity to fellowship with visiting brothers and sisters from abroad. They are a great encouragement in the midst of the storm.

Fellowshipping with COB missionaries while on their work trip to Nigeria in mid- August Fellowshipping with COB missionaries while on their work trip to Nigeria in mid- August (2)

EMCI USA (August)

Saa’s Visit with Missionary and 42-Year Veteran Educator in Nigeria, Harold

This summer, one of the Chibok girls in the US used her break from college to visit with a heroic and historic figure; Educator Harold spent 42 years in Nigeria teaching young children in school.

The retired missionary who turned 90 years old in August, told Sa’a how one of his 13 year old students told him she was going to be a medical doctor. “We all laughed”, the old man said. “A female doctor in Northern Nigeria???”.

Well, she was determined and she indeed became the First Lady Doctor in northern Nigeria!

EMC’s International Director (and son of northern Nigeria’s first female doctor – Maryamu Dija Madaki) presented Saa to Mr. Harold as a granddaughter and an example of his continuing legacy to a fourth generation.

“Thank you for your service. If you hadn’t done what you did for my mum, I wouldn’t be serving others today,” he said.

EMC joins his family in wishing him a happy and blessed 90th birthday and thank him for his service to God and humanity and the development of education in Nigeria.

Mr. Harold and his daughter, Dariya, pictured with the EMC team at his retirement home

Special Projects Report

EMCI focuses on educating school-age victims of terrorism. However in special circumstances we provide assistance to adult victims too.

“Timo” is a young adult victim of Boko Haram. Already crippled before his abduction during the Christmas holiday some years ago, he was in the terrorist camp before his daring escape during a thunderstorm 8 months later. Timo survived snakes and other perils in the forest before making it out alive 5 days later. He has returned to school to school to get an education and has no support from anyone. His mum is a refugee in another country. EMCI and PLEA supported him with a laptop and a friend of EMC in South Africa paid for his school fee for this semester.

Ruth is a widow whose husband was killed by the terrorists in front of her and her baby. A year later, the terrorists killed her uncle again in front of her. She has returned to school to get an education. EMC and PLEA supported her with a laptop.

David had his slit throat by Boko Haram. He survived 14 hours till he got medical attention. During that time, even as he bled profusely, he struggled to get to the homes of his neigbors to warn them to flee the terrorists. He has gone back to complete his final year of school which was interrupted by the attack. EMCI helped him with medical attention for ruptured stitches on his throat through a kind gift from a friend in Texas.

Special gifts from friends and readers like you help us to extend support to these fabulous heroes.

Summer Progress and Preparation to Return to School for Three College Girls and two High School Seniors

The girls are having a wonderful summer, some of them got to travel a bit during their time out of school.

Here is a link to a discussion held in Miami, coordinated by congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154156105898381&id=600133380

Congresswoman Fredericka Wilson, a consistent champion for the Chibok girls in the US,  once again assisted some of the girls with getting back to school supplies.

Prayer items:

  • For the church, esepecially EYN/COB to be strengthened to be better able to respond to future attacks
  • Shipment of relief goods to be cleared and delivered to intended recipients in one piece and in a timely manner as many IDPs are dying daily of malnutrition
  • For the abducted Chibok girls and many other women and children still in captivity, that they will be reunited with their families before the year runs out and that God will divinely arrange not only for their freedom, but for authentic comfort, consolation, counseling, restoration and healing for any who escape
  • Resources for the college girls in the US. Their annual need now exceeds $120,000 and we have several more years to go.

Media Mentions for Summer 2016

Education: NGO Graduates 59 IDPs In Yola (The Leadership Newspaper) Aug 1, 2016 – http://leadership.ng/news/544127/education-ngo-graduates-59-idps-in-yola

New ‘Proof of Life’ Video Shows Dozens of Kidnapped Chibok Girls – http://www.voanews.com/a/boko-haram-some-abducted-chibok-girls-killed-in-air-strikes/3463613.html

Emma interview with CNN Aug 16th 2016 – http://www.snappytv.com/tc/2610718

 Glob Trot: John Kerry heads to Nigeria Aug 22nd 2016 – https://world.wng.org/2016/08/globe_trot_john_kerry_heads_to_nigeria

Girls fight back against Boko Haram by getting an education Aug 29th 2016 – http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article98547372.html

How a Nigerian schoolgirl escaped from her Boko Haram kidnappers Aug 29th 2016 – http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article98730827.html

Mother of abducted girl pleads for help Aug 30th 2016 – http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2016/08/30/nigeria-chibok-missing-girls-mother-demands-intv.cnn

Facing Terror and Destruction, Some Stand Up for Freedom Aug 30th 2016 – https://medium.com/@cvirgin/facing-terror-and-destruction-some-stand-up-for-freedom-19edd9ff785a#.8o5zy9o1v

Girls fight back against Boko Haram by getting an education Aug 31st 2016 – http://www.guardiannewsusa.com/girls-fight-back-boko-haram-getting-education/

April 2016 Newletter

Hello, happy new month. Welcome to the latest newsletter from the Education Must Continue Initiative, for the month of April 2016. This month was quite busy for us, so without further delay, let’s get to it.

Relocated Children Home for End of Term Break 

At the end of March, close to twenty relocated schoolchildren had come home for break following Easter Holiday and end of term 3-week break. Some traveled back to their villages to be with their families. The ones who remained in central Nigerian city continued to fellowship in the EMCI community. EMCI engaged them in daily activities including chores, games and play, as well as tutoring and other responsibilities.

The new girls who had been relocated about a month earlier were tested at two different schools, placing them in classes ranging from Nursery 1 to SS2 (senior secondary). Thus, by the time the returning students were going back to school, this new set of girls were able to return with them. Several Church of the Brethren staff came around and encouraged them for their bold step in pursuing education.

Church of the Brethren staff meeting some of the newly relocated girls

While they were present, we followed up on a Skype appointment we had made with Todd Flory, a COB member and teacher at Wheatland Elementary School in Kansas. His class of about 30 pupils had done a “Skype around the world” day, and our students were the last stop. We spent close to an hour sharing our different cultures and backgrounds across laptop screens. Some of the areas we touched on were favorite subjects, the Kansas State Flag, the other countries they had Skyped, and what our different ecosystems were like. The students also asked each other what kind of jobs they’d want to hold when they became adults as well as the kinds of foods each ate. Some of our more shy students eventually summed up the courage to show their faces to the camera, smiling when they discovered some shared familiarities. At the end  of the session, Wheatland Elementary students sang their school anthem for us, and in return, our students sang the Nigerian national anthem for them while holding up our country flag.

April 14th Skype session with Wheatland Elementary School

Update on the Status of the EMCI Learning Centers in Adamawa and Borno States

51 SS3 (Senior Secondary 3) students are currently sitting for their SSCE and NECO (final year exams). These students are from EMCI Adamawa lesson centers and have been preparing for over a year.

Meanwhile, at EMCI Borno, a piece of land has been acquired for the future development of the EMCI Heritage Academy. More information on this will be available in future posts; watch this space. Also, a room has been refurbished  and converted into a reading studio at the center. Now, we are creating a computer lab and a library to facilitate the learning process through use of technology.

Finally, 250 desks seating 750 students had been made over the past few weeks for both of the learning centers.

51 EMCI Yola senior students who will be sitting for their final year exams this summer
51 EMCI Yola senior students who will be sitting for their final year exams this summer (1)

Schoolgirls in the United States Achieve Academic Recognition

There were several classroom victories during the month which  we’d like to share with you. Their teachers are giving us excellent reports, saying that the girls are much more relaxed now and are better able to focus on their studies. In one location, 3 girls made it to the honor roll! One girl earned highest honors, level 1! The other two attained level 2 honor roll which means B average or better on a stringent grade scale. All three of them overcame specific academic challenges and have improved their GPA since the beginning of the year.

Honor roll awards

Our three college students are making rapid progress through their programs.  One excelled on her writing evaluation, which placed her into a higher level program, another placed in the top five in her class, which exempted her from her final exam, and a third continues to hone her writing skills and to receive praise from her professor and extra bonus points (160 out of 150!) as her work is used as examples for the entire class. Her teacher placed her paper on the board and announced to the class that, “this was written by someone in the same class as you, and you should take this as a challenge!”  This young woman’s father was brutally killed by Boko Haram terrorists in her presence, and yet she is going forward with her studies with excellence and determination as an inspiring tribute to her late father.  “Death, where is thy sting?”

Sa’a reading beneath US Capitol

One of our high school students is ready to advance to college in the fall, so if you or someone you know would like to contribute to this effort, please contact us (www.emcinitiative.org).

A Week of Action for Two Year Remembrance of GGSS Chibok

April 1st was the beginning of the 2-week countdown to the 2-year remembrance of the abduction of 276 schoolgirls from their dorms at Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno state. The EMCI coordinated several events in Nigeria and the USA to mark the desperately unfortunate incident and inspire action. Below is a summary to mention a few.

  • On April 12th, EMCI student coordinator/mentor, Nubwa Gadzama and EMCI International Director, Emma Ogebe spoke on a panel at the World Bank  Spring Meetings on “Human Rights and the Status of Women and Children in Africa”. It was the Naija Worldwide Charities (NWC) and Global Women- Africa Network (GLOW) policy forum/global town hall meeting session entitled, “The Human Rights Status of Women and Girls in Africa and the Rest of the World,” and held on April 12, 2016, at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)- World Bank Headquarters Spring Meetings, Washington DC.
Our Our student advisor, Nubwa and Deanna, our International Education Advisor
EMCI Student Coordinator and International Director speaking on a panel at the World Bank Spring Meetings on human rights and the status of women and children in Africa.
  • Remembrance events were held in Washington D.C. USA, Abuja, Jos, and Borno
    • On April 13th, Boko Haram released a video showing 15 of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls. When we showed our Chibok girls the video they recognized some of their classmates.

Press Statement of Escaped Chibok Schoolgirl “Saa”


Emma & Sa'a at capitol hill
(Click here for Statement by EMCI International Director, Emmanuel Ogebe, on the new Chibok girls’ video by Boko Haram.)
  • During that week of April 10th, the annual EYN Conference was being held at the Annex Church Headquarters. Close to a dozen Church of the Brethren (COB) members had flown in from the United States representing church leaders. To keep the memory of the missing girls alive, EMCI printed a list of each of their names on large banners. These names and banners were carried through the aisles of the church and afterwards, hung on the walls of the auditorium of the church for the week-long duration of the conference. This act even caught the eye of a national newspaper, and the front cover picture of the medium on April 14th was a senior COB representative holding up the banner.
  • Cover of the Nation Newspaper on April 14th 2016
    • Our journey getting some of the escaped Chibok girls to school in the United States were inspired by visits of Congressman Chris Smith and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson amongst others . On the 14th of April, our US team accompanied the girls schooling there to a remembrance event at capitol hill attended by Rep. Chris Smith and Rep. Frederica S. Wilson, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep Sheila Jackson Lee and many others. There Sa’a spoke on behalf of her sisters, promising that they will never forget their missing friends and classmates. (At the end of this post is a list of all our media mentions for the month, including the events held at Capitol Hill on that remembrance)
  • Rep Wilson, Emma, Sa’a and some of the girls
    Rep Smith, Deanna, and some of the girls
    Nubwa and some of the girls at Capitol Hill on April 14th
    Photo of Congressional event‏
    Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee at George Ranch High School TX for a Celebrity Basketball Tournament in honor of the Chibok girls organized by the African Student Association.
    • Meanwhile, across the pond, one of our co-founders, Rebecca Gadzama was being awarded by her Alma Mater, the University of Maiduguri for her efforts in furthering education at the institutions. The Graduate Records and Alumni Relations office in the University and the National Alumni Association was conferring the first “Annual Achievement Award” as part of the 22nd Combined Convocation and 40th Anniversary Celebrations. She was nominated to receive an award in recognition of the humanitarian services as an alumnus of the university.
Rebecca Gadzama receiving her award at the University of Maiduguri
    • On April 21st, members of US Congress invited the Chibok girls schooling in the US to participate in a Candlelight Vigil with a delegation of members of the U.S. Congress at the State Department. Initially, we were afraid it was going to be a time used to give speeches from members of Congress, but it turned out to be a powerful, spiritual and uplifting event. The Congress people brought their own podium and set it up outside of the State Department. Congresswoman Wilson (D-FL) organized the event, working with the US Capitol Police, who provided escorts for our girls and the Congressional Delegation.  Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), and Reps. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.), Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.), and the United Nations Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) also participated in the vigil and shared inspiring statements.  The stirring event was filmed by ABC’s Nightline, which aired a documentary covering the event as well as other prominent networks (MSNBC and Voice of America).  The participants commended our girls for continuing their studies in the US and urged people all over the world to unite in standing up for the missing Chibok girls and to work together to eradicate Boko Haram. Several members of Congress spoke, and a Democrat asked a republican to pray. Illustrating the extent of broad bi-partisan support of the effort, the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus said that “it is not a Democrat issue or a Republican issue or a Woman’s issue or a Man’s issue, or a Black Caucus issue, but it is a HUMANITARIAN ISSUE.”  Others re-iterated that the full Congress supports this. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee read from Psalm 91 on safety.   UN Representative Barbara Lee spoke eloquently, showing great support.  When it was our turn, Sa’a briefly explained who she was.   One of the non Chibok escapees, but a victim of terror from Northeastern Nigeria, known only as “Zee,” led Congress and the girls in prayer quite powerfully in the name of Jesus.  You could have heard a pin dropped as she prayed.  Then she and Sa’a read all 219 names while we all prayed for them.    NO ONE BUDGED.  Some of our girls and other distinguished participants were crying.  They were God’s tears.  Members of Congress’ hearts were touched.  As a fitting end to an inspiring tribute, Congressman Curt Clawson (R-FL) who had been asked by Congresswoman Wilson to pray for the effort, led the delegation in singing Amazing Grace to conclude the inspiring event.
Congressman Leads In Prayer during Candle Light Vigil at the U.S. State Department
Saa Reading Names during Candlelight vigil at the U.S. State Department

Update on Activities in Nigeria when International Director was Around

Towards the end of the month, Emmanuel Ogebe flew to Nigeria to attend some of the goings-ons there. While here, he traveled to Adamawa and Borno states to visit the learning centers there, fellowshipping with families, staff, and victims of the insurgency. With him, he brought donations of computers from PLEA a US charity, to help further the learning process there.

International Director, EMCI, Emmanuel Ogebe presents computers donated by PLEA a US charity to the EMCI directors in Nigeria – the Gadzamas – for our IDP kids’ schools.

Our objective remains networking with various organizations to see if we can collaborate on projects to bring back quality education and provide a more prospective looking future for people coming from that region. Please contact us if you want to help.

US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Powers meets ‪‎bringbackourgirls‬ campaigners in Abuja, Emma (our international director) holds up a plaque with a captive girls’ name.
US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Powers meets ‪‎bringbackourgirls‬ campaigners in Abuja and holds up a plaque with a captive girls’ name.
US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Powers meets ‪‎bringbackourgirls‬ campaigners in Abuja and holds up a plaque with a captive girls’ name. Pin given to her by BBOG

Somewhere on Broadway…

In the US, Danai Gurira, a famolus actress and playwright, who wrote Eclipsed, a Broadway play about enslaved women in Liberia’s 12-year civil war, was inspired by EMCI’s work upon meeting our International Director and human rights lawyer, Emmanuel Ogebe. As a result, all Broadway performances of Eclipsed will conclude with a moment in which the names of some of the missing girls are read and remembered as the performance is dedicated to them. Bono, the famous lead singer of U-2, appeared on stage with the Eclipsed staff as part of the launch of the remembrances. Eclipsed is the first production in Broadway history to feature an all-female director, cast, and playwright.


As Promised, here is a List of our Media Mentions

Escaped ‘Chibok Girl’ Pleads for More US Help


From Boko Haram Captive To U.S. College Student http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/04/18/474702756/from-boko-haram-captive-to-u-s-college-student

Saa’ at NPR

Nigeria’s missing girls: A glimpse of the stolen


#BringBackOurGirls Survivor Urges World Not To Give Up On Her Friends


Link for first Congressional event on 2 year remembrance


Congressman Smith Tweets in remembrance of missing Chibok girls


As Video of Chibok Girls Gives New Hope, We Speak to Survivors of Boko Haram


‘Eclipsed’ shows on Broadway to be dedicated to victims


Nigeria’s Stolen Girls: Inside Boko Haram Territory Where Children Are Forced to Become Suicide Bombers: Reporter’s Notebook


How School Girl Escaped Being Kidnapped By Boko Haram: Part 2


UM-Flint Grad Will Work to Save, Ensure Education for Victims of Boko Haram


Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson hosts candlelight vigil at the U.S. State Department to honor the Chibok Girls


Chibok Survivor Now Thriving in the U.S.


Saa's testimonial story

Names of Still Missing Girls

  1. Lydia Habila
  2. Rejoice Musa
  3. Mary Madu
  4. Hauwa Abuge
  5. Laraba Haruna
  6. Esther Ayuba
  7. Maryamu Yakubu
  8. Lydia Imar
  9. Comfort Amos
  10. Naomi Bitrus
  11. Ruth Wavi
  12. Mary Dauda
  13. Ladi Joel
  14. Saraya Samuel
  15. Salome Pogu
  16. 16 Sarah Abdu
  17. Rose David
  18. Esther John
  19. Deborah Aji
  20. Hauwa Dauda
  21. Naomi Luka
  22. Glory Dame
  23. Saraya Dame
  24. Hauwa Bula
  25. Laraba Paul
  26. Lugwa Samuel
  27. Lugwa Sanda
  28. Comfort Habila
  29. Guba Bura
  30. Lydia Emma
  31. Glory Yaga
  32. Iyhi Abdu
  33. Kauna Lalai
  34. Tabitha Silas
  35. Maryamu Lawan
  36. Yagana Jashua
  37. Rejoice Santi
  38. Godiya Bitrus
  39. Awa Bitrus
  40. Rahila Yohanna
  41. Maryamu Wuri
  42. Hauwa Musa
  43. Kabu Musa
  44. Rhoda John
  45. Salome Titus
  46. Maryamu Abbas
  47. Safiya Abdu
  48. Hauwa Adamu
  49. Rakiya Gali
  50. Ruth Ngitatar
  51. Halima Gambo
  52. Rebecca Ibrahim
  53. Rakiya Kwamte
  54. Rebecca Kabu
  55. Christiana Yusuf
  56. Jumai Muteh
  57. Amina Bulama
  58. Anna Ezekiel
  59. Saraya Stover
  60. Patience Jacob
  61. Awa Abughe
  62. Lugwa Abughe
  63. Mairama Yahaya
  64. Martha James
  65. Awa Amos
  66. Asabe Manu
  67. Esther Usman
  68. Mary Dame
  69. Ruth Kolo
  70. Hauwa Tela
  71. Suzanna Yakubu
  72. Amina Pogu
  73. Yaayi Abana
  74. Saraya Paul
  75. Fatima Tapje
  76. Saratu Micah
  77. Elizabeth Joseph M
  78. Amina John
  79. Victoria William
  80. Rakiya Shitima
  81. Deborah Peter
  82. Jummai Pogu
  83. Mary Sule
  84. Jummai Aboku
  85. Rifkatu Amos
  86. Rebecca Mallum
  87. Ladi Wadai
  88. Kwamta Simon
  89. Esther Markus
  90. Blessing Abana
  91. Nguba Bura
  92. Karu Stephen
  93. Rahila Bitrus
  94. Tapchi Hyelanpa
  95. Deborah Solomon
  96. Rahila Ibrahim
  97. Monica Enoch
  98. Dorcas Yakubu
  99. Rifkatu Galang
  100. Asabe Goni
  101. Naomi Yaga
  102. Rhoda Peter
  103. Naomi Adamu
  104. Hauwa Ishaya
  105. Sarah Samuel
  106. Saratu Ayuba
  107. Hauwa Josepj
  108. Jinkai Yama
  109. Maryamu Abubakar
  110. Deborah Abbas
  111. Saraya Musa
  112. Helen Ibrahim
  113. Hannatu Ibrahim
  114. Maimuna Usman
  115. Maryamu Musa
  116. Hannatu Nuhu
  117. Asabe Ali
  118. Yana Yaske
  119. Rebecca Joseph
  120. Naomi Philmon
  121. Rifkatu Yakubi
  122. Liatu Habila
  123. Deborah Jafaru
  124. Abigail Kugama
  125. Hauwa wahi
  126. Racheal Kheke
  127. Amina Ali
  128. Ayuba Grema
  129. Saratu Dauda
  130. Yaana Pogu
  131. Grace Paul
  132. Margaret Shitima
  133. Pindar Nuhu
  134. Hannatu Abubakar
  135. Hannatu Ishaku
  136. Hauwa Kwagwi
  137. Parmata Musa
  138. Hauwa Nkeke
  139. Mary Dama
  140. Mary Amos
  141. Aishatu Musa
  142. Mary Yakubu
  143. Sarah ndaske
  144. Hadiza Yakubu
  145. Asabe Lawan
  146. Tabitha Pogu
  147. Ruth Bitrus
  148. Lydia Simon
  149. Mwa Daniel
  150. Lugwa Mutah
  151. Yana Bukar
  152. Saraya Yaga
  153. Christiana Ali
  154. Kauna Luka
  155. Hauwa Peter
  156. Ladi Paul
  157. Deborah Yerima
  158. Juliana Yakubu
  159. 159 Ruth Lawan
  160. Laraba John
  161. Mary Daniel
  162. Hauwa Musa
  163. Naomi Zakariya
  164. Saratu Markus
  165. Zabu Yaska
  166. Saraya Samuel Yaga
  167. Hajara Isa
  168. Kwadzugu Haman
  169. Hauwa Markus
  170. Hauwa Maina
  171. Comfort Bulus
  172. Aisha Lawan
  173. Martha Musa
  174. Fibi Haruna
  175. Falta Lawan
  176. Maryamu Bulama
  177. Aishatu Lawan
  178. Glory Ali
  179. Esther Jashua
  180. Ruth Ishaku
  181. FILO Dauda
  182. Rifkatu Splomon
  183. Margaret Watsai
  184. Mary Ali
  185. Ruth Amos
  186. Bilkisu Abdulkahi
  187. Martha James
  188. Rebecca Ibrahim
  189. Maryamu Lawan
  190. Deborah Andrawus
  191. Agnes Ngapani
  192. Mary G .Dauda
  193. Saratu Iliya
  194. Saratu Tapji
  195. Mairama Bashir
  196. Victoria Dauda
  197. Halima Ali
  198. Maryamu Ali
  199. Ladi Audu
  200. Zainabu Yaga
  201. Awa Ali
  202. Talatu Adamu
  203. Ladi Paul
  204. Ladi Dauda
  205. Hannatu Dauda
  206. Lydia Yaga
  207. Mary Paul
  208. Naomi Yohanna
  209. Jessica Habila
  210. Jumai Paul
  211. Saratu yahi
  212. Helen Musa
  213. Jumai Yaga
  214. Grace Ahmadu
  215. Hamsatu Umoru
  216. Lydia Nuhu
  217. Mary Yakubu
  218. Saratu Thlawur
  219. Aishatu Modu