It’s that time of the year again. When we begin to look back at the previous 12 months and prepare for the start of another journey around the sun. To wrap up 2015, this post will cover our activities for the months of November and December while doing a photo recap of the year gone by. We will also highlight some of our major milestones, including presenting a summary listing of our media mentions.
Here we go!
November 2015 with EMCI
Relocated schoolchildren’s acclimation to their new communities
Currently, EMCI has facilitated the relocation of 31 internally displaced and/or orphaned children from Borno and Adamawa States to seven different schools in Jos, Abuja and Abeokuta.
There was a degree of apprehensiveness among a few of them when they first came, but these brave young ones soldiered on.
Some were able to come “home” in Jos for a midterm break towards the end of the month. There was much to celebrate as they are becoming more and more of a family.
Growing number of children at the lesson centers in Adamawa & Borno states
The EMCI “lesson centers” have accommodated an increasing intake of children who have been out of school in the affected regions.
Currently, the Adamawa location has around eight hundred children whereas the one in Borno state has over two thousand. In each of this centers, we had initially planned to accommodate no more than a couple hundred.
Please pray for desks and adequate classroom materials for the lesson centers in addition a continuation of funding for the teachers’ stipends. Contact information for those interested in contributing is provided at the end of this newsletter.
Continued financial contributions from near and afar
We want to recognize and appreciate the cash donations received from UK philanthropists. By God’s grace, some of our founders will be visiting them in early January.
Acceptance into a higher institution of one relocated schoolchild
One of our relocated daughters to Jos was formally accepted into a leadership institute to pursue a course leading to national diploma in community health!
EMCI USA Schoolgirls
There was much activity on the other side of the pond involving our twelve schoolgirls in the States. Most of them celebrated their first American Thanksgiving with host sponsors there, while the familiar few showed them the ropes around how to tackle turkey roast.
The girls continue to improve in their schoolwork, and are making new friends and connections as they progress through life in their new found home.
December 2015 with EMCI
Relocated schoolchildren were able to go home for the holidays
After completing their first semester “at-board”, the kids were sent home to be with their families for Christmas.
Medical treatment was provided to one who had post-traumatic stress-related symptoms.
Newspaper and media metions
During the month, a couple media outlets published articles with EMCI being referenced. Check them out:
Morgan Winsor’s article highlights the devastation by Boko Haram on the education sector. Read it here.
Following her trip to the Northeast with our founders from a few months back, Paul from Christian Science Monitor published her article. Read it here.
In response to a report by UNICEF saying that Boko Haram violence has forced 1 million children out of school, Teo Kermeliotis, a deputy online editor for Al Jazeera Media network interviewed our founder and published this article: read it here.
Oversight trip to EMCI lesson centers in the Northeast
In line with regular school scheduling, the lesson centers closed for Christmas and New Years, marking the end of the semester.
Our founders, Paul and Rebecca Gadzama were on hand to oversee the closing ceremonies as well as to pay the teachers’ stipends and provide gift items to victims of the insurgency there.
At Adamawa, there was prize giving for the end of the term. The top three children in each class were awarded prizes. That’s kindergarten one through three, primary one through form six (grades one to six), and JSS1 through SS3 (Seventh to twelfth grades). The top student received an additional gift of a Christmas card.
At Borno State, there was a football (soccer) match held between children of the host community vs. the children of the surrounding environs. The real winner was EMCI.
Awards were presented there as well, and a full-fledged end of year party was celebrated. Admonishments were dolled out to deserving individuals and stipends were paid including additional Christmas bonuses.
The figure at the close of school was 788 in Adamawa, an increase from 400 just a few months prior. People had been urged to return home on the premise that the insurgency had been cleared. However, they were forced to come back to IDP/refugee status because there was no home to go to…
EMCI USA and the overseas schoolgirls
Perhaps the biggest milestone achieved was the formal acceptance into colleges (degree courses) by three of the trans-Atlantic schoolgirls. These girls have barely spent a year overseas; one of whom is an escaped Chibok Schoolgirl, the other was only recently admitted into high school there in September. Pray that we get scholarships to sponsor them. Please see our contact at the end of this newsletter if you are interested in helping.
As the year rounded up, the girls placed in host families for Christmas, while a couple of them remained at their schools.
Finally, our resident human rights attorney and co-founder Emmanuel was recognized as a hero of the year by the Darfur Women’s Action Group for his tireless advocacy to the plight of the still missing Chibok girls and against the insurgency in Norheastern Nigeria. Read more about this award here.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
Here is a photo recap of EMCI from inception to date: