June Affairs with EMCI

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The month of June was full of activity for us here at EMCI on different fronts; both in Nigeria and in the U.S.A. For starters, June 1st brought about a regime change at the Federal and State levels. Efforts to combat the Boko Haram insurgency were reinforced by commitments made by the incoming President, Muhammadu Buhari. We continue to pray fervently for an end to this menace and for a sustainable peace that will foster an educative environment.

The first week of the month saw a joint effort between EMCI  and Family Worship Center (FWC), Abuja go to IDP camps in Yola where we donated relief materials to camp officials as well as internally displaced persons. Some of the teenage girls (pictured) have lost contact with their families while escaping terror attacks. They are called “unaccompanied minors.” It took a  short time to mobilize the Unaccompanieds. Many others showed up too and you might have a fracas or stampede. National Emergency Management (NEMA) officials carefully coordinated the distribution to avoid any incidents as the supplies couldn’t reach everyone in line.

Team EMC/FWC also visited an unregistered camp. Unlike government camps, they have makeshift sticks and thatch structures – not buildings. Pictured is the staff room for the teachers at the refugee schools. They are IDPs themselves. We gave them money for soap. They are all volunteers…

We got to meet the kids – hundreds of them. Our representative asked quiz questions in class. One girl answered correctly who the president of the US was. So we had to give prizes to the winners 🙂

During the month, we were also mentioned in an Al Jazeera article, written by a dear friend to EMCI. Check it out here.

Already mentioned in our original blogpost was the donation of various office equipment, supplies and other material by the EU Mission to Nigerian to EMCI. Pictures of some of these are subsequently shown. We cannot begin to thank all those who had a hand in making that a reality. All we can do is ensure that they reach those who need them the most. God bless you.

Some of these items were distributed to IDP’s at the Stephanos camp at Bukuru, Jos. This camp is located at a former secondary school, and even though they have cement-walled buildings (unlike the ones in Yola), it is far from optimal. The family members coordinating the affairs of the camp are pictured with some of our staff as they received relief items.

Our founders made two more trips to Yola, to check the affairs of things at the camps, in addition to donating of relief materials. “Over the mountains, and through thick and thin straw-thatched buildings” EDUCATION MUST and WILL CONTINUE!!!

Coming back to where it all started, there was a pleasant reunion of the 10 escaped Chibok schoolgirls who have been relocated to the United States. Summer just started and these girls are excited for their first “barbecue-season” in the land of the free. They recently took ESL exams and it will please you to know that they are all making significant academic progress… more to come later.

Thank you for accompanying us on this ride… hang tight for the next one.

 

EMCI and FWC donating relief materials
EMCI and FWC donating relief materials
Donating items to unaccompanied minors with assistance from NEMA (1)
Donating items to unaccompanied minors with assistance from NEMA (1)
Donating items to unaccompanied minors with assistance from NEMA
Donating items to unaccompanied minors with assistance from NEMA
EMCI and FWC donating items to unaccompanied minors
EMCI and FWC donating items to unaccompanied minors
Donating items to unaccompanied minors
Donating items to unaccompanied minors
EMCI and FWC donating items to unaccompanied minors (2)
EMCI and FWC donating items to unaccompanied minors (1)
EMCI and FWC donating items to unaccompanied minors (1)
EMCI and FWC donating items to unaccompanied minors (2)
EMCI representative preparing gifts for some of the children
EMCI representative preparing gifts for some of the children
staff room for the teachers at the refugee schools
staff room for the teachers at the refugee schools
Dispersing funds to teachers at the refugee schools
Dispersing funds to teachers at the refugee schools
Prayers being said at staff room for the teachers at the refugee schools
Prayers being said at staff room for the teachers at the refugee schools
One at a time... receiving their gifts
One at a time… receiving their gifts
Children queuing up for their gift items
Children queuing up for their gift items
Lots and lots of kids. No kidding!
Lots and lots of kids. No kidding!
SOOOO many kids
SOOOO many kids
Lots and lots of kids... Seriously... No kidding!
Lots and lots of kids… Seriously… No kidding!
We have a winner!!!
We have a winner!!!
EMCI staff going through items received from the EU mission to Nigeria
EMCI staff going through items received from the EU mission to Nigeria
EMCI staff going through items received from the EU mission to Nigeria (1)
EMCI staff going through items received from the EU mission to Nigeria (1)
EMCI staff going through items received from the EU mission to Nigeria (2)
EMCI staff going through items received from the EU mission to Nigeria (2)
EMCI Donating Items to Stephanos IDP camp at Bukuru Jos
EMCI Donating Items to Stephanos IDP camp at Bukuru Jos
EMCI Donating Items to Stephanos IDP camp at Bukuru Jos (1)
EMCI Donating Items to Stephanos IDP camp at Bukuru Jos (1)
Smiles from some of the IDPs at Stephanos Camp  at Bukuru, Jos
Smiles from some of the IDPs at Stephanos Camp at Bukuru, Jos
EMCI Donating Items to Stephanos IDP camp at Bukuru Jos (2)
EMCI Donating Items to Stephanos IDP camp at Bukuru Jos (2)
EMCI founders with the coordinators of the Stephanos IDP camp at Bukuru, Jos
EMCI founders with the coordinators of the Stephanos IDP camp at Bukuru, Jos
Cross section of Parents at the meting with two of EMCI board members. And children excited about the visit. (2)
Cross section of Parents at the meting with two of EMCI board members. And children excited about the visit. (1)
Cross section of parents meeting 2 EMCI board members (6)
Cross section of parents meeting 2 EMCI board members (2)
Cross section of parents meeting 2 EMCI board members (2)
Cross section of parents meeting 2 EMCI board members (3)
Pose with Sambisa escapees (1)
Pose with Sambisa escapees (1)
Cross section of parents meeting 2 EMCI board members (5)
Cross section of parents meeting 2 EMCI board members (5)
"Accommodation"
“Accommodation”
A newborn in one the camps in Yola. Let's pray she grows to live in a society better than the one she was born into...
A newborn in one the camps in Yola. Let’s pray she grows to live in a society better than the one she was born into…
Reunion of the 10 today (1)
Reunion of the 10 today (1)
Reunion of the 10 today‏
Reunion of the 10 today‏
Girls taking exams today‏ with one of our American volunteers assisting
Girls taking exams today‏ with one of our American volunteers assisting

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