We're renovating a primary school in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.
Peace and Blessings! The Karonmajigi Primary School Renovation Project addresses the transformation of the Karonmajigi Primary School from its present broken and run down condition to a school that is welcoming, conducive, and encouraging for all young primary school students in the Karonmajigi community of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria.
The school was the first school created on the Airport Road axis in Abuja, FCT almost 40 years ago and thus is a historic emblem of education in the nation's capital; it serves a diverse population of Abuja indigenes, the Gbagiya and Gwandara people, migrants to Abuja from across Nigeria, and communities of disabled and internally displaced peoples most recently fleeing the conflict in Northeastern Nigeria (Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states). The community is a low-income community in need of more education and social development infrastructure.
In March of 2016, the OKE Love, Peace, and Light Foundation teamed up with private individuals, and the Embassy of Switzerland in Nigeria/Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation to address the lack of water and sanitation facilities in the school, collapsing ceilings, dilapidated floors, presence of a community dumpsite on the school premises, and rundown appearance of the school buildings, plus overcrowded and ill equipped classrooms. Prior to the project, there were no functional toilets or even running water facilities at the school, and students often approached the school through the multiyear dumpsite.
Thus far, over the course of 2016, we have completed the clean up of the waste site, construction of toilet facilities, creation of a borehole for clean water, and started ceiling and floor work on classrooms. We raised over 10,000 dollars in a combination of grants and private support to get started and make progress; however, in order to complete the renovation, we need help to finish ceiling, floor, door and window work, electrification for lights, computers, and fans, and the final repainting of the buildings. This school serves 600 students who have been struggling in overcrowded and poorly equipped classrooms and a difficult school environment generally. The OKE Love, Peace, and Light Foundation, community of Karonmajigi, people of the FCT, and citizens of Nigeria are forever thankful and humbled by any support anyone offers to further the human development and well being of Nigeria's children.