Aboye school opened October 2005. By January all the kids could count to 100 in french and knew the alphabet. There are now three classes the oldest of which will be our first graduating class (from elementary) next year. We hope to start a scholarship program that allows the top two students to continue at the boarding school in Ingall.
The students at left are studying from their notebooks. There french was better than mine.
On a Nomad Adventures Humanitarian tour in 2006, the Brian family brought this soccer ball to Aboye. It is still in use today at left, Feb. 2010
Finished for the school year of 2008 with 42 students.
During our medical mission in Feb. 2010 we visited all our schools and the doctors checked the students. They found them to be in much better general health than those who do not attend school. We left them medical chests and vitamins.
The school of Imalole has had a challenging year, last year there were 35 students. This year, 2010, only seven. The pasture is so meager near the school that the parents cannot keep their herds near enough for their kids to walk to school. To encourage the parents to stay, we started a cash for work program to help them survive the dry season starting March and pay them to create earth dams to retain water and prolong the life of the nearby pasture. Results of this method are usually visible in one season, so perhaps next year, the kids will be able to stay in school.
After visiting Niger on a Nomad Adventures humanitarian tour, Jill at left decided to adopt Imalole. She found funds to repair the damaged school which had been built by the government and never opened. It opened after repairs were complete in 2007.
The school at Tedbouk was opened in 2007 by an enterprising chief. We have supported it for two years and now the government has built a permanent structure for them. We have also started an adult literacy program.
Opened April 2006
Ehalgene had been closed due to lack of funds. We reopened it in 2006.
Girka School opened 2000, our first school,
it is now supported by another NGO.
Parents, when they are able, are required to contribute a goat or sheep to the school hered to help feed the children and cover costs
School visit to Aboye with Sidi, Jill and Marla in February 2006. They were starting addition and subtraction. None of these children had ever been to school before.
|Sports are important for the good health of the students and are a part of all our school programs. For children without television they are also great entertainment. This program was aided by the Brian family who brought soccer balls.
|Bathing and laundry are a weekly event for the schools.