COB | Orphans of Northern Nigeria  –  An Update

This continues the series about Northern Nigeria, inspired by the work of the Lovatt Foundation .Org, which provides homes and education for children — mostly orphans — who have been displaced in the civil war there and by the work of journalist and humanitarian Jack Vince. By Marian Evans The civil war in North Eastern Nigeria isn’t over. Jack Vince reported yesterday that Magumeri, 50km from the Lovatt Foundation’s first home for orphans in Maiduguri (the capital of Borno state), has been torched in its entirety by the terrorists generally ...

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COB | The Story So Far

With the help of about 50 supporters we have rented a three-bedroom house in suburban Maiduguri, Borno state's capital. Two teachers and a nanny have been employed. They helped us select the children. All the residents, adults and children, come from the same local government area. We ended up with more boys than girls. Boys' vulnerability is hidden in the headlines: 94% of the displaced people I've met in Kano are women and children. Boys past puberty have been shot and abducted in vast numbers so some smaller ones have refuge in our COB house. A garden has been ...

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COB: Nine Weeks In

Thirty children are now settled in the three bedroom bungalow we have been able to lease. The first year's rent has been paid. All basic household items have been purchased and in the process we tried to support local craftsmen and artisans as much as possible. Our staff have been appointed from among the Displaced People.   I met Umar, our head teacher as I searched for suitable property during my visit to Maiduguri in late May. He escorted me through a few days as I spoke of the vision and the needs we wanted to satisfy: privacy, security, at least one tree ...

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Emergency Care for IDP’s in Kano

Northern Nigeria is experiencing great hardship, not a famine, not a natural disaster, but many years insecurity have given free rein to the outlaws and bandits of Boko Haram. Escalations in violence mean that more than 1.2 million internally displaced people are seeking refuge across the nation ...

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Mothers Alive – The story so far

 $180 US can save the lives of 70 mothers - vital equipment for a rural midwife Back in 2013, the BBC documentary The Edge of Joy alerted me to the horrifying statistics regarding maternal mortality. It also introduced me to the life-wrap or NASG (Non-pneumatic Anti-shock Garment) that could grant women an additional 24 hours to get attention if they suffered from the unpredictable reality of postpartum haemorrhage. I began fundraising while I was in on a break in Aotearoa New Zealand. I contacted Meg Wirth at Maternova in the USA. The price seemed immensely affordable ...

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Children of Borno

Why is it urgent for COB – Children of Borno to find homes for orphaned children of Borno, in northern Nigeria? It's urgent because continuing Boko Haram violence has  killed many people there and displaced about 1.5 million more. It's necessary to find home for orphans because there are many ...

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Let’s Teach

Visitors to Gidan Almajirai include a steady flow of people who come with specific learning goals in mind. Their questions become the core of what is delivered in pro bono tutorials.

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Gidan Almajirai – House of Scholars

On the old trade routes at the southern edge of the Sahara, literacy has been alive for at least one thousand years. In that tradition young male children were sent to study with a teacher. The education they received had several dimensions. Book learning was just one factor. The almajirai learned ...

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