We got a new home for 30 kids!!!
Many pitfalls and turns along the way and here we have Gidan Salma for another 30 orphans to call "home".
We are taking this new step with the merest basics and a lot of good will.
So far we support:
34 Children in COB1
30 Children in COB3
28 Children in COB5
30 Children in COB 6 (the new home)
From COB 2&4 we had seen 17 widows and their 63 children become independent through 18 months of support and education!
Besides the kids, with these houses and 2 auto rickshaws, the Lovatt Foundation created positions for 28 ...
We appreciate all the people who join us, sharing what they love.
A photographer grants a gift of imagery, a cake-maker brings the cupcakes, the Children declare it is the sweetest thing they have ever eaten.
Our children had never had cake,
Some didn't know it was for eating...
And some didn't want to eat the beautiful decorations because they were so pretty!
After trying a few bites...
The children reckon that no human could eat four cupcakes :)
It is enough to eat one and remember it!
There are plays being made about these cakes at the house...
Little people learning big things... counting, balancing, sharing, staying calm and safe...
Most days, most minutes are filled with beauty and growth...
COB1 children are about to complete their first two years of formal education with us and we can all be proud of their progress. Math exercises are approached with zeal and accuracy by the older children who get expert tuition in their mother tongue. They then teach the smaller ones, one on one.
Besides regular subjects our children keep in touch with their heritage by learning from masters of various crafts and ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
$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 ...
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 ...
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.