Many thanks to all the Sponsors, Volunteers and Participants for supporting us at the first FUNd-rasing event.
Together we transformed our small gathering into a BIG success!!! We were able to send $2000 to the orphanages to support over 120 kids. It feels amazing to be able to help these kids in such a meaningful way.
At the Lovatt Foundation .Org they are mighty excited, imagining how many trees can go in while they still have rain, and how those trees will keep the children engaged in gardening even when the season changes the annual crops to dry stumble.
They have BIG plans for these funds and want to share their excitement and plans with all the supporters in the US:
(1) PERMACULTURE FOR KIDS: They had been in contact with a Nigerian friend who installs solar generators as his business. As his hobby he has a permaculture project going on at his home. He is willing to come to one of the orphanage homes in Kano and teach permaculture to the children and staff. He is also willing to add some cuttings of plants like grapes which are otherwise regarded as exotic in Northern Nigeria just because no one has seriously gotten into their cultivation. He will be doing that in November and from one house they expect the knowledge to spread to others.
(2) NURSERIES FOR KIDS: They have been thinking about using the money most efficiently for the greater good. The first of 5 orphan houses has a good water supply and its inhabitants are the most advanced in terms of having their own gardens, crops and orchards. They can host children from other houses for some workshops with experts, and develop some intensive nurseries of fruiting trees and vines, ready for next rainy season planting. COB1 in Maiduguri and COB5 in Kano would have the nurseries and the input of some special advisors who are experienced in permaculture and agronomy in the region.
(3) BEE KEEPING PROJECT FOR KIDS: Fiona, the founder of The Lovatt Foundation started a group on Facebook called BEES Nigeria. The local beekeepers have an excellent range of honeys that they collect using age-old methods. Through the network, she have found some traditional beekeepers who would help the children of COB5, Kano make a traditional hive and then help them with getting it populated and productive. Honey has massive health benefits and it is used medicinally. So this way the kids will expand into the bee keeping too! About $100 will go to the materials, tuition and support at one home and then hopefully they can expand that idea across the rest of the houses.
ALL these plans and ideas for the 5 orphanages will be funded with our first contribution of $2000!!!
How exciting!!! The money goes a long way for these kids and this is just the beginning.
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