The Ladies were invited from Mr. and Mrs. Benedict to join the yearly Sports Meeting.
We were warmly welcomed by these gentleman and found out that they were mascots for the 4 teams.
Berger Ladies sponsored the trophies:
After a looooong opening ceremony with performances from different tribes….
…the sports activities started.
And all had a lot of fun.
Once a year we go to Bema School and bring little presents or some fruit to the children. Last year it was cookies and an apple for each of the children.
They were happy and proud!
We are also supporting the Bema School in 2018. The first 2 small projects are already finished:
A new outdoor chilling area, where the children can read a book in the shade or perform a song or do some role play.
Second project is the renovation of a smaller school building. It got new paint inside and outside and new suspended ceilings.
Happy children say “Thank you!!
It happened finally at the end of last year. Raining season had ended and the school building got a new painting,
We were very happy to get white paint for free from the manufacturer. So we only had to take care for the coloured paints. We found another company to sent us a painter for the labour. After only 2 weeks the school building shone in calourful blue and white and the classrooms in brilliant yellow.
At our last visit in the Bema School Mr. Benedict told us, that he got many new pupils this year. He thinks it comes from the new colouring, because no other school nearby looks so nice and need.
We were able to pay a visit to the BEMA School just before the beginning of the summer holidays and bring some small gifts for the children as well as for the teachers.
Apples and biscuits for the students and rice for the staff.
During our visit we were also able to examine the new safety shutters which will hopefully prevent theft of school supplies in future. We had made this a condition for further donations for classroom materials and also funded them.
This is Idris Sakari, he has been a student at the Bema School since February 2017. He is 26 years old and belongs to the Foulani tribe; they live as seminomads in wide parts of Nigeria. His village is close to the school.
His greatest desire was to learn how to read and write and we gladly found a sponsor for him who pays his school fees.
Idris is a very good student. At our last visit in May he showed us his exercise books and very proudly read to us.
He really enjoys school, he is always the first in the morning and has not missed school for a single day.
The teachers are very satisfied with his progress.
It was on this occasion that the Bema School agreed to start a particular school class for adults.
Apparently news spread quickly and a young Foulani girl appeared in the classroom, also with the wish to visit the school.
Shafa Atu is 19 years old and speaks Hausa. Her first task will be to learn English with the help of the teacher and her classmate.
The formalities were completed promptly, a sponsor was easily found, the teacher welcomed her at Bema School and presented her with an exercise book and pencils.
We would love to give more children and adults the opportunity to visit a school and are grateful for any donations.