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!
Christmas Holidays are over and all Ladies are back.
We were looking forward today to our visit in Hope Center and were surprised about so many new things to sell in a newly built shop.
They now sell coconut oil, dresses made of their nice batik fabrics, handbags with shoes fitting to it, aprons, eggs……
It is every time so interesting to see what new ideas Sister Victoria has.
Sister Brenda left in January and Sister Victoria took over. Again we were overwhelmed from the kindness and the warmth the teachers take care of the children.
When we came they were playing soccer all together.
and later we saw them baking cookies.
In the shop we found at the end this wonderful postcards.
Last year we were able to support the purchasing and installation of a brand new solar system at the MeCAHT Safehouse GLL.
The Safehouse could now be disconnected from NEPA, the national power supplier which is very expensive, has dangerous overloads at times and a very unstable network (Never Expect Power Always).
Their residents enjoy electricity at any time and the monthly running cost of the property could be reduced significant.
The Graduation Celebration 2018 took place again in July.
The new pupils were presented.
And they said “Good Bye” to the teenagers.
Every class had prepared a performance as a roll playing game, a fery tale, a dance or a song. A colourful spectacle.
And it is clear, that the families of the pupils joint the Celebration and looked forward to each performance.
We reported last time, that Sister Victoria is planing to build a pond for breading fish. Now it is ready and filled with plenty swimming animals.
This time we also took a look at the snails, that they are breading as well.
The teenagers were grating coconuts. Another great new idea how to take in cash.
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 happens from time to time, that Annegret has so many eggs from her chicken, that she can not sell all.
The priest, who also has a house on her compound takes care for refugees in a camp near Abuja. They are coming from the North and East of Nigeria, fleeing from Boko Haram.
He had the idea to deliver these eggs to the refugee camp.
We thought it was a great idea and bought the eggs.
Annegret and the priest took care that the eggs arrived there. And the eggs were accepted gladly.
Sorry for the bad quality, but we only got that photo.
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.
The residents at the MeCAHT Safehouse are currently learning how to bead. We have helped them to sell some of their produce and reinvested the earnings in new materials.
Beading skills will enable them to generate income for themselves in the future.
The necklaces that they are producing are sold to help with running cost of the safehouse such as for feeding, diesel for the generator, water and more.