The team leaves in 6 days. There is a mass amount of scrambling on everyone’s part to do last minute things before the trip.
The majority of these things are coming down to find every last penny we can to help cover re-opening costs of the Aine Adaeze Home and then maintain costs as children come to live in it.
After a last Board meeting before the trip, some numbers were crunched and a budget looked at.
We are going to be looking at $4000-$5000 a month for running/living costs of the home. This is based on the numbers of 6 six children, 3 staff and two security living in the home. The amount for the first couple months will be higher as there are start-up costs involved. Also, we have specific one-time items that will need to be purchased if anyone is interested in knowing what they are and taking them on for us.
As the budget becomes more clear, I will post more accurate numbers in a break down for everyone to see.
At this point we are looking for individuals, families, farms, companies, businesses, bands, ect. to come together and ‘Buy’ us a month to keep going. We are also asking if people can commit to at least $1 a day ($30 per month) and support us that way.
We have Auto-debit forms where you can commit to biweekly or once a month for a year, or Paypal on the Donate page for different one-off amounts.
PLEASE contact us ASAP if you can help before we leave, or use the Donate Page.
Tickets have been purchased and the team leaves beautiful Vancouver on July 3rd. Currently visa paperwork for two members of the team is being worked through, and both new shots and updated shots for everyone are being done. AHHH needles.
There has been so much work done both by TWCF here in preparation to leave, as well as by our staff on the ground in Nigeria. We are overwhelmed with excitement for our return to the current site in Abia State, to finish fixing it up and readying it for re-opening. This will consist of wiring for light (generator/NAPA power), plumbing to fix leaking sinks and toilets so at least they drain (there is no running water), cleaning the compound, concrete work in the compound, fixing the rooms and setting them up, building bunk beds and shelves, ect. The list goes on. Catherine and I, in conjunction with some knowledgeable others, are working on documents to accurately asses top priority OVC (orphans and vulnerable children) in our area to begin taking them in.
Hey Everyone. We are getting super excited as time is drawing near for our July trip. We have officially put together a team of 6 people which is wonderful. There are three individuals coming to down to have a look at what we are doing as well as help in some of the initial start up projects that will be happening over the summer. We are so encouraged this was laid on their hearts to come and be a part of this great adventure. They are in the process of getting their shots and visa applications done, ouch!!! So… the July team is set. If there is anyone who has been thinking of coming in the future, pray, we would love to see you there!
Just to let you all know we have gone viral on the web… well started too anyway. One of our amazing support staff Chelsea has been working very hard and got us up on Facebook as well as Instagram! So please go an find us on there! Like us, share, comment, and spread the word. We are very excited about this. Hopefully we can get tons of likes and followers. We will soon get some widget buttons for Instagram and Facebook on here for you to link to it directly. Also twitter may be coming around the corner :)
So the March two week trip was very successful. It was long, tiring, frustrating, hilarious, but overall very successful!
There were six of us who went down, Steve and Catherine, Darren, Dale, Norm and myself. It was a great experience to have three people with us who have only heard us talk about Nigeria for years, and now finally have seen it with their own eyes. While they had been supporters of what we do, they now fully understand WHY we are doing it.
Our stay consisted of a few days in the capital city of Abuja upon entering and exiting the country, with the majority of our time spent in the village, Amaba (Isuikwauto -Abia State) where our current operation site is located.
During our two weeks there we met many important people in the Federal, Regional, and Local governments. It is apparent from the support and backing we have received now from these people that our many years of toil has not been in vain. It is our persistence through the many odds we have faced, that spoke volumes to these important people.
We were provided with four armed guards, a driver and vehicle from the Country’s Director of Security Services and his next in command where we are located the Director of Abia State Security. These guards lived and travelled with us during our entire stay in Abia State. We have been promised full security by the government when we are present in the country.
We also were able to legally establish our Foundation as a registered NGO in Nigeria. This is a very big deal as it takes mass amounts of time and money, and we met an amazing lawyer who took on our Foundation and did all of this for us.
We were told about the stats of vulnerable and orphaned children in our immediate area and how we will be able to assess and begin taking children in to our present site, when we return.
We were told that there will be several plots of land for us to look at when we arrive back in Nigeria, and that we may take our choice of the land and it will be given (deeded over) to the Foundation, for us to begin our building phases.
There are many more things, and some of them will come up as I try and keep you all update as too what is happening in the next two months. But overall, those are some of the big things that happened, and we are very excited to return and get started once again (this time with big support from the country we are trying to serve!)
Well, it is apparent I am a bad blogger.
I was going to write an update on how our March trip went and time has gotten away from me. I also realized that I cannot write a blog and pre-date it. So with that said, I will not pretend to write a blog about events of the trip as though they just happened. Rather I will tell you now that is was super successful, I will write a separate post with a quick summary, and I will try and become a better blogger!