Senior Secondary Education

$2,470 of $4,200 goal

Raised by 35 people in 17 days
In October 2018, I visited a shelter and education home in Kano, Nigeria, where I met children who have lost their parents to the conflict with Boko Haram. Some of them have lost their entire families. 

These children found a place of safety and an opportunity for education thanks to Fiona Lovatt, who established this home and 4 other similar homes in Nigeria where up to 200 children without parental care live.  

In Nigeria where more than 100,000 children live on the street, where about 10.5 million of the country's children aged 5-14 years are not in school, and where there is no effective child protection system,  places like the one I visited in Kano are crucial to ensure a kid's safety and an opportunity for education. 

This year, 14 of children from the homes will be able attend the secondary formal education system. And, my dream is to make sure they can afford to do so.

Is costs approximately $300 per year for a child in Nigeria to attend secondary school (including school fees, transportation cost, uniforms, shoes, textbooks, food, and school utilities) and I hope that together we can send several children to school. 

This is our chance to act upon, "What can I do?" 

This is also my birthday wish. I will be 35 on June 29, and instead of taking me out for brunch or dinner or getting me a gift, please help me fulfill my birthday wish to send these children to school. 

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Woohoo!! How amazing is this? A friend just donated the $23 we missed!!! Now, we have officially fundraised enough to send 8 kids to school this fall
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Wow! I honestly cannot believe we have raised $2,377 so far, only $23 away from securing the funds for the eight child. We are also 7 days away from when I will iA finally see the kids & celebrate my 35th with them. The way we plan to celebrate is still a secret - keep tuned :D.

Thank you all for your support - you have inspired me beyond what words can explain and made me so incredibly grateful.

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Dear friends,

This morning, I initiated transfer to Fiona of the funds we have raised so far. Here is the breakdown by GoFund:

Total raised online:$2,227.00
Total fees:($73.88)Transaction (2.9% + 0.30):($73.88)
Remaining total:$2,153.12

As promised, I will cover the cost of the fees to make sure all the $2,227 will go to the education of the kids.

We will keep the campaign running, with the hope to raise more money to send all kids to school. As I have mentioned earlier, a Bosnian charity is willing to cover for the remaining children, but I am hopeful we can raise at least for one more child (we are $173 away from doing so).

Some other good news are that, after being denied twice, I finally got my visa to travel to Nigeria on Thursday. And, I cannot wait to send you direct testimonies from the kids once I am there.

Thank you once again for all your support and trust with this campaign.

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Dear friends, THANK YOU so much! We have raised together enough money to send 7 children to school this fall. Our goal is to raise enough to send all 14 kids to school and we have a few months left to September to do so.

Please share and tell people about this initiative. You can always speak with Fiona Lovatt directly and check out her work here: www.Lovatt Foundation .Org.

Fiona moved to Nigeria in 2011 and since 2015, she has established 5 homes in northeast Nigeria for children who have lost parents in the conflict with Boko Haram. She is not one of the foreigners who has traveled to a country, did some charity work and left. Fiona lives in Nigeria and is doing so much for these kids. I heard first about her and the kids first from my friend Hannah Höchner who spent a year living in Kano. Last year, in October, I visited them and met dozens of children who would otherwise be on the street (currently, up to 100,000 children in Nigeria live on streets) if it wasn't for Fiona's efforts.

14 of children from the homes that Fiona has established are ready to get enrolled in secondary school in Nigeria, which costs approximately $300 per year per a child (transport, textbooks, schools fees included) and my goal is to raise enough money to send all these kids to school.

So many of you have supported this initiative by donating and sharing, and please continue to do so. Every amount makes a difference, and if you cannot donate, perhaps you know someone who can.

And a disclaimer, this has nothing to do with my work at HRW.
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