Build A School for Nigeria's Youth

***WITH MUCH GRATITUDE, WE HAVE RECEIVED A PRIVATE DONATION OF $50,550 THAT HAS ALLOWED US TO START CONSTRUCTION ON THE GIRLS' DORMITORY. We still need to raise funds for both buildings, so please consider donating today. Thank you!*** 7/13/19


Located in rural Oyubia Town, Oron, Akwa Ibum, Nigeria, the Christian Secondary Technical College (CSTC) is a private school funded entirely by donors for children ages 12 to 18 years old in the country. The school provides a boarding facility in a coeducational system that teaches a comprehensive curriculum with emphasis on technical and vocational skills. There are currently over 200 students with a need to accommodate more in the future. Some alumni have returned as teachers for the next generation. The campus features several classroom buildings built of brick, concrete and plaster, single-room dorms (one for girls and one for boys on separate sections of the campus), livestock and an inadequate administrative building. The campus is in need of a new girls dormitory and a new administrative complex that better serves the needs of the students and staff, and that better addresses the climate, the program and the future growth of education in Nigeria. 

This campaign addresses the challenge of providing a new learning complex (library, administrative offices and classrooms) and a new, 80-bed girls dormitory on the aging campus. Faced with a typical, outdated vernacular that causes more problems than provides solutions, the designs developed for CSTC harness local construction techniques and puts them together into a new visual vocabulary for a productive learning environment. The aim is to not only house the necessary programs that contribute to the community of the students, but to also emphasize the role of education and empower the students occupying the space. Both proposed buildings also utilize sustainable and energy-efficient building techniques that provide natural light, passive cooling and protection from the annual heavy rains.


The Girls' Cottage (dormitory) carefully organizes the beds, facilities, and gathering spaces in a method that allows for community and security for 80 female students. The circular forms house suites of multiple rooms, with four girls per room, and create a small, intimate study/gather space. Each suite includes shared bathroom facilities. Each room is designed to provide privacy for sleeping and areas for studying, and features a built-in bed, desk and closet to reduce the cost of long-term maintenance for the School. A matron’s suite is at the entry to the dormitory, along with a large community space for the varied needs of the young students. There are also (3) single rooms for female prefects in the center of the dormitory.   

This is the current dormitory for the female students, which is not adequate for privacy and effective youth development:


The Learning Center was conceived with a simple and light wood structure that houses two brick volumes holding the various programs: a 315m² Library, (6) Staff Offices, (1) Principal’s Office, (9) Classrooms, (1) Computer Center and Restrooms. The double-height entrance atrium is a covered, outdoor area to read, study, meet and hold events – a multi-functional space that will provide community, shelter and pride for the School. It features built-in seating for gatherings, large and small. The library is a circular volume with brick patterning which allows for natural light and ventilation. Contrasting that is the two-story block of classrooms, offices and lecture halls. The entire complex is elevated from the ground plain to deter flooding.  

Girls' Cottage                                                     $   50,000            
*This includes all materials and labor for the building, the site work and the built-in furnishings.
Learning Center                                               $ 225,000            
*This includes all materials and labor for the building and the site work.
Contingency (8%)                                            $   22,000            
*This contingency is to assist in covering unexpected building costs, such as increases in material costs or unforeseen site conditions.
Overhead Expenses                                      $      2,550            
*These expenses include the cost of on-site project management to ensure the buildings are constructed with high quality in accordance with the plans, to manage the budget and to oversee issue resolution. This also includes processing fees and international transfer fees.
SubTotal:                                                              $ 299,550       
Less Private Donations:                             ($    50,550)
Total Budget Needed:                                 $ 249,000    

*Any funds raised above the budget will be used to purchase new computers, desks, chairs, books and/or audio/visual equipment for the new Library, Classrooms, Lecture Halls and Administrative Offices within the Learning Center. 


Thank you for taking the time to learn about this exciting and much-needed project. If you are able to donate in any amount, please do so through this GoFundMe page. Your tax-deductible donations will go to the School's supporting IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Church of Christ Hollywood, which will directly disperse these funds to CSTC specifically for this project. You will receive a receipt of your donation for your taxes.  If you are able to share this campaign with your friends, family and neighbors, then we invite you to please do so. Thank you for your support.  


Thank you to Dr. Eno Otoyo for his vision and dedication to CSTC, and for all his diligent efforts to provide these facilities for the students and staff. Thank you also to Relativity Architects for donating the architectural design and to Jeremy Fields Real Estate for organizing this campaign.

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Relativity Architects 
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Church of Christ in Hollywood 
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