This is the Francis and Ada Nmeribe family. All three of their children have been attending Brigham Young University over the past few years. Their son is a senior studying business, and their daughters are a junior studying for law school and a freshman studying medicine. They have all shown tremendous promise toward completing their degrees. But the economic difficulties associated with COVID have hit their family hard. Nigerian currency is weak, and finding enough work to keep their education funded has been difficult. Francis and Ada wanted their children to have a proper education, so they have scrimped and sacrificed for years to fund it. Under normal circumstances, the children have been able to work to help with tuition. But these are not normal times. The real estate market has constricted, leaving Francis and Ada few options for raising tuition money. Our goal is to offset some tuition costs until they get through the next semester (Fall 2020)--then the family can have the time they need to raise enough funds to pay for the following semester.
When I (Russell Stevenson) contracted malaria in Nigeria in 2018, Francis and Ada kept in touch with my family and helped me with trips to the hospital. When a dear friend visited Nigeria the following year, he provided the security detail. Francis, Ada and their family are, in every way, personal friends and representatives of the very best Nigeria has to offer. Francis and Ada are close friends, and I vouch for their characters.
- Chris VanDam
- Joseph Bennion
- Kayna Stout
- Aaron Nelson