save the CHILDREN OF BORNO (COB)

$8,875 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 42 months
Tens of thousands of orphaned children from new born to young adults are the innocent by-products of the recent devastation caused by Boko Haram.
We could look at the random headlines and ask, "What can I do?"
There is something we can do that WILL make a difference,  we can send our loose change to make a genuine change to a vunerable childs life.
We realise that we can not save every child, but we can help 24 and maybe 24 more after that.
Fiona Lovatt, a New Zealander, has been in Kano, Northern Nigeria since 2011. She needs help to raise $5000 Australian dollars to rent a suitable property where the most vulnerable children can be raised in a family environment with live-in teachers, chooks and gardens.
I met Fiona 35 years ago when she was my teacher, now she teaches and cares for those underprivelaged and the most needy in a voluntary capacity.  She has collegues on the ground in Borno.
Over the years I have supported and helped Fiona where I can, today I cannot do this alone and I ask for you to join me in helping her on her quest to change lives of those displaced and orphaned.
Fiona has made a difference to many.  She is an inspiration and my role model.  
Our current goal is to raise funds to accommodate some of these unfortunate children in homes.  We require funds for rent, living, food and clothing so that the children will have a permanent home, they will become educated  and cared for long term.
Fiona has had many projects that have positively impacted and changed the lives of many.
Fiona is known for her amazing skills and life changing campaigns.  Fiona started BOOKS WITHOUT BORDERS New Zealand/Nigeria;  You can read about this campaign on the following link.  
Fiona is a passionate humanatarian, who is currently living in Kano, Nigeria.  Fiona is making a difference so please join with me in supporting her here from Australia.  Every donation no matter how small WILL make a huge difference to the lives of many.

Here is what your$AUD donation will do:

$3         Donation - Buys a Hen
$15      Donation - Buys a Goat
$30      Donation - Live in Teacher 1 Month Wages
$360   Donation - Live in Teacher 12 Months
$1.50  Donation - Buys 1 pair of Jandals
$15      Donation - Buys 1 set of Clothes
$200   Donation - Buys a Sewing Machine
$60      Donation - Gets a Phone for the house
$20      Donation - Phone Credit per Month
$20      Donation - Pays for Cook for 1 Month Wages
$30      Donation - Feeds one Child for 1 Month (basics)

Fiona has started a website for the link click below, Keep up with our news, blogs, photos and see people all over the world collectively assisting.  

http://lovattfoundation.org/
This is a world wide hand in humanatarian aid work which you can contribute to.
The more money we raise, the more homes we can get and the more displaced orphaned children we can care for. 
This is a Private NGO organisation called COB - Children of Borno, I am the Australian NGO Fundraising Director.

Books without Boarders started by Fiona information.
http://www.nzine.co.nz/features/borderless_books.html?Rcat=Community&Tcat=People_Making_Changes




http://lovattfoundation.org/




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The Children of Borno in COB1 have entered their third year of study. They are in glowing good health, in gardens they will soon harvest, bonded as a huge and loving family unit, and racing through the curriculum with fantastic teachers and caregivers. None of this is possible without the support of all our donors. $30/month/child and these see the outcomes possible inside the Red Zone, in the theatre of sorrows.
www.lovattfoundation.org #lovattfn
Look how smart our cherubs have become.
Focused on their studies outside
COB 1 - Looking healthy & happy :-)
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Update June 2017: The Lovatt Foundation's first home COB Children of Borno (Home & Education for orphans) has been changing lives of children one at a time. We now have 5 homes in place. This is a fantastic achievement. Through small donations we have made a difference. These children have an amazing education and life and are thriving. We need to continue the momentum and support the homes so please share and if you can help in any way please let us know or send a small donation. Follow updates also on http://lovattfoundation.org/
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Home and Education all in One
Sunflowers & veges, learn & nourish
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Some updated Photos for our followers
The possibilities of Art and role play
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With the help of supporters we have rented a three-bedroom house in suburban Maiduguri, Borno state's capital.
Two teachers and a nanny have been employed. They helped us select the children. All the residents, adults and children, come from the same local government area. We ended up with more boys than girls. Boys' vulnerability is hidden in the headlines: 94% of the displaced people in Kano are women and children. Boys past puberty have been shot and abducted in vast numbers so some smaller ones have refuge in our COB house.
A garden has been planted. We have neem, mango, lemon, orange, banana and zogola trees. There are crops of peanuts, maize, tomatoes, onions and local delicacies that the children tend as part of their practical studies, balancing the theory with lessons in life.
There are chickens and a supply of eggs.
The children are reading and writing after two years, or more, without access to education.
Monthly running costs amount to N110k, about $550US, and this provides the basics.
We’d love to expand our library, provide more clothing and ensure that the diet is balanced, nutritious and prevents ill-health.
We’d love some solar panels.
There is probably a need for a further thousand homes of grace such as ours.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed time or money thus far and joined us in this dream.
The children are learning - beyond our expectations.
The children are smiling and thriving.
The children have hopes and dreams thanks to our supporters.
Please feel free to share.
Outdoor lessons in horticulture
Fiona with the children
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Shirley Al
2 months ago

The problem with many charities is that we don't know who is behind them. I can personally vouch for Fiona as a woman of great integrity who would starve before using other people's money. Her dedication while in New Zealand was amazing and since she has moved to Nigeria to devote her life to making a difference for so many, my respect and admiration for her has only increased. Shirley Rankin Whangarei, New Zealand

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Raised by 83 people in 42 months
Created February 28, 2015
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$40
H SM
1 month ago

Donation for the hospitalised nursing mum with paralysis. May Allah Ta'ala give her immediate respite. Please give her Salaam from me. May Allah Ta'ala reward you abundantly.

CL
$20
Chris Lawlor
1 month ago

Hi Kelly. This twenty bucks is toward the lady’s hospital bill that Fiona posted about on Facebook please? Thanks

$20
Chris Lawlor
1 month ago

Dallas Ferguson is down here in Adelaide with us for the school holidays. She is donating $20 which is half of her holidays pocket money. She asks ‘If there’s no more need for extra chickens please put this money where it’s most needed, but she does like buying chickens because they keep giving back.’ She says hi to the kids

CL
$50
Chris Lawlor
2 months ago

I think my little contributions are for an e-book thing I’ve been talking about with Fiona, Kelly. Can’t remember who Fiona said is putting it aside..Sure you’ll sort it. Cheers

$200
Anonymous
2 months ago
CL
$50
Chris Lawlor
2 months ago

Wherever it’s of most use thanks Kelly & Fiona

CL
$20
Chris Lawlor
5 months ago

It’s not a king’s ransom Kelly but hope it helps. I don’t have any pet project in mind. Just wherever it’s most needed. Cheers.

$200
Anonymous
6 months ago
CL
$20
Chris Lawlor
6 months ago

Things are tight. Sorry it’s only twenty bucks this time around xo

Shirley Al
2 months ago

The problem with many charities is that we don't know who is behind them. I can personally vouch for Fiona as a woman of great integrity who would starve before using other people's money. Her dedication while in New Zealand was amazing and since she has moved to Nigeria to devote her life to making a difference for so many, my respect and admiration for her has only increased. Shirley Rankin Whangarei, New Zealand

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