save the CHILDREN OF BORNO (COB)
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.
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.
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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.
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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