Bring Our Girls Back-To-School

$2,287 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 20 people in 34 months
Johnny Scott
on behalf of Emmanuel Ogebe
 ALEXANDRIA, VA
In the past 11 months, 11 schoolgirls, most of whom are Chibok girls who escaped after abduction by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria, successfully enrolled in schools in the US.


CURRENT NEED

Recently we were excited to get an admission offer for two girls to go to university. We urgently need the amount of $25,000 each as living expenses and tuition for their partial scholarship. We need to raise this amount soon as schools are about to resume this month. We also need $24000 to support those who will be going back to high schools.

This is by far our most pressing need right now. Their families are now IDPs or MIA. 5 of the 10 girls lost family members in the Spring. One lost her dad in an IDP camp we moved him to after losing her mum in October as well.


VISION
The objective of our investments in these girls is two-fold:

A. The recovery of the 219 is uncertain. However the escaped girls can become living testaments to the good that came out of this horrid atrocity that sparked the global BringBackOurGirls campaign. By becoming successful, they can exemplify to the world the anti-thesis to Boko Haram's terrorist ideology.

B. The generational impact of the insurgency that has claimed 20,000 lives is unimaginable. Training them up to be professionals who can return and lift up their communities is a significant forward-looking human capital investment.

Read more about our local partners Education Must Continue Initiative http://emcinitiative.org/.
Mission Kitchen is partnering with EMC to HELP "BRING OUR GIRLS BACK TO SCHOOL". Please join us in raising $75,000 to support these 11 courageous young ladies.



Here are some news links:

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/6/12/boko-haram-robs-nigerian-children-of-education.html
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7078876
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30602386
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/30/traumatized-by-boko-haram-kidnapped-girls-fire-on-rescuers/
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Hello Everyone, We sure hope you all had a blessed Easter weekend celebrating the life, death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!

In this weeks news we have an update for you with an interview with one of the heroic girls who had the courage and strength from our lord to escape from the Boko haram Terrorist in Nigeria.

Please take a moment, click on or copy and paste the link and watch the interview!

Thank you again for your endless support in prayers and donations! God Bless
http://cnn.it/1SktjoT
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The Adventures of Dela - Part Three

Greetings from snow-bound DC. There is probably nothing that tames beltway bustle and bravado than a winter shutdown.

I thought to catch up with you on the adventures of Dela - the young courageous schoolgirl who leapt out of a truck to escape Boko Haram terrorists after her abduction with hundreds of her Chibok classmates. For 7 months, we have been trying to raise funds for her to go to college in America.

Well, Dela didn't go to college last week. Snow storms didn't let her. For a girl who didn't let the world's number one terror group intimidate her from continuing her education, it took a force of nature, one of the worst storms in recorded history, to keep her from school.

Yes, the good news is that the college kept the lights on for Dela while we tried to find funding. She is now enrolled while we charged her tuition on credit in hopes that a pledge we got to support her will come through.

Dela's school was attacked by Boko Haram in 2013. She moved to Chibok to continue school. Then came the mass abduction of April 2014. In September 2014 she came to continue high school in America. In January 2016, she is starting college. This is the third time she is going to school after being attacked by the terrorists. Each time is a counter offensive to the terrorists who still hold 219 of her friends out of school 650 days and counting...

For this courageous young lady, where an act of man couldn't stop her and where only an act of God (force majeure) could, we couldn't afford to allow lack of resources to keep her out of school. Please join us in ensuring Dela is fully funded for college.

Guess who went to school last month? Two of our girls got funding for college and started already. Zee's birthday was last week. She is the latest addition to our program. After she got her visa in September 2015, she didn't have a chance to go home and get her stuff because her city was surrounded by the terrorists. She literally left for the US while her home was on lockdown!

During our time in SnowGitmo she opened up and shared about the night her world changed.

Apparently she was the first to see Boko Haram's terrorists scale the fence of her family home with "big guns." ( she had never seen a gun in her life). A shot "perforated" her gate, says Zee, displaying her impressive diction.

I was stunned to learn that apart from seeing her pastor dad killed in front of her, she herself got a pellet in the head. it was a while before anyone realized and she finally had surgery to extract it. You could never tell what she's been through from her "sweet spirit" as my daughter describes it.

Kind doctors and dentists have volunteered to attend to our girls and Zee saw a dentist for the first time in her life! The good news is that Zee plans to be a doctor and I am fully confident she can achieve it! Incidentally, that was the desire of her father...

Her last memory of him is her mum desperately performing CPR on him as he gasped after the terrorists had pumped him with bullets. One day she hopes to succeed with others where her mum couldn't.

Zee still needs lodging for college, health insurance and books. While our gofundme campaign has not raised much, we are thankful to the foreign donors who came through for Zee's tuition. You can give at our gofundme page https://www.gofundme.com/rux936pg or contact us for details of our non-profit partner for tax-deductible donations.

This week, when the snow melted, Dela joined Zee in college.

Thank you to all who are helping.
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THE ADVENTURES OF DELA - PART TWO
I got the 3am phone call. Dela, the courageous Chibok schoolgirl who escaped from Boko Haram's clutches last year, had just lost her dad.

I last saw him last year when he and his wife came to welcome us at the airport in Abuja during a whistle stop. When Dela first heard about the chance to go to school, he had resisted saying his only daughter was going nowhere. The terrorists would have to snatch her from his very house! You see, Dela had been attacked by Boko Haram in two different schools back-to-back.

His son told him to be reasonable. "You can't keep her safe here. Even I am not safe. Ultimate protection comes from God but this is a great chance for her to be safe." Dad relented and let his daughter go.

His son's words could not have been more prophetic. Soon Dela's dad had to flee attacks by the insurgents. Her mum and brothers hid in the forest for several months. They cooked supper during the day so that their campfire did not tip off the terrorists of their location by night. To sleep, they cut up onions and spread in a circle on the ground and slept inside the ring. I asked mum why she did that. She said it was to keep away the snakes...

The airport reunion was great. Dela looked at me and her parents and our local partner. "Today is my happiest day. I have all my three fathers together!". She rarely displays emotion. I was thrilled to see the twinkle in her eyes - it was worth the quick trip to see the reunited family after her mother finally fled to join her dad as refugees inland...

When I called to console her in school, I said "I think God gave us the opportunity to see him once more because He knew dad would be going to meet him. The good thing is God has given you extra dads too."

When I wrote to you in September, we were trying to raise funds for her college and support for the other escaped girls we are helping. I had no idea I would become a father. Again. Dela's running mate during the abduction, has lost both parents since they came to the US last year. Four of our 12 girls have lost their parents prior. At least half have lost about 10 relatives in the past year. Usually, you become a father by birth not death...

We raised about 1.5% of our goal. Thanks to those who gave.


You can read more about our work with the under-reported humanitarian crisis in northern Nigeria here http://emcinitiative.org/wp/?p=252
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The Adventures of Dela; Part 1

A year ago today, I touched down, from an 11 hour flight with an escaped Chibok schoolgirl, in the US. This courageous teen had come a long way from the clutches of Boko Haram after abduction from school. She and her childhood friend had jumped of a moving truck. Said she, "I'd rather jump and die so my parents would have a corpse to bury than go with these people into the forest."

This moment of personal clarity and initiative saved her parents from being amongst the parents of 219 captive schoolgirls for whom sleep has been murdered for over 600 days now and some parents have even died from the daily misery of the "not knowing".

Her friend who jumped with her injured her legs. After a night limping through the forest, "Dela" didn't have the strength to keep calm and carry on much less carry someone else along. She came to a second painful decision point. She would have to leave her lifelong friend in the unfriendly forest to go in search of help. This was their only hope of survival!

Finally she found a shepherd but he was unwilling to help. "Just wait here for people from your town traveling for the weekly Farmers' Market Day today to help you," he advised.

Dela summoned all the energy left in her puny teenage frame and said to the older rugged nomad, "Sir, my townspeople saw the terrorists go in this direction. No one will be going to the market today. If you don't help us, no help is coming."

You can see why it is easy to love and admire the courage and profound wisdom of these young ladies thrust into a horror that sparked the #bringbackourgirls campaign. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/8/30/nigerias-chibok-girls-find-new-start-in-us.html

Last summer, Dela was admitted to college. She is the first of the 11 girls in our program to get this offer. As the new doting dad that I have become, I have mixed feelings about her going from high school to college. She survived Boko Haram and the dreaded Sambisa Forest. Is she ready for an American college?

Today I urge you to join me in raising the funds to help Dela get to college. She missed the start of the semester last fall but the college is willing to take her if we have the funds by the end of this month. I think this is a unique chance to help her achieve what the dream terrorists sought to deny her - an education. They armed themselves and broke into their campus to stop her education. You can click a linkfrom the comfort of your device and counter them in at least one teenager's life. http://m.washingtoninformer.com/news/2015/aug/18/rescued-chibok-girls-use-gofundmecom/?page=3

Let's be the town's people going to market to help her out today.

Thank you.
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Raised by 20 people in 34 months
Created August 6, 2015
Johnny Scott
on behalf of Emmanuel Ogebe
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Mindy Lewis
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Thank you for doing this important work.

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32 months ago

Nancy Erickson told us at Brooklyn Women's Chorus.

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Leah Knight
33 months ago

Would like to help more. Becky forwarded a letter to Mr. Ogebe via email from my daughter, Hannah.

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