Get Prince E. Okereke to College

$6,393 of $11,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 47 months
In 2008 my mother went to Nigeria on a mission trip to the village of Ututu Amokofia. While there, she met a young man by the name of Prince Edward Okereke. My mother described him as both kind and intelligent. Shortly after that trip Prince friended me on Facebook and we have been friends ever since.

Several years ago Prince told me of his desire to get a college education. He explained that it is difficult to get a job in Nigeria and that a foreign education is highly desirable to employers.  Prince is not looking for a handout, he's looking for a hand-up. A chance to make something better for himself.


As it turns out, it's not as easy as it used to be to come to the "west," to get an education. Since 9/11 the Department of Homeland Security, and other organizations in other countries have started to require that college students have 100% of the funds necessary to pay for tuition, room, board, etc. before they can start school. For instance, our local community college is relatively inexpensive, but even they require an international students to have almost $22,000 in their bank account before they can attend.   So the United States and many other countries aren't an option. Prince has tried the U.S. and he's tried Germany, but he couldn't get to either one. That's when he applied to Tallin University in Estonia, which is part of the European Union and is situated north of Poland just south of Finland and he was accepted. The only issue was that he could only raise a small portion of the money to go....so back to the beginning. That's where all of you come in.

If I can get 100 people to commit to getting five people to donate $20 or more I think we can get there.  He is trying to start college in the fall of 2016, but needs to pay his tuition by March.  I will provide the difference up to $1,500.  

You may be asking, "What happens if we don't raise enough?" There is no time limit on the campaign, so we could keep it going for another year if need be, otherwise he could seek his education in Nigeria, but that's not nearly desirable. 

I don't want people to worry about misuse of the funds, that is why everything flows through me and does not go directly to Prince and that is why I only want people to donate $20...less than the cost to go to the movies, and that could change his life.

In Prince's words:

"My name is Prince Edward Okereke, I am a native of Amakofia Ututu,
Arochukwu LGA, abia State, Nigeria. I was born at Cameroon, where my mom came from. I grew up in the arms of my grandmama, whom is late last year August 2014. Life in the village is a nightmare. Because my
family really have to struggle for survival especially my granny, to make sure we eat, cloth and get some Medical attention.
In other words, the majority of the villagers can't afford western education, due to poverty and lack. I stayed for so long at home before going to school because my family cant afford it. I was so lucky to met with Pastor George Lockhart, during his Missionary visit
in my village and he took great care of my educational needs by providing tuition, housing and other educational needs. Pastor George, is the president of Vision2Hear (vision2hear.com) and he lives in
Georgia USA.

It as always being a hard time for me to visit my mom faraway Cameroon, because me and my grandmama cant afford the trip to her home country. So it really take many years to set my eyes on my real Mom.
Nevertheless, I am so grateful to Mr. Shannon Flippin, who sponsored my trip to visit my mom in November 2011. Nice trip, but sad moment to experienced and see that my Mom lived in a slumb area. That is
absolutely the kind of life I face with hardship and poverty.

My dream and desire is to study abroad to be a better person in my generation, to care for my family and to those that experience same hardship, poverty and less-privilege. I hope my dreams are fulfil. In spite of the hard-times, I am so grateful to Pastor George
Lockhart, Shannon Flippin, Lynn Norris and Kay Lares, etal, for their contribution and prayers to ensure my dreams and future plans are achieved. God bless you all."

You may be worried that your donation won't go to good use, but here is the plan:

1. Create a budget
2. Create a revenue campaign
3. Prince reapplies to the university
4. Prince will apply for a Temporary Residence Permit for Estonia
**This can be done at the Belgian Embassy in Nigeria since Estonia does not have one there.
5. Provide proof of finances (gofundme campaign)
6. Apply for housing
7. Fly to Estonia
8. Begin school and get required health insurance
9. International students can work while there...so get a job.

Budget for the first year:
Tuition: $3,700
Housing: $2,100 ($175 a month)
Food: $2,400 ($200 a month)
Fees: $200
Health Ins. $1,200
Airfare: $1,200
Cothes: $300
________
$11,100

Budget for 2nd and 3rd Year
Tuition: $3,700
Housing: $2,100 ($175 a month)
Food: $2,400 ($200 a month)
_________
$8,200


What can Prince Earn?  $2.59 Minumum wage or about $415 per month (about $5,000 per year).  So he will continue to need help for years 2 and 3.   If we can pay for his first year, he should be able to begin earning for his 2nd and third year during his first year.  He will still need extra support, which I will help to provide.

Thanks and God Bless!
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I wanted to update everyone on Prince's plight. We have tried many avenues to get him to college outside of Nigeria. Your money has allowed him to get a Chromebook in order to practice using a computer, which is a critical skill for him to take the Test of English Language Fluency (twice). It has paid for the travel from his village and the expenses that go along with that in order to take the test. We have run into many roadblocks, not to mention the fact that people from Nigeria are often excluded from traveling to certain countries, including the US. We have applied to the US Visa Lottery, which isn't free. After all this time we have experienced mainly frustration.

At this point Prince wants to move from his village, get a job, and attempt college inside Nigeria, but not even that is a guarantee. Many of you graciously donated for him to attend college, but we are not there yet. Since moving and getting a job (and maybe college) is not what you agreed to when you donated, please let me know if you'd like your money back. Just message me you're name, address, and the amount you donated and I will send it back. However, if you are okay with him using it in the fashion I just mentioned you need not do anything...and thanks so much. The GoFundMe page is still open, so if you do not recall what you donated please let me know.

Thank You,

Shannon and Prince
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We are approaching $6,000 dollars with our latest donations. Thank you Cole Lares for your donation.
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I wanted to give everyone an update on where we are for Prince. Currently we have $3499.50 in hand. Prince has a promise of $1,500 from a friend in Nigeria, and we may have up to a $1,000 grant if we can reach the rest of our goal (which would mean getting to $10,100. Part of the money we have in hand does not show up in GoFundMe because it is in my account and I am trying to use it to leverage more funds in the form of matching donations. I have $1,600 to match any other donations until that money is gone. So if you give a dollar, your donation will really be $2. I'm not sure how long this will take, but we have made real progress! Thank you to everyone that has helped.
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I have made contact with a number of you that have agreed to getting donations. Both Prince and I really appreciate your support. I will be great to see donations start to pour in. Next step, getting my Rotary Club involved!
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Raised by 61 people in 47 months
Created June 27, 2015
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DM
$100
David Marino
38 months ago

Donations from myself and friends at USANA Health Sciences.

LF
$100
Lori Flippin
39 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks honey!

AM
$100
Allynn Maciag
39 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks so much Allynn. We are getting a lot closer because of people like you.

WM
$200
Wendy Meyers
40 months ago
CL
$50
Cole Lares
40 months ago
DL
$100
Danielle Lares
40 months ago
CB
$100
Carey Bastian
40 months ago (Offline Donation)

Thanks a lot Bastians!

TS
$200
Tom and Denette Scott
40 months ago
GR
$250
George Rajan
40 months ago (Offline Donation)

Can't wait for our Tennessee golf trip George!

JH
$30
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40 months ago
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