Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa
1 out of every 4 Africans is Nigerian
- Nigeria will be the 3rd most populous nation in the world behind only India and China by 2050
- Nigeria can be a light to the nations of the continent
- The violence and difficulty in country makes it an extremely unpopular place to work
- We can continue to see violent extremists trained there or we can raise up a generation of hope
In our time in country, we have seen the great need for educational resources. The students in Nigeria are hungry for books. One book can change a person’s life and shape the worldview of a generation. Not only do we want to provide resources, but we want to provide the right resources to provide the ethical foundation of a society.
In 2011, we were able to provide to students nearly 5,000 USB thumb drives loaded with 9 books, 21 articles, 12 hours of video and 8 hours of audio. Without the vision of one of our board members, we would have been hard-pressed to bring even a dozen books in country, but with the thumb drives, we were able to provide the equivalent of nearly 45,000 books.
In 2012, we hope to use the technology of e-readers to expand on the work of 2011 by targeting key next-generation leaders with volumes of resources.
We have access to students in Nigeria and we believe the greatest hope for change is with this next generation. Abraham Lincoln once said: "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."
We want to to impact the next generation of policy makers, businessmen, teachers, husbands, and wives to see true life change and a Nigeria that is filled with peace. Nigeria has the natural and human resources that can be used as a beacon to all of Africa to improve the lives and futures of its people.
While we are engaged in Education and Leadership development, we have not forgotten our call to show compassion. We are working with an Orphanage where there is a great need for physical resources, hygene education, and love.
We also are building a strategic partnership with a leper colony where great opportunities exist to help the least among us. Our time spent there has impacted us so that it is a focus for our ongoing work.