This is where “the past meets the future” for the needy child.  
       
 
 

Life in rural Africa is an uphill struggle for nearly everyone, particularly for a child; it is hardest for those children who are orphans or disadvantaged. Though, some are talented, their talents are often not developed. Many parents in Garram wish to educate their children but are unable to afford the fees.

While these costs may seem low, by developed country standards, they are often enough to keep girls out of school, or from any training opportunity. As a result, when a family is forced to choose between educating a girl or a boy, it is always the girl that will be left at home. Many disadvantaged children have no one to pay for him or her to be educated.

The educational facilities in Garram Community declined in the mid 1970’s as a result of the Government take-over of all Christian and community schools, especially in the Northern part of Nigeria; it was hoped that this would give rise to improved facilities. This, however, did not materialize. The Nigerian Government declared “Free Education for all children” Theoretically this is still the position but practically it is not so in terms of the out- put and product of the schools. Furthermore only few institutions offer free tuition to the physically handicapped and disabled.

A few concerned people met in November 1994 to discuss the possibility of establishing a school for the benefit of GARRAM COMMUNITY and environs with the following primary concerns:

1. To provide free education for the less privileged children- orphans and the disabled,
2. To raise the standard of education of the Garram Community and its environs,
3. To prepare the children qualitatively for admissions into secondary school and later post-secondary institutions in Nigeria, and
4. To provide for staff stability: this was to motivate staff posted to Garram to accept the posting and stay, so that the education of the children is adequately catered for.

Since then the scope of the School has increased: To bring hope to the poor, most neglected, helpless and disadvantaged children and to improve on the conditions of the 12,000 people of Garram Community, through programs in four areas: -

  • Education: To offer the disadvantaged a life-long education,
  • Health care: To make basic (and possibly advanced) health care available to those who need it,
  • Community services: To introduce programs and facilities that will meet the essential needs of the people in the community and its environs.
  • Human welfare: To meet the needs of the disadvantaged.

The School played a compassionate role and centre for refugees (Internally Displaced Persons) returning to the Garram Community village from the bloody Ethno-Religious conflicts that occurred in Plateau State between 2001-2004, which later led to the declaration of a state of emergency in the State, and more recently , the November 28th 2008 riots which broke out after the Local Government elections.

The School received its initial grants from The Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, Inc. and the School‘s medical clinic was established using funds donated by U-Assist SAS Sweden, Harold and Winifred Swanton Foundation (USA) and the Canadian High Commission in Nigeria. Since then a number of other organizations have assisted us.


 
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