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Tudun Wada, Nigeria, Country no. 47
"We have 1500 students, but only 3 classrooms and 3 teachers, so the kids are split in two groups and can only go to school half of the day." - The principal
This is Tudun Wada secondary school. Unfortunately, the principal's statement is 100% true. There are over 200 kids per classroom, and their benches and tables are mostly broken. The school does not get much help from the government due to corruption. The kids are studying economics here, but they realize their economy cannot and will not support their higher education or a sustainable and profitable way of life. Most of them end up getting low paying blue collar jobs that pay only $19,000 naira ($50 usd) per month, only enough to buy a bag of rice. They have knowledge and intellect, but it ends up going to waste.
After equipping the village with a borehole and well for clean water last week, we are now raising money to help them renew their facilities. This is our initial meeting (partial video in my IG stories). I told them that tomorrow we will be having a Facetime, and Facebook Live, with my school, Annandale High School, near Washington D.C. We'll establish one on one pen pals for future correspondence and possible exchange programs to help them acquire the education and opportunities they deserve. We will also be fundraising at my school and via social media to build their school for them, and for future generations. I asked them to formulate questions for the kids in America, and for myself. So far they've been shy, but they will definitely have some wise inquiries tomorrow.
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