Make a guess: how many children go to school thanks to Adesuwa?
Thanks to the ever-growing number of sponsors and members Adesuwa can carry out a variety of meaningful projects.
All projects focus on Coker Village, approx. 100 km north of Lagos.
Education: School Sponsorships and the Tutor Program
Only through a school education can our children in Coker Village take their future into their own hands. That‘s why Adesuwa focuses on education, enabling:
School sponsorhips currently for 70 children who would normally not be able to attend school. Adesuwa sponsors provide school uniforms and sandals, school material and fees,
local school taxes and insurance contributions.
Project days on educational and social topics for over 400 children from the whole village. Topics include “Learning English with the Memory game“, “Eat healthy – feel healthy“, “My hygienic home “. These topics are further covered in school classes with material supplied by Adesuwa.
Project days for our children‘s parents on psycho-social topics.
Regular (twice monthly) visits to Coker Village by our social worker Esther who cultivates close contacts with children, parents and teachers to ensure that our children are making progress in school and to inform us and the sponsors about issues and special problems our children may be facing. In special cases Adesuwa can initiate measures to offer help above and beyond our educational activities.
The Tutor Program
When asked about the biggest challenge for our kids, the parents were unanimous: the English language is the biggest challenge.
Although the lessons are primarily conducted in the regional language, the aptitude test for secondary school is in English. Access to further education often fails due to this hurdle.
We therefore developed a Tutor Program for our schools:
- Every school receives two tutors, one for the older and one for the younger children.
- The tutors are young teachers or students with outstanding English knowledge and teaching expertise.
- The younger children learn basic English, whereas the older ones are prepared for their exams and the final aptitude test at the end of the fifth grade (the requirement for attending secondary school).
- Each learning group meets 2 – 3 times a week.
- Lesson attendance is monitored by Iyke, our coordinator in Coker Village, and Mr. Ojodu, our contact teacher.
Through Adesuwa our children benefit from
monthly visits by our nurse Lisbeth. She advises the parents on health issues, treats our children‘s illnesses and gives preventative care (e.g. de-worming).
supplies of “Medipacs“ containing basic medicine and health-care products .
project days for the whole village, including parents and children.
our special project day “Medical Outreach“ at Easter 2019 whereby
– 2 doctors and nurses carry out general medical examinations for 100 village children
– the children are tested for blood pressure, worms, diabetes and HIV infections
– if needed, the children are treated locally or referred to community doctors or non-profit organiztions for further consultation or treatment.
For medical emergencies Adesuwa has already provided immediate help.
In 2017 one of our children dislocated his arm. Without treatment it grew back crooked causing the boy continual pain. Because he was unable to write he fell behind in school.
Adesuwa financed hospital treatment leading to a full recovery. We have also helped with:
– burn injuries on the leg
– a middle-ear infection
– and others.
Clean Water for Coker Village
Only healthy children can go to school. Unfortunately the health of our children in Coker Village was negatively affected by contaminated drinking water.
The families get the water they use for drinking and washing from the nearby river – the sme river in which they bathe, wash their clothes and dispose of waste. Our children often became ill after drinking the water infested with bacteria and other residue.
That‘s why we initiated the project “Clean Water for Coker“ in 2016. To clean water quickly, easily and effectively, we supply all our families with “Aquatabs“. The families can treat a whole bucket of water with one tablet, which eliminates bacteria and residue.
At Easter in 2016 the families received trainings in the use of “Aquatabs“, a bucket for use at home and an initial supply of “Aquatabs“. They can now use the water for drinking, in the household and for hygienic uses.
Since then our social worker Esther and
our nurse Lisbeth ensure that the famlies continue to treat their water. During their regular visits they give advice on any questions the families may have.
The impact is overwhelming!
…60% fewer illnesses
…95% of the children are worm-free
…Over 90% of the children attend school regularly!
Activities in Nigeria – fast and flexible solutions
With their yearly visits to Coker Village our Adesuwa members in Germany aim to build bridges to Nigeria. They gain personal insights into our children‘s situations and talk personally with the children and their parents. Adesuwa is there! Esther und Lisbeth visit our children regularly and inform us quickly if an emergency has arisen. Adesuwa helps!
- 2015 verlor eins unserer Kinder seine Mutter. Somit war der Schulbesuch gefährdet, weil das Kind dann auf der Farm hätte arbeiten müssen. Adesuwa ermöglichte eine Ausbildung für die ältere Schwester, damit die Familie finanziell besser aufgestellt war.
In 2015 one of our children lost his mother. To support the family financially an Adesuwa member sponsored a tailoring apprenticeship for his older sister, so that the boy could continue his schooling.
In 2016 our nurse noticed that more and more children were missing from school due to illnesses incurred by drinking dirty water. Since then Adesuwa has provided “Aquatabs“ for the families – 65% fewer illnesses!
In 2016 Nigeria endured an economic crisis and our children were starting to suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Adesuwa organized food packages for the duration of the crisis.
In 2018 we decided to ensure sustainable clean water for the future. Adesuwa initiated afeasibility study and soil analyses for bore holes.
……To be continued!
Activities in Germany – boosting intercultural understanding
We at Adesuwa aim to build and strengthen understanding and appreciation between both cultures. Through various public events and newspaper articles we try to bring the country of Nigeria a little closer to Germany.
- Newsletters: All our friends and sponsors receive our Newsletter every 3 months. Not only does it contain information about our children and the goings-on in Coker Village, but also about important current events in Nigeria as well as links to interesting newspaper and magazine articles.
- Heinrich Heine High School: This school is one of our most important sponsors. To show our appreciation and to share information about Adesuwa and Nigeria we carry out many activities together:
o Info evenings for parents and school representatives
o Lessons for school classes on interesting and school-relevant topics
o Info stands during parent-teacher days and school fests
o Adesuwa‘s 10-year anniversary party with informative stands and fun activities
- Newspaper Articles in Oberhausen about our work and visits to Nigeria
- Theater plays on topics like intercultural understanding during city festivals in Oberhausen
- In Heidelberg Adesuwa is building relationships and cooperation with a second school. Activities to continue!