GGO Newsletter - Fall 2011
10/28/2011 7:47 AM
Welcome to the first newsletter!
We hope this will be of great help in keeping up on the news of the Greater Grace Orphanage, Isanlu , Nigeria. For you to even visit this page you must have some interest in orphans and their care.
Teach a Man to Fish fundraiser banquet
Join us for a Nigerian meal and a presentation of the Orphanage.
Saturday, November 5 6:30 p.m.
Shawnee Hills Baptist Church
3490 Jasper Road
Jamestown, OH 45335
Since the children have moved into their new facility, their spirits have been encouraged and their bodies have been suffering. At the new location water can be retrieved from a shallow well as long it is the rainy season, but when the rain dries up, so does the well. Water has been trucked in from a local lake and the children have contracted Cholera and Typhoid. Some were hospitalized but all are home now. Water filters have been purchased and are to be used as a stop gap until a new proper water system can be installed. There has been some monies sent to pay for the water system, but timing of the well drilling is critical. The new well must be sunk during the dry season, that way the orphanage will be assured water all year long. The dry season will be in its full swing in March so even if the money was all available today, they could not begin work until then.
The water system is the top priority but next is the ability to raise food. Our goal is to purchase two used tractors and ship them to the orphanage to be used to raise food and cash crops. With just some simple equipment, the estimate is that the orphanage can sustain itself and have extra to sell. Black-eyed peas, rice, eggplant (called garden egg in Nigeria) are just some of the foods which could be raised. Raising snails for cash, goats for meat and a fish pond are all in the works as well. Of course this all required time and resources.
Some of the children sleeping at their old house