Support for Tafawa Balewa

Date: 19 Sep 2016

Venue: Nigeria

Presentation Brothers College Cork has combined with the Teachers Union of Ireland and a Scottish volunteer fundraiser resident in Dublin to successfully raise €5,500 to install a water supply at a large Presentation Brothers secondary school in Nigeria.

Katie Hendrick, originally from Cardross, Helensburgh, on the Firth of Clyde, is Student Welfare Officer at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire.  Since 2014 she has raised funds through a series of events in Ireland and Scotland to sink a new borehole/tubewell to provide badly-needed clean water at the Presentation Brothers Secondary School in Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State in northern Nigeria.  The school, in a poor urban area serving a wide underdeveloped rural region, has over 300 girls and boys enrolled, aged 12 to 18.

PBC in Cork City raises funds for Presentation Brothers work in the developing countries through Preslink, a Transition Year pupil/teacher/parent body, through sport events, bag-packs, etc.  The school has an enrolment of 600 boys, many of whom in recent years have visited our schools in West Africa to see Third World conditions for themselves.

Katie Hendrick submitted an application to the Third World Development Fund of the Teachers Union of Ireland in support of the borehole project, which responded with a €1,000 contribution.  She arranged a bag-pack at the Tesco Supermarket in Dun Laoghaire with raised €330; requested project donations instead of birthday presents; worked weekends at “Number 72”, a non-profit social enterprise in Dun Laoghaire providing furniture up-cycling work for the long-term unemployed; organised raffles and tombola events in Dun Laoghaire and on the island of Mull; and persuaded her nieces and nephews in Scotland to arrange a bottle tombola there.  These activities raised more than 3,000.

The clean water provided at Tafawa Balewa will be used for drinking, cooking and washing.  Additional to the Nigerian secondary curriculum, it teaches practical skills such as horticulture, agriculture, metalwork, woodwork and computers, with focused activities in Education of the Girl Child.  This northern Nigerian region suffers from ethnic conflict and the school, which is open to pupils of all religions, engages in Christian-Muslim dialogue activities.