February 2017

This video provides the basic overview. There are more details that we've typed below, for those who are interested.

Jillian's Education:

Her first choice right now is Cedarville, University. They have an excellent nursing program and their culture seems like a good fit. We know some families whose children have attended Cedarville and they give us good feedback.

 

The challenge right now is finances. Through financial aid, we've knocked it down to $12,000 out-of-pocket per year. There is another pending scholarship that could be up to $5,000. Jill just got her SAT scores back with 1410 (out of 1600). Not bad, huh? This qualified her for some scholarships. But she was still just 10 points shy of another $2000/yr scholarship.

 

There are more scholarships available for the nursing program, but they are only offered after the first year of school is completed.

 

She is also considering Emmaus (where Hannah attended) and Southeastern.

 

Our Relocation:

We have a friend who normally resides in the capital city, Abuja. And he has an empty house nearby where he is willing to let us stay temporarily until we can find a permanent place. He has indicated that we can stay there as long as necessary. This change is not detrimental to our family by all means. But it does add some extra stress and anxiety for our family.

 

Our search for a permanent place hasn't been promising. We are in a rural, African community, so our options are limited. Most of the ones we liked, didn't have access to water. They also lacked trees for shade. And it gets really hot here between March and May. Or there was no area for the children to play. One had horrible termite problems where even the foundation was sinking and the walls were cracking.

 

The Puppy:

We've had a difficult time agreeing on a name. We are asking for your advice. If you have an idea, please either post it on our guestbook, Facebook, or simply reply to the email that was sent out.

 

We would prefer a name that exhibits strength. It is a pet, but it is also a guard. It might sound mean, but we want others to be a little intimidated by this dog. We'd like to choose a name that communicates a little bit of healthy fear.

 

Accreditation (through partnership with another school):

We certainly don't want the emphasis of our students to be on getting a certificate. But we are also convinced that the education we provide is oftentimes better than what students receive in a university and they should be rewarded.

 

The educational system here is broken in so many facets that it can't be explained in a brief newsletter. But we believe that if we can at least provide a pathway into a university, we can help a lot of students. With our current level of financial support and staff, it is unrealistic for us to provide a full degree.

 

If this works, it would solve one of the biggest catastrophes in this region. Anybody in the older generations of this community will attest to the growing problem of idleness in the youth. Most of our students have graduated from secondary school and are unemployed, living with their parents, with little hope of getting into a university.

 

Some necessary adjustments will be required of us. Up to now, the academic classes have been fairly informal. This will require a significant portion of time and resources over the next 6 months. And we hope not to veer too far from our other priorities.