Nigeria Orphanage: New Classrooms Almost Complete

          Positive change: Our orphanage in Jos, Nigeria is now in its final construction stage as Block B classrooms are being completed. The new building consists of six classrooms and five WC’s. In America, we would call them restrooms but for most of the world they are “water closets” or WC’s.

            In the middle of construction, we decided on a change in design. The buildings construction being cement block would allow for a second floor. Rather than install a tin roof as the original design called for, we decided to use reinforced cement. This is a very common construction method in the Middle East and Africa and allows for expansion.

            By adding a cement roof, we are one step closer to adding a second story if needed. As our mission’s operation is expanding in the Jos area, this gives us the opportunity to either add additional classrooms or mission offices.

            Is the construction paid for? YES!

            My heartfelt thanks go out to every Religious Freedom Coalition supporter who helped to reach the goal of $41,000 to build the Block B classrooms.

            Gifts have now exceeded the $41,000 goal, which will allow us some new furnishings. (Off beat fact: the nick name for Jos is Tin City — but not because most of the roofs are tin. It’s because the Plateau Plain holds the world’s largest known tin deposits along with columbite and niobium. There are mining operations near the city. My favorite restaurant in Jos is the Tin City Café which is operated by a ministry.)

Watch as volunteers work together to assemble the new roof by carrying concrete up an unsteady ramp, bucket-by-bucket.

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