KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL

In Kano, as in the rest of Nigeria, there are both government funded and private schools. Conditions in most government funded schools are extremely poor; there may be 80 or 90 children in a class and standards of teaching are very low. School fees are low but families have to pay an average of $30 for books and uniform which is beyond the capacity of many of the poorest families. Many if not most children will leave government schools without knowing how to read and write or speak a word of English. Only the very brightest will succeed in any way.

Children in Zaifat School.

Hajiya Ahmed, colleagues and pupils with Anjali Hathiramani at Zenith International School

 

GMF is funded exclusively by donations from individuals and local fundraising events. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors Gatan Marayu Foundation is currently supporting close to 200 children in 10 different schools in Kano. 

Schools Currently Working with GMF

SCHOOL

NUMBER OF STUDENTS

WAMY International School

42

Hamdallah School

17

Cedar Presidential School

19

Fuddiya School

2

Ahmadiyya College

7

Farmland School

40

Zenith International School

27

Zaifat Group of Schools

3

Golden Crown School

Abu Nusaiba School                                                                                 

4

4

Government Schools

6

Higher Institutions

2

TOTAL:

173

In addition to helping school orphans, GMF provides support to children and their families in a variety of ways. Most of this aid is undertaken on a case by case basis. Some students have been sponsored by GMF to continue their tertiary education in institutions such as BUK and Kano Polytechnic. In other situations, GMF has enabled students in need to take their JAMB, WAEC and NECO exams. Frequently GMF purchases uniforms and books or distributes those donated to the children in schools. Sometimes disaster strikes a family and GMF steps in with emergency aid to alleviate problems caused by fire, floods or even the simple need for basic furniture such as a mattress.

FEATURED SCHOOLS

 

KEEPING KIDS IN SCHOOL

In Kano, as in the rest of Nigeria, there are both government funded and private schools. Conditions in most government funded schools are extremely poor; there may be 80 or 90 children in a class and standards of teaching are very low. School fees are low but families have to pay an average of $30 for books and uniform which is beyond the capacity of many of the poorest families. Many if not most children will leave government schools without knowing how to read and write or speak a word of English. Only the very brightest will succeed in any way.

Children in Zaifat School.

Hajiya Ahmed, colleagues and pupils with Anjali Hathiramani at Zenith International School

 

GMF is funded exclusively by donations from individuals and local fundraising events. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors Gatan Marayu Foundation is currently supporting close to 200 children in 10 different schools in Kano. 

Schools Currently Working with GMF

SCHOOL

NUMBER OF STUDENTS

WAMY International School

42

Hamdallah School

17

Cedar Presidential School

19

Fuddiya School

2

Ahmadiyya College

7

Farmland School

40

Zenith International School

27

Zaifat Group of Schools

3

Golden Crown School

Abu Nusaiba School                                                                                 

4

4

Government Schools

6

Higher Institutions

2

TOTAL:

173

In addition to helping school orphans, GMF provides support to children and their families in a variety of ways. Most of this aid is undertaken on a case by case basis. Some students have been sponsored by GMF to continue their tertiary education in institutions such as BUK and Kano Polytechnic. In other situations, GMF has enabled students in need to take their JAMB, WAEC and NECO exams. Frequently GMF purchases uniforms and books or distributes those donated to the children in schools. Sometimes disaster strikes a family and GMF steps in with emergency aid to alleviate problems caused by fire, floods or even the simple need for basic furniture such as a mattress.

FEATURED SCHOOLS

 

Farmland

 

 

GMF's Farmland kids.

Hajia Halima,teachers and students with Ina Zein at Farmland School

 

Farmland Nursery and Primary School is located in Kawo, near the bus stop. It opened in September 2005 and has currently 396 students in its nursery, primary and secondary sections.The principal of the school is Hajia Halima Abba, mother of 8 children and a dedicated caretaker of the school. Hajia Halima is what makes Farmland School so special; she is an active, highly respected member of her community who strives each day to give the children in her area a better future.

Hajia Halima was delighted to meet GMF and its scholarship plan in 2008.She has since helped 30 orphans in her area to attend her school through sponsorship with GMF. Over 15 widows in Kawo have joined our Training or Trading programs and are being closely monitored by Hajia Halima.

 

Hassan's Story

Hassan Jibrin, a boy of 7 years lives with his aunt, Fatima and grandmother, Salamatu in a small room in Kawo. His mother and twin brother Hussein died four years ago and the boy was left in the care of his paternal aunt and grandmother. The father had travelled to the village and was never seen again. The small family managed to live through the help of Salamatu's oldest son, who sadly died in 2009.

Hassan Jibrin holding his gift.

Hassan Jibrin, proudly holding his bag

After the son’s death the Aunt Fatima has stepped in to provide for the family; she makes and sells jewelry. Salamatu's biggest wish was to send Hassan to school. In 2010 she met GMF and is now able to send her grandson to a private school through the help of a kind overseas sponsor. Every morning Hassan is dropped off to school by his caring and devoted grandmother carrying his school lunch in a small plastic bag. When he received a small second-hand schoolbag he was so proud and now felt equal to all the other children in his class. Although, his sponsors live in Germany they manage to send clothes, shoes and stationary to Hassan, making him feel valued and important.  

Hassan Jibrin,proud to be in school.

 

 

 

"The day Hassan went to private school was the happiest day of my life”, says the grandmother Salamatu.

 

 

 

 

 

  Hassan Jibrin at School 

 

The GMF students of Farmland School have made up a pledge to GMF and  a special song, Maraba da Gatan Marayu for their kind sponsors which can also be listened to on YouTube along with other songs.

 

 

 

 

Khadija Rabiu's Story

Khadija Rabiu is now 13 years old. Her father died of cancer 4 years ago leaving 2 wives and 7 young children. He was a teacher of Islam and well respected in the community. When he first became sick, he sold his bike to pay for his treatment. When he got sicker, the community supported his family with a sack of rice.

Khadija,grandmother and siblings.

Khadija (right) with her grandmother and siblings

Even after he died Farmland School let his children continue their education for free for a year. Khadija and her brothers have been sponsored by GMF since 2009. That year Khadija’s mother, Binta, became very sick. She died of cancer in May 2010. Khadija and her 4 siblings are now being cared for by her grandmother who is involved in a GMF small businessa program. Khadija had been a very good student but since the death of her father, and now her mother, her school work has suffered. GMF worked with the family and the school to help her improve her work. Happily, Khadija was promoted to Farmland's Achiever's College JS1 in September 2011 and acheived 3rd position in her class despite the difficulties in her life.

Cedar

Principal and students of Cedar school.

Cedar Presidential School is one of our most cooperative schools. The principal, Mr. Solomon, is very dedicated to his school and students. He always wants to give the best and has generously given his share of help towards the orphans in the form of greatly discounted school fees. The principal has also offered GMF the use of Cedar’s classrooms on Saturdays for teachers' training courses.

His school is one of the best private schools in Kano, providing good education and care to its students. It’s really a pleasure working with him.

 

 

 

Mr. Solomon with his students at Cedar Presedential Schooi 

   

Khadija’s Story 

Khadija is a 4 year old girl. At the age of two,she was found lost in Badawa Streets by the proprietress of Yeda Training Centre. As we were dealing with Yeda Centre for training our widows in sewing, we were asked by Hajia Khadija, the proprietress to help this lost little girl. At the time she was found, she didn't know how to speak and couldn't explain anything to anyone. So after looking for a long time for the parents Hajia gave her a name and took responsibility for raising this orphaned girl. GMF were so touched by such generosity of heart that we decided to also help Khadija by educating her. Since then she has been attending Hamdallah school and she is doing great.

Khadija,the orphan girl.

 Little Khadija at Hamdallah School

 

Maryam’s Children

We first met the widow Maryam Suleiman and her 5 children in 2009. The family's two middle children Suleiman (13) and Zubeida (15) had been withdrawn from the private Zaifat International School in Dakata and had been placed into government secondary school. The youngest son, Omaru (10) was still at Zaifat school in primary school...... After the death of the father a family friend had paid for all children to complete their primary years in Zaifat.

The widow Maryam and her children.

Maryam's older children holding up the newly made soap

 

The father had always been a very honest, hardworking man who believed in the importance of giving his children a good education. He had laid a solid foundation for his children before his death.

We recognized real enthusiasm and determination in these children and after looking at their previous academic success in the school we were happy to take them into our scholarship- program. We found sponsors to take on the children and place them back into Zaifat (secondary) school.

Zubeida, Suleiman and Omaru are all high achievers in school.Suleiman has been coming top in his class and with the grace of God his future will be promising.

The family have faced challenging health and mental issues in the last two years but with the immediate help of the school, GMF and members of the community the problems were addressed and are taken care of.

 

W.A.M.Y.

GMF's WAMY kids and principal.

Mr. Hisham Mohammed, a teacher and students with Rasha Ghaddar at WAMY International School

 

The World Assembly of Muslim Youths [WAMY] is an Organization for the catering of Muslim needs worldwide. It was established in 2006 .The relationship between W.A.M.Y International School in Kano and Gatan Marayu Foundation started in January 2009. One of our first sponsored families was attending this school.

Gatan Marayu chose W.A.M.Y for its reputation in promoting and teaching both western and Islamic education. We started with 3 students in 2009, and currently we have 35 students in both primary and secondary sections in Wamy School, Kano.

The headmaster, Mr. Hisham Mohamed is very cooperative and helpful. He appreciates our work and supports us by offering help (and considerable discounts for orphans) on many occasions. We are proud to have a strong relationship with such a wonderful school that offers excellent education to our families.

 

Bara’atu’s Story

Baraatu

A decent education is a rare privilege for poor girls in northern Nigeria. Bara’atu Hamza Mohamed had to leave school because her father (80 years old) couldn’t afford to pay her fees anymore. The school contacted Gatan Marayu to help her. 

After meeting up with the family, and discussing her situation with the school teachers, who informed us that Bara’atu is a bright girl who skipped two classes due to her intelligence, Gatan Marayu found that it was a case where we should break our rules and take a non-orphan student.   

Bara’atu is now in JSS2. Her academic results are very promising and her attitude towards learning is an excellent example to other students. She is happy and proud of what she has achieved with the help of Allah and Gatan Marayu. 

 

  

Fatima’s Children

Fatima Maalam Shuaibu was a widow, who worked as a janitor in Wamy International School. She had big dreams for her children. Although she was from a very poor background, she managed to learn English and run an afternoon business by herself to secure a decent life for her children.

Fatima and her children.

Fatima and three of her children at WAMY School

 

Four of her children joined the Gatan Marayu Foundation during the academic year 2009-2010. Sadly they lost their mother in the summer of 2010. The children had to move and live with their uncle and his 8 children. Their mother’s loss had a great impact on their performance in school. We intervened and offered financial help to the uncle’s family to alleviate problems that he was facing with 12 children. His wife joined our training program. Food is given on a daily basis to Fatima’s children in school, and emotional support was provided. After spending three years in our system, the kids are now doing well in school and Gatan Marayu is committed to fulfilling their mother’s dream.

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