Rivers State, Nigeria
Timmy has helped Bebor schools to expand to six buildings, construct community latrines, procure a generator, and establish a scholarship program for students most in need.
The Bebor Model Nursery and Primary School (BMNPS) was founded in the rural village of Bodo City, Rivers State, Nigeria in 1995 as a response to the failure of the Nigerian government to maintain viable primary schools in the region. What began as a class of four students and one teacher housed in St. Andrew’s Anglican Church in Bodo City has grown to include over 1,000 students on two campuses. When the number of pupils swelled to more than 200 in year 2000, a grant from the Canadian consulate in Lagos, Nigeria enabled it to begin construction on its first school building. The Canadian funding subsidized 80% of the construction costs, but was not sufficient to complete the entire building.
Scott Pegg, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at IUPUI (in Indianapolis), first visited the Niger Delta in April 2000 on a research trip and met officials from the school. By 2008, fundraising efforts by Dr. Pegg, his wife Tijen, the International Friends Committee of BMNPS, and support from Timmy Global Health has allowed the community-based schools to expand to six buildings, construct latrines, procure a generator, and establish a scholarship program for those students most in need.
Timmy continues to work alongside Dr. Pegg and his wife to support BMNPS, and is currently poised to expand the school’s health related interventions.