OUR COMMUNITIES: RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA
Rivers State, also known simply as Rivers, is one of the 36 states of Nigeria. With a population of 5.2 million, it is the sixth-most populous state in the country and boasts a vast reserve of natural resources including crude oil and natural gas. Despite its wealth in resources, this region is marked with extreme disparities in access to health and education. The poorest communities are also still trying to recover from the effects of massive oil spills in 2008-2009, which contaminated and destroyed local fisheries and water sources.
OUR PARTNER: BEBOR MODEL NURSERY & PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Bebor Model Nursery and Primary School (BMNPS) was founded in the rural village of Bodo City in 1995 as a response to the failure of the Nigerian government to maintain viable primary schools in the region. Dr. Scott Pegg, his wife Tijen, the International Friends Committee of BMNPS, and support from Timmy Global Health has helped the community-based schools to expand. Today the program operates six school buildings, has helped construct latrines and procure a generator, established a student scholarship program, and is currently piloting a deworming and immunization program. Click here to learn more.
From the field in Nigeria:
Nigeria Health Program Updates by Scott Pegg Bebor Model Nursery & Primary School, one of Timmy’s international partners, has schools…
Bariala: The face of Timmy’s work in Bodo by Scott Pegg Whenever Matt MacGregor, Timmy’s executive director, comes to speak…
By:Â Scott Pegg, Bebor Project Liaison,Â firstname.lastname@example.org Although it initially started as a project focused largely on bringing the benefits of primary…