Our big annual fundraiser has finally been announced and will be held At Jubilee Club ( Slyne Rd, Morecambe LA4 6NZ ) on Friday 29th of September.
There will be FREE FOOD, both African and international, live music, a DJ, a big tombola, raffle and lot of fun.
The ticket is just £7 and children enter for free. All the money will go to finance Martha Academy, the newly opened school where the new year is about to start for more than 100 children, as well as to sponsor the building of our secondary school.
Please, email [email protected] for more information.
GETTING READY FOR THE NEW YEAR
Term 3 of the first year at Martha's academy has terminated in an absolute success. We gave free education to more than 100 children who all completed their year with excellent results. We also had the first Nursery graduation, celebrating children going from Nursery to Primary school.
Our teachers, Debora, Onypupilmaechi, Lilian and Chinaza are still working over summer to prepare pupils for the new year that is about to start the coming September. This menas that more students will join the Academy and that we are one year closer to our self-imposed goal: building the secondary school for those who will finish Primary school in 2020.
Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Article 26
The above Article is what leads us, we embrace the United Nation global goals for creating a better and fairer future for everyone in the world.
Education is the key to unlocking the true potential of children in Nigeria. It can alleviate poverty, disease and suffering. Despite the importance of Education, many countries throughout the developing world have large populations who remain uneducated and get trapped in the vicious cycle of simply trying to survive and put food on the table.
A United Nations report stated that only 27% of children in Nigeria who are of Secondary School age, are currently enrolled in Secondary Schools. The cost of school fees, books and uniforms are major factors of such low attendance rates. With 84% of the population living on less than $2 per day, paying for their children to go to school instead of putting food on the table is simply out of the question.
At M.A.R.T.H.A. we realise the importance of giving children hope for the future through education. The divisions between the rich and poor and correspondingly between the educated and illiterate in Nigeria is very pronounced. Privileged Nigerians receive excellent education up to third level while a vast number of Nigerians only receive basic primary school education and up to 32% have never attended school. As a result illiteracy rates are very high. This prevents young adults from securing a better payed job and eixting the loop of poverty.
If we can realise the dream of Martha Okoro and raise funds to build a school for children within the community she lived in all her life, then we will help those children have a better future and break the chains which hold them to a life of poverty and suffering. Please try and help in any way you can and let's realise those dreams.
 Unicef.org. (2017). UNICEF Nigeria - The children - Education. [online] Available at: https://www.unicef.org/nigeria/children_1937.html [Accessed 30 Aug. 2017].