SKILLS ACQUISITION CENTER

In 2009 the terrorist organization Boko Haram began a reign of terror in northeast Nigeria that has resulted in the death of over 25,000 people and displaced more than 2.5 million people from their homeland. Our base of operations is in Gombe State, Nigeria, which borders the three states where Boko Haram carried out its scorched earth policy. More than 500,000 refugees have flooded in to Gombe state from these bordering states to the north and east.


The Skills Acquisition Center presently under construction will provide training in such life sustaining skills as Dry Season Farming, often referred to as Drip Irrigation Farming, as well as poultry and catfish production.


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A TIME FOR HEALING

Once the center is operational our first objective will be to train future trainers. These graduates will return to their homeland with the goal of not only practicing Dry Season Farming, but using their first efforts as a demonstration to teach others. We will also expand our well drilling operation into these areas to assure a dependable year round source of water.

 

Other skills taught at the center will include chicken and catfish farming, goat fattening, raising small animals like rabbits, as well as occupational skills such as sewing and soap making.


Once completed, we believe the center has the potential to be self-sustaining within two to three years. We have begun construction in faith with what funds we had available. The security wall around the complex is completed, a well has been drilled and above ground storage tanks have been installed. We need an additional $40,000 to complete the training facility and an additional $10,000 for an initial supply of Drip Kits and other start up supplies.