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Vicki Marsha Uniforms: Long-distance assistance How does a California school uniform supplier help children in war-ravaged Nigeria? By tapping into its surplus inventory — and the power of global connections. Last year, Elizabeth Cologne was flipping through a copy of...

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Chibok Students

Almost 300 young women were kidnapped by Boko Haram from Chibok, Borno state in northeastern Nigeria in April 2014. 58 of those young women escaped their captors. 23 of those who escaped are now back in school at the American University of Nigeria. Thanks to hundreds...

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Huntington Beach Community News – March 2016

HUNTINGTON BEACH…A Huntington Beach company is donating surplus school uniforms for use by children in a violence-wracked region of Nigeria. Elizabeth Cologne, the sister of one of the owners of Vicki Marsha Uniforms, a wholesaler of school uniforms, said she...

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Vicki Marsha Uniforms: Long-distance assistance

How does a California school uniform supplier help children in war-ravaged Nigeria? By tapping into its surplus inventory — and the power of global connections. Last year, Elizabeth Cologne was flipping through a copy of Smithsonian magazine when she came across a...

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US Donations Blog

The Feed and Read program in Yola, Nigeria is a cause that has spread from American University of Nigeria (AUN), to Conover + Gould Strategy Group that organizes international aide, to San Francisco, California. This is a group of organizations and individuals working to give hope to the innocent children of war torn Nigeria for their future as individuals and as a society.

Since the beginning of the extremist activities of Boko Haram, girls have been kidnapped, schools have been destroyed and 1.5 million people have been internally displaced. The loss of schools and the teachers who have fled has exacerbated already low literacy rates by the number of displaced children separated from their families or orphaned. This loss of education that the extremists are targeting is what the AUN describes as threatening “Nigeria’s best hope”.

The American University of Nigeria in the highly effected city of Yola is working alongside local communities and religious groups to directly address issues of education, food and shelter for these children. Their foundation (AUNF) has established the Feed and Read program which provides a daily meal and literacy and numeracy education. While taking care of basic daily needs, Feed and Read also operates with the broad social goal of preventing an entire generation from having a life of poverty, poor health, extremism, violence and violation of rights. The program serves an average 120 students per day with the goal of 500 children a day.

The AUNF has also established a program they call Feed and Read for Girls. This is very important as their literacy rates are shockingly low at 20%. This program has the long term goal of providing English and math classes, housing and one meal a day to 500 girls and by 2019 to be serving 2,000.
These children will receive intensive basic education so that they can proceed to formal school, skills training or Quranic School, having become functionally literate. These programs operate almost entirely from donations. Donations of money as well as goods are accepted. While money is always the most practical given the remoteness of the area a good Samaritan in San Francisco has found a way to donate much needed materials to the effort.

In March of 2016, San Francisco business owner Elizabeth Cologne joined the AUNF and Conover + Gould in their mission to provide needed items to the children of Feed and Read. Moved by the compassion of AUNF and their dedicated president, Dr. Margee Ensign, she teamed up with her brother, Tim Cologne, to provide school uniforms and other needed clothing. Tim’s business, Vicki Marsha Uniforms amassed one ton of school uniforms to send to the children in the program. The daunting task of shipping was generously provided by Fed Ex through the efforts of Conover + Gould.

Since this incredible experience, Elizabeth Cologne has been inspired to include more donors in this effort to inspire hope and peace for these unfortunate, innocent victims. Fed Ex has agreed to send another shipment and this opportunity could make an enormous difference. Instead of donating money to a cause to be mysteriously dispersed, you can know exactly what they received because it is a physical donation of needed items. Please consider donating what you can to these efforts and make a true difference for Nigeria’s future.

US Donations to Schoolchildren

US Firms Donate To AUN’s Feed And Read Programme For Girls By Winifred Ogbebo — Apr 7, 2016 3:37 am | Leave a comment The Feed  and  Read  ProgramME  for Girls, a literacy scheme of the American University  of  Nigeria (AUN) for disadvantaged young girls in the...

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