FRIENDS OF NIGERIA
2005 Annual Report
Friends of Nigeria continues to implement its five goals:
1. to educate the American public about Nigeria,
2. to promote policies consistent with the Peace Corps experience,
3. to be the alumni association for Nigeria Peace Corps Volunteers,
4. to promote continued service to the Nigerian people,
5. to keep members informed about events in Nigeria.
· The award-winning Friends of Nigeria Newsletter continued under the editorship of Andy Philpot. The four issues included a total of 64 pages -- two of which were mailed in brightly colored wrappers that served as membership solicitations. The newsletter mailing list consisted of approximately 1480 addressees. The newsletter includes feature articles, guest columns, opinion pieces, news from Nigeria, book reviews, letters to the editor, and member updates.
· Eight of Friends of Nigeria’s nine board members attended the FON annual meeting on July 30, 2005, in Washington, DC, during NPCA Annual General Meeting. Resignations were accepted from two board members. On July 31, 2005, the FON annual general meeting and dinner were held at the home of board member Bob Perito in Rockville, MD.
· While in DC, the Friends of Nigeria board renewed its sponsorship of two VSOs serving in Nigeria (Annette Uhlenberg and Irma Fortuin) and agreed to sponsor a third VSO. In the absence of a Peace Corps Nigeria program, we continue to support Peace Corps’ goals in Nigeria through our VSO sponsorships. During 2004-05, we contributed $2400 to VSO (and lesser amounts to Books for Africa and Ashoka).
· The board also approved: (1) the investment of $1000 in NPCA’s Micro-Enterprise fund, (2) the establishment of a Friends of Nigeria Yahoo or Google online Group (to replace our listserv), and (3) the purchase of up to five tape recorders to assist Frieda Fairburn with her work on the JFK Library Peace Corps oral history project.
· The Friends of Nigeria website <friendsofnigeria.org> continued under the webmastering of C. Leigh Gerber and Greg Jones.
· Board member Mike Goodkind continues to lead our advocacy effort, keeping us informed of issues relating to Peace Corps and Nigeria. Our listserv and newsletter provided the means for this communication.