FRIENDS OF NIGERIA
2008 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.
· Under the editorship of Warren Keller, four issues of the Friends of Nigeria Newsletter were published during the calendar year 2008 with a total of 76 pages. The newsletters were mailed to an average of 1477 addressees. The newsletter includes feature articles, guest columns, opinion pieces, news from Nigeria, book reviews, letters to the editor, member updates, and reports from our sponsored VSO volunteers.
· FON published a 48-page hardcopy FON directory, listing contact info for nearly 1,900 Nigeria RPCVs, staff, and friends (VSOs, CUSOs, etc.), with indexes by group, by current state of residency, and by Nigerian city of service.
· Perhaps the highlight of the year was the 12-day Nigeria Revisited tour sponsored by FON and organized by Mike Malaghan. The touring group consisted of 32 members of which 21 were Nigeria RPCVs. The itinerary consisted of a flight from Lagos to Kano, followed by overland stops in Abuja, Enugu, and Ibadan, with a number of side trips.
· FON’s web presence consists of:
• Our website <friendsofnigeria.org> including RPCV directories (with “lost” and deceased RPCVs lists), announcements, a newsletter archive, etc. – webmastered by Greg Jones and C. Leigh Gerber.
• Our wiki <www.wikifon.org> that includes all 27 training group directories (as downloadable pdf files) as well as photos, stories, and group histories – organized by Chris Collman.
• Our group page <community.peacecorpsconnect.org/group/friendsofnigeria> on the Connected Peace Corps social networking website administered by Greg Jones.
· During the 2007-08 fiscal year, FON raised $10,795.62 for its Nigeria VSO Project, and to-date has donated a total of $27,000 to VSO.
· FON increased its investment in the NPCA MicroEnterprise Program from $1,000 to $2,500.
· Most of the business of FON’s board of directors was conducted by e-mail, but a conference call board meeting also took place on September 20, 2008.