FRIENDS OF NIGERIA
2009 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 2009 with a total of 64 pages. The newsletters were mailed to an average of 1460 addressees. The latter number is down slightly because some of our readers now choose to access the full-color version of the newsletter on our website. 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.
· Perhaps the highlight of the year was the Friends of Nigeria Reunion in Boston, August 14-16, 2009. Approximately 130 Nigeria RPCVs, staff, and spouses attended this event. Activities included training group reunions, a traditional New England clam bake, and a Nigerian dinner/dance.
· 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 the original training group directories (as downloadable pdf files) as well as photos, stories, and group histories – organized by Chris Collman and Greg Jones.
• Our group page <community.peacecorpsconnect.org/group/friendsofnigeria> on the Connected Peace Corps social networking website administered by Greg Jones.
· During the 2008-09 fiscal year, FON raised $5015 for its Nigeria VSO Project, and to-date has donated a total of $34,400 to VSO.
· FON launched a second project in Nigeria this year that consisted of support for the microfinance program of the Fantsuam Foundation <http://www.fantsuam.org/>. During the 2008-09 fiscal year, FON raised $5270 for this project, and to-date has donated a total of $6,000 to the Fantsuam Foundation.
· Most of the business of FON’s board of directors was conducted by e-mail, but a conference call board meeting occurred on May 2, 2009, and the board also met on August 15, 2009, during the Boston reunion.