FON Continues to Support Projects in Nigeria
by Jim Clark (12) 64-66
The FON board of directors has authorized the expenditure of funds in support of three ongoing projects in Nigeria.
For several years, FON has partnered with the Peace Corps Nigeria Alumni Fountation (PCNAF) to fund the Robert Pastor scholarship, a scholarship to fund needy students desiring to attend the American University of Nigeria (AUN). In its recent meeting, the FON board agreed to fund its share of $500. On a related note, President Greg Jones announced that Lowell Fewster (04) 62-64 has agreed to be the administrator of the scholarship replacing the late Steve Clapp.
The board voted to send an additional $3,000 to the Fantsuam Foundation in support of the foundation’s efforts to establish and maintain a reliable food supply system in an area affected by ethnic violence. FON has, for several years, supported Fantsuam by providing funds for its construction and farming projects. (More information on Fantsuam’s work can be seen in the recent report from John Dada elsewhere in the newsletter.)
The AUN Read and Feed program received an additional grant of $3,000 from the board in support of its work in feeding and educating those affected by Boko Haram violence. Those in attendance at the FON meeting in Washington will remember AUN President Margee Ensign’s description of the challenges faced by refugees from Boko Haram violence and the positive results of the Read and Feed program.
All these programs are only possible as a result of the generosity of our membership. Most of member dues and 100% of contributions are donated to these programs. FON is proud to have good, reliable partners in Nigeria who enable us to donate our funds with confidence. Keep up those donations!