Garbagal reserve in Jigawa is the poorest we've found, in grass, in water, in every other resource. Everyone of the hand pumps and wells is in need of repair. Animals and humans are desperate for water. The Fulani begged us NOT to dam up one soggy area for fear that farmers would come in and siphon off the water for gardens on their grazing lands. Encroachment by farmers is a huge problem. The one school we saw? Well, I wept as I snapped the photo. And am weeping now. It was unrecognizable as a school - just a ring of thorn bushes and a pile of fallen lumber. The children who came to school waited around for about one hour then went home. Why? The teacher didn't show up....again. We must and we will do something to bring hope into this sad situation.
If you would care to help with the school at Garbagal reserve, please donate. I'll be going with our borehole driller, Aliu, to do the work in Kachia, first week of April, and the work at Garbagal, third week of April. I'm thinking of meeting with the Nomadic Education rep in Garbagal to let them know that we're interested and involved, taking along some school supplies and learning materials and working together with the Fulani parents to build a proper structure for their school.
You can find more information about the other reserves and the planned work on our About page.