To restore life, health and peace to indigenous farmers and nomadic pastoralists in nigeria through the settlement of pastoralists onto protected, ecologically sound grazing reserves with healthcare and schools provided for their families.
Daunting job ahead on Dam 6. It took a LONG time to do this work – many days of scooping dirt, putting it in place, wetting each load and compacting it before depositing the next layer of dirt. Most challenging was the constant equipment failure. But God helped us, and because of Chester’s unflagging determination and effort, we left Kachia reserve with two massive dams! PTL!
Weird and harmless millipede.
Successful completion of Dam 6 repair!
This is the spillway for Dam 6.
Had lots of equipment issues…but finally finished the job!
Work begins on Yola Fulako Dam.
This is Wuro Nyako Learning Center, where we stayed. Very secure and comfortable, with solar electricity thrown in!
Chester and Jan at Yola Fulako Dam.
A beautiful sunset!
The Fulani danced for us!
Shane reviewed paddocks and planned grazing with the local herdsmen, who are going to begin now that they have assurance of water.
Chester excavated a small water hole, to the delight of the local villagers!
The security guards rested and slept in this tent.
Barrels of diesel fuel – we went through A LOT daily, for the excavator, dump trucks and bulldozer.
Beautiful Kachia children! Thousands of them on this reserve, with shocking lack of teachers.
This little guy is in school every day!
Terry and his kids! He left the children with loads of school supplies: text books, pencils, coloring books, crayons and more! Thank you, Sister Schools!
Lawal and Musa – great guys and good friends!
They were sitting on top of a wagon watching a soccer match at Wuro Nyako!
Picnicking at Yola Fulako Dam!
Shane captured this interesting cloud one evening!
Jan Novak with two elderly Fulani gentlemen.
Adorable Fulani baby girl! Everyone’s favorite!
Workshop in Bobi, in the shade of a mango tree!
Mom is milking cow while calf nurses on the other side!
Seed pods of the unique tree! So beautiful!
My sweet little Abubakar, Down syndrome child.
Mr. Grumpy camel, who tried to bite his handler for letting Judy ride him! Sadly, he appears to have a right to be grumpy. Obviously, he’s been badly mistreated.
Gorgeous, unique tree in Niger State.
Bye for now, from Bobi and Kachia! Shane and I will return in a few days, to follow up on the planned grazing and hope to meet with the State Governor to stop reserve deforestation!