A Day of Many Visits – Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

WOW!  What a day! The early part of the morning was spent visiting with Mercy from ‘Project Happiness’.  What a surprise to see her walk into the NEEDCSI office, not having seen her since 2007.  She just graduated in economics from Univ of Jos and now has to wait a year, before then serving another […]

Apurimac Onlus Vocational Training Center

John spent the morning installing the new eGranary (a digital library) at a vocational training center. The photograph shows members of the staff at Apurimac Onlus Vocational center celebrating the installation of the eGranary. The center provides a variety of programs including computer skills. The computer training graduates 100 students every 6 months and includes […]

Emmanuel Ivorgba, director of NEEDCSI.org, our partner

Nothing here would be possible without the ground help of Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba, the director of NEEDSCI.org, a local non profit here in Jos, Nigeria dedicated to peacebuilding and youth leadership. It is always a privilege to work with him and I am happy to call him my friend.  His dedication in serving the youth […]

Preparations for the conference continuing

Well, as happens here, there was no electricity for two days and even though there is a generator at the guesthouse where we are staying, the internet was not working.  So…. here it is Monday Oct 24th and things are whirling. Emmanuel and I met yesterday afternoon and wrapped up the conference details. The first […]

We’ve Arrived

We have safely arrived in Abuja, Nigeria and will spend the night here.  Tomorrow we will travel to Jos, Nigeria. Our wonderful driver, Sunday, who has been our faithful chaperone for all of our past adventures  met us at the airport.  It is a delight to finish traveling by being welcomed with a big hug, […]


Ah yes, the reality of sponsoring international conferences is the need for funds.  We have our upcoming 9/11, 10/11 and 11/11 events in Aptos as well as a fundraiser on Sept 18th in Long Beach and 9/25 in Santa Cruz.  All of these events serve to inform the public about our work, educate to break […]

Youth Interfaith Conference Agenda

Planning is coming along nicely.  Currently I’m working with Emmanuel Ivogba, co-founder and director of NEEDCSI, the local non profit we work with in Jos, Nigeria, on wrapping up the 2011 conference agenda.