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Get to know Lynn and Nigel Whitehouse

Two remarkable innovators are Lynn and Nigel Whitehouse who have been living 34 years in Chad, Africa. They are on either end of this photo. They have constantly been involved in various projects to help the people in Chad. Lynn is the Honorary Consul of Canada. Together they have adopted 15 children, some who are now in universities and working in Canada. Alexandra is there youngest who is six.

   They are founders of the” Les Etoiles Brillantes - The Brilliant Stars Schools in Chad and even though Lynn was in a horrific car accident and broke her neck her drive and willpower keeps her at her work.

   As Nigel said when we heard him talk about the project recently- “There is a national curriculum and to this they add concern for protection of the environment, emphasize  virtues and values like honesty, and equality of the sexes. In their schools there must be as many girls as boys as formerly girls were being left out of being educated.

  We have three campuses which include a kindergarten/preschool, the primary/elementary school, and the middle/high school. We will provide a teacher if a school is built and extra materials besides the chalk board. A year ago Nomads built a tent like structure and when we arrived there was 50 kids who wanted to go to school. We said they needed two structures as it was best to divide that number in two as it is very hot. The kids are really bright . We do poetry and song in both English and French. Some wonderful volunteers have come to help.”

Nigel is excited about planting new trees at the farm. He has said, "We are going to plant another thousand trees at the beginning of the rainy season. Right now we are harvesting seeds and planting them in plastic sacks with compost that we started a couple of years ago. We are planting accacias, zysiphus Mauritania and eucalyptus. The latter grows well in water, so we will plant that in rows between rice fields. The accacias and Zysiphus will make a living fence around our ten hectare farm with the thorny zysiphus keeping out all the goats which like to come in and eat the vegetables.All these trees have tradional medical uses as well. And the zysiphus produce a small fruit called jujubes which are like a tiny crabapple that kids love to eat when they are ripe."

Della and Dale saw photographs taken by their daughter Alexandra (who is six) and decided to help with Bruce and Patti to contribute a camera to her to keep up her photography- maybe some of the photos we will see online in Dodoland.

His brother Bruce and wife Patti Whitehouse, some particular dedicated staff at CBC, and others who wanted to give back to the community helped with the contruction of the school in Koundoul . The Canadian Ambassador generously contributed the office and toilet block at another school. Can you help??

The schools created are a living testiment to the vision and dedication of Lynn and Nigel. So many others help in so many ways. If you find the project interesting and want to find out more contact Nigel.   If you have any ideas on how funds can be raised for the school it would be tremendously appreciated by everyone including the children. $1000 pays for a teacher for one year. Any small amount really helps keep things moving forward. Please contact Nigel at ncpwhitehouse@yahoo.ca

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