Located among the beautiful hills and valleys of Central Nigeria, the Rafiki Training Village Nigeria is a haven for some of the country’s nine million orphans. The local language is Hausa and the food staples of the region are maize, yam, potatoes, and acha (grass seed). The thirty-seven acre compound was established in 2003 and has thirty-three buildings that house the residential and educational facilities of the residents. The children enjoy going to church, cooking, reading, and having sleepovers with their friends. Football, baseball, and basketball matches are looked forward to as are watching movies and celebrating holidays.
Like all of the Rafiki Schools, the children are taught with the Rafiki School Curriculum—a quality, academic curriculum written by the Foundation. This curriculum is unique in that it integrates a biblical worldview into the traditional liberal arts subjects. The staff and children take pleasure in singing together and their current favorite hymns include What a Friend We Have in Jesus, There is a Green Hill Far Away, and Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners.
Located in West Africa, Nigeria is the most populous nation on the continent with more than 150 million people. The population is as diverse as it is large, with some 250 ethnic groups. In addition to its huge population, Nigeria is endowed with significant agricultural, mineral, marine and forest resources. Its multiple vegetation zones, plentiful rain, surface water and underground water resources and moderate climatic extremes allow for production of diverse food and cash crops. Over 60 per cent of the population is involved in the production of the food crops such as cassava, maize, rice, yams, and legumes. Oil and gas, by value, are the most important minerals.
A century of British rule ended in 1960, but following independence, ethnic tensions increased between the poor north and the more prosperous south. After decades of military coups and military rule, free elections were held in 1999 that restored democracy to Nigeria.
Area: 356,669 square miles
Language: English, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani, over 500 additional indigenous languages
Religion: Muslim 50%, Christian 40%, indigenous beliefs 10%
Life Expectancy: 52
GNI per Capita: $2,710
Percentage of Population Living on
Less than $1.25/day: 62%
Literacy Percent: 861.3%
Orphaned Children: 10,000,000
Physicians per 100, 000 people: 40
CIA—The World Factbook
National Geographic Atlas of the World
WHO Human Resources for Health
UNICEF—State of the World’s Children, 2010
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