My name is Aimee Hopkins, and I am a senior at Mount Madonna School. I am working to raise money for a school in Africa, named Creative Minds International Academy, for my Capstone Project this year. The school is in Jos, a very poor part of Nigeria. The founder and principal of CMIA, Emmanuel Ivorgba, has incorporated Values-based education in his school to teach universal human values, such as compassion and kindness, to his students. He has also worked to stop the practice of violent consequences traditionally practiced in most schools as punishment for unsatisfactory student behavior. Mr. Ivorgba also works to end tensions between Muslims and Christians.
I have two fund-raising methods that together I have named “The Nigeria Project.” The first is a video on YouTube that is meant to raise money for educational materials, such as laptops, textbooks and school supplies. The second project is posted on Indiegogo.com. The funds raised from my posting on this web site will pay for a teacher and me to visit Nigeria and the Creative Minds International Academy. I plan to bring the educational materials with me and make the donation in person.
— Aimee Hopkins