PRAYERS IN TIME the schools
October 2019: The album Prayers In Time has raised most of the £14,000 to complete the building of two life-changing schools in Africa - the last floor of classrooms is now built and in use.
In 2002 the Rev Kenneth Ononeze started to build a primary and a secondary school to give affordable education to families in Jos in Plateau State, Nigeria. Jos is a Christian city which has suffered many atrocities at the hands of Islamist terrorists, the most recent in July 2018 in which hundreds were killed, injured and made homeless.
The surrounding villages are regular targets for murderous attacks by Muslim "herdsmen": these are often reported as land disputes, but these groups are provided with AK47s and other weaponry by Islamist extremists intent on driving Christians from the area to impose Sharia Law.
Kenneth is a brave and honest man in a country notorious for corruption. He and his wife Helen and his church have built the schools with whatever money they have been able to raise. He takes no income from the school. They charge very low fees, and though they are Christian, free scholarships are offered to Muslim children, especially girls, who cannot get education otherwise. They get some of the best results in the state and send many students to universities. A Muslim boy they took from the streets of Jos has recently gone to Tehran to study medicine there.
Before (above) and after (below): the third floor of classrooms and the roof of the last building built with money raised by Prayers in Time. They were in use when the schools opened in September 2018 but electrical and other work is ongoing and still needs some more funding.
Yet 16 years on they still haven’t been able to complete the basic building work to provide enough classrooms: as of May 2018 they needed about £14,000 more to do so. Most of that has now been raised through the album Prayers in Time. All the income from the album goes to to the schools via the charity which was set up many years ago for that purpose. The recording and production costs are the gifts of the Rust family and other contributors.
Godfrey and Tessa Rust have supported Kenneth’s work with all income from Godfrey’s music and poetry for more than 20 years, along with their friends Geoff Shattock and Maria Silva, both of whom have spent time with Kenneth in Jos.
You can support this work by buying an album on CD or download for £10 (or more if you wish) from www.godfreyrust.bandcamp.com. 100% of what you pay will go to finishing the school building.
If you would like to make a larger gift and perhaps include Gift Aid, please go to the charity page.
Since the July 2018 atrocities around Jos, with several hundred killed and hundreds of houses burned down in attacks by Muslim "herdsmen" on Christian farmers, thousands of Christians are displaced in camps. Kenneth Ononeze (above left) and members of his church are here providing aid to one of the camps.