Help Raise ₦1,324,000 to Fund Cecilia Joshua’s Corrective Surgery

21-year-old Cecilia Joshua, a native of Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State, she contracted Cerebrospinal meningitis in 2005, which was not immediately detected until she developed a severe brain disorder that has left her in acute medical condition. Cecilia is the daughter to one of our current participants of the Goat project in Tafawa Balewa community of Bauchi state. It is safe to say that she has not optimally experienced life in ease and comfort, since she was 5 years old. Her mother, Mary Joshua is a widow, who has catered for her daughter’s health issues since the girl was 6 years old, while also supporting her 4 other children. This ailment was first discovered in 2005 but due to lack of finances, Cecilia could not access proper medical attention until 2006 in Uthman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Sokoto state. It was later discovered that the surgery carried out on Cecilia was Read More

The Developing Brain: An Early Window Of Opportunity For Learning

Long before a child enters the classroom, inequities can create a lasting imprint on the architecture of the brain. Recent research on brain development casts new light on the formative influence of early childhood experience. In the first few years of life, a child’s brain creates 700 to 1,000 new neural connections every second, a pace that later diminishes. These early connections set the foundation on which later connections are built. The new research shows that nutrition, health care and interaction between children and their caregivers can help with brain development in early childhood. Conversation, repeating and connecting words in meaningful contexts, and early exposure to literacy through reading and play are all positively associated with language skills. Conversely, frequent exposure to chronically stressful events in infancy, including nutritional deprivation and violence, can affect children by damaging neurons in areas involved in learning and emotional development. In other words, these Read More