Over the past 10 years of my life I have watched my sister, brother, and dad all travel to Nigeria. My sister going when she was 18 years old, my brother when he was 15 years old, and my dad numerous times. I had always wondered what a big trip like that would be like and, more so, what its destination would be like – Egbe.

This June I was able to find out for myself.

My father and I departed from Charlotte, NC on June 16th and arrived in Egbe on the 18th for our 17 day stay there. In those 17 days I was to be teaching at CARE Africa Foundations, a school primarily for CARE Kids, or foster kids, and my dad was to be working with the staff at Egbe Hospital.

Egbe CARE school children 2
Egbe CARE school children 1

The schedule I was given showed that I would teach science, art, music, and PE to five different classes daily, each a different age group, from 9am until about 1:30pm. It was an ambitious schedule for me considering I am 17 years old, but I was excited about it and anxious to meet the kids 😊.

Each day teaching at the school I learned something new about the kids. I learned their names and which activities they liked and which ones they didn’t. I learned their ages and who their siblings and parents were. And I learned that they each contain a joy for life and for learning… although they may not have wanted their joy for learning to be seen sometimes…

Egbe CARE school children 3
Egbe CARE school child

Working with the children was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget. I will never forget their beautiful faces and beaming smiles. At this school, the children were safe and free to be themselves. And they were taught to find their identity in Christ. I saw the compassionate and Christ-like way that the staff interacted with the kids, and how greatly the children looked up to them. They fulfilled a role and a need in the kids’ lives for a stern yet gentle hand to guide them onto God’s path.

At the end of the trip I was beginning to miss my family and my friends, but I didn’t want to leave yet. I knew that when I was home I was going to miss those children just like how I missed my family while in Egbe. I fell in love with the children there and wish I could’ve taken them home with me. I am hoping that one day the Lord will make a way for me to come back.  😊  Written by K. Vines