Our mission: to develop a generation of young people who are prepared to enter the workforce by means of sponsoring elementary through graduate level education, computer literacy, and vocational skills training.
Three aspects of our Mission:
Veritas Academy (Nigeria) and Nagala School for the Deaf (Kenya)
Provide education, nutrition and medical care to at risk children in poor rural areas where access to basic education and medical care is limited.
Higher education scholarships
Partial scholarships for individuals who have demonstrated a desire to gain skills in fields such as education and human development to further our mission.
Vocational Skills Training
Partnership with Grace Springs Business and Vocational School. Emphasis on providing mentorship to individuals working in the medical field, agriculture and education.
Sponsor computer lab at Grace Springs Business and Vocational School for the purpose of:
Teach computer literacy classes
Access to Chem21 Labs online curriculum for children in summer school
Further development of digital courses using the Chem21 framework.
Access to a wealth of digital resources for training in the vocational programs offered.
2012 - Doors opened to applications
2013- 501c3 non-profit status
2015 - Mission trip to Haiti
2016 - First mission trip to Ikorodu
Permanent site for school purchased
2017 - Veritas Academy: Six classrooms built. Bathroom and Water projects complete.
2018-2019 - Veritas Academy: Interior finishes, painting, windows, furnishings for school.
2020 - Built second floor and roof at Veritas Academy
Short Term Vision:
Complete plumbing and interior finishes for 2nd floor at Veritas Academy
Continued support for Veritas Academy and Nagala School for the Deaf
Set up computer lab at Grace Springs Business and Vocational School
Continued development of online curriculum on the Chem 21 platform to meet educational needs. Begin using the curriculum at the new computer lab.
Plan a mission trip for summer of 2022!
Long Term Vision:
Expand to more countries and educate even more people.
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”
BY THE NUMBERS
Number of out of school kids in Nigeria
Unemployment rate in Nigeria
Kids we have sponsored so far
Amount spent so far on education
A few of the many kids we support
Dr. Emmanuel - Founder and President
Emmanuel or "Emma" as he is fondly called by his family is a resident physician in Kentucky. He has been an avid advocate for child education in West Africa the last six years. Immediately he found out he was accepted to medical school, he deferred his admission so he could work as a chemist for a few years to raise enough money to start educating disenfranchised kids in Nigeria. He continued to manage the school as a first year medical student but then eventually established Child Scholars, the 501c-3 non profit to help sustain the project after he was egged on by friends and family who wanted to support him.
Kaylee - Director of Operations
Kaylee is a passionate and seasoned educator with over 6 years of teaching experience at the high school and middle school level. She obtained her Bachelors in Biology and Master of Arts in Teaching from Lee University and has been very involved in helping structure our Child Scholars curriculum. She received the Gary L. Riggins Writing Award in 2013 for her thesis paper.
Dr. Eddie and Renee - Director -Child Scholars Academy
Dr. Edward Brown (Professor of Chemistry) earned a Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee in Organic Chemistry. He teaches General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and the associated labs. He hopes to work towards helping Child Scholars establish an e-learning academy to reach many more kids in the very near future.
In the summers, Dr. Brown accompanies students to Rio Viejo, Honduras where students, professors, and alumni work together to provide needed medical, pharmaceutical, optical and dental services. Throughout the year, Dr. Brown enjoys playing tennis with students. He and his wife Renee have been so supportive of our efforts and we are honored to have them on our board.
Dr. Gary - Director of Grants
For the last four decades, Dr. Gary L. Riggins has been a professional educator. He has lived and taught in three states (Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida) and in two other countries (Sierra Leone and South Africa). His research interests include teacher traits and characteristics and environmental settings for teaching and learning. He has presented his research at both national and international conferences and universities.
Sara - Director - Kenya project
Sara is a medical student and a southern California native. She received her undergraduate degrees in biology and dance. Sara has always had a passion for global health and service. She was fortunate to obtain a month-long internship in Nakuru, Kenya, in June 2018 where she volunteered at the local hospital and Ngala School for the Deaf. Her experience there inspired
her to partner with her colleague and Child Scholars to tackle the many challenges deaf children face in Kenya. She is excited to be a part of the Child Scholars’ team!
Macahan - Director - Kenya Project
Macahan is also currently a medical student who also is passionate about addressing health disparities. He worked at Nakuru, Kenya in 2018 with Sara. Macahan is excited about making a difference and transforming lives in these communities as we expand our reach across East Africa and beyond.