Report from the front lines of African relief

Students at CSS host special open house Sunday

Courtney Anderson, founder of the Wanted Children Foundation.

People interested in gaining a personal perspective on what’s happening in western Africa are invited to a special evening at Chilliwack secondary school this Sunday.

Students from the school’s African Relief Club are hosting an open house for the “Wanted Children Foundation,” which works to help orphaned and abandoned children in Nigeria.

The foundation is one of two African orphanages the club supports. The other – JaJaa Barb’s Home for Angels – is in Uganda.

Guest speaker for the evening is Chilliwack’s Courtney Anderson, founder of the Wanted Children Foundation. Anderson, in town on a brief furlough from Nigeria, will share her stories on the successes and struggles of helping children in a region more noted for the terror attacks of the Boko Haram.

She’ll present video and answer questions about working in such a hostile environment.

“If you wanted to know what is really happening on the ground in Nigeria, or what it is really like to work in a completely rural Third World setting from someone who is there, then this would be your opportunity,” says CSS teacher Steve Anderson.

The African Relief Club remains a popular club at the school. Through its “Afcaf” African Cafe, it raises funds and co-ordinates events in support of the orphanages it sponsors.

Sunday’s event, which is open to everyone, gets under way at 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Hall at Chilliwack secondary, 46363 Yale Rd. Students will be at the main door to provide directions.

Just Posted

Chilliwack’s Aaron Douglas to be retried for first-degree murder

Sentenced to life in prison for one 2014 killing, first jury couldn’t come to a decision on second

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

Enbridge pipeline explosion cools asphalt operations in Chilliwack

Asphalt plants across the Lower Mainland told to limit production

Chilliwack Chiefs score late to beat Vernon Vipers

Matt Holmes netted the winner with 20.5 seconds on the clock as the Chiefs rallied for a 3-2 win.

Ingenious Vedder Bridge project snags design-build award

Innovative engineering approach used to launch new bridge and demolish old one

Secret supper clubs test appetite for cannabis-infused food ahead of legalization

Chefs are eagerly awaiting pot edibles to become legal in Canada

Private marijuana stores should shut down, Mike Farnworth says

B.C. has approved 62 licences, but they still need local approval

HPV vaccine does not lead to riskier sex among teen girls: UBC

Girls are less likely to have sex now than they were a decade ago

Koreas agree to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

The rival Koreas are holding high-level talks Monday to discuss further engagement amid a global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.

Flash floods kill at least 7 people in southwest France

Flash floods have left several people dead in southwest France, with roads swept away and streams become raging torrents as the equivalent of several months of rain fell overnight, authorities said Monday.

Trump to visit Florida, Georgia; search ongoing for missing

The death toll from Michael’s destructive march from Florida to Virginia stood at 17.

Canadians widely unaware of accomplishments of famous women, poll suggests

A new poll suggests Canadians have a lot to learn about the accomplishments of some of the country’s most famous women.

5 to start your day

B.C. dad sues province over children on transit, fires in Surrey and more

Temporary access allowed for residents of landslide-threatened B.C. community

The district says areas of access to the community of about 54 homes could be expanded, depending on advice from a geotechnical engineer.

Most Read