Bane is the home village of the famed Ogoni writer, TV show producer and environmental and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa who was hanged along with 8 other Ogoni activists on November 10, 1995.
Our earliest history in Bane: Leelee Wiwa Tanen, the school director and Tijen Pegg in June 2002 standing in front of the then empty land that would ultimately be the site of our two finished classroom buildings, toilets, borehole and public water taps.
Our earliest history in Bane: Scott and Tijen Pegg meeting with students, teachers and directors of our school in June 2002. The small building behind us is the only building the school had to use at that time and it was grossly overcrowded before we started helping them.
Michelle DeYoung, Tijen Pegg and members of the Tijen Pegg Mothers’ Association in Bane in June 2004.
Scott Pegg and the late paramount ruler of Bane ceremonially cutting the ribbon to open our first classroom building there in June 2004.
Members of the Tijen Pegg Mothers’ Association pose for a photograph in front of our newly opened classroom building in Bane in June 2004.
Dr. Chuck Dietzen, founder and president of Timmy Global Health was made an honorary chief in Bane in 2004.
Our second classroom building in Bane under construction in 2005.
Local workers putting the cement floor in our second and largest classroom building in Bane in June 2007. Most of the cement floor is done at this point with just the part where the kids are standing still left to be finished.
We finished our first classroom building in Bane in 2004. This photo from 2009 shows how the original roof is rusting and corroding.
This is the first 5 classroom building we built for the school in Bane. It is shown here in June 2012 with its brand new aluminum zinc rust-proof roof which just replaced the previous zinc roof that was badly corroded with rust.
This photo shows both of our classroom buildings in Bane, each of which now has a rust-proof roof that will never need to be replaced.
Scott Pegg greeting students in Bane in August 2005.
Scott Pegg posing for a picture with some of our Bane students in August 2005.
Primary 6 students having class in one of our Bane classrooms in June 2012.
Scott Pegg greeting students in Bane in 2009.
Some of the youngest Nursery 1 students in Bane.
The borehole tanks which provide safer and cleaner drinking water to our students, teachers and staff at the school in Bane. We gratefully acknowledge funding from Safe Child Africa (formerly Stepping Stones Nigeria) which provided for the borehole in Bane.
As with our school in Bodo, we make the safer and cleaner drinking water from our borehole in Bane freely available to local villagers. This photo shows the public water tap which local residents can freely access.
Scott Pegg cutting a ceremonial ribbon to officially open boys, girls and teachers’ toilets at the school in Bane in June 2012.
The building which houses boys, girls and teachers’ toilets at the school in Bane just after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
One of our four toilets at the school in Bane. The work we do may not always look chic or sexy, but it is vital.