CBDP Coding Camp and Scholars Program

July 30, 2018

Dear Friends,

In three weeks, we will welcome 120 students to our inaugural coding camp, almost all of whom will be writing their very first line of computer code ever at our camp. The vast majority of them will be working on a computer for the first time ever. We have taken the time to curate a curriculum designed to address these challenges and to bring out the very best in this talented but under-resourced group.

We will also be screening students for admission into our Scholars Program. Last year, we gave out 18 scholarships. This year, we plan to give out 40.

We continue to refine our education outreach efforts to ensure that we are engaging in only the most impactful activities and really touching the lives of the students we work with. Earlier this month, we reached an agreement with the UNESCO Regional Office in Nigeria pursuant to which we will receive UNESCO technical support and expertise on our education programs. We look forward to expanding our offerings in the near future and will keep you posted as the collaboration evolves.

Please support our education outreach by making a donation today.

For more details, please check out our website.

Thank you for your support.

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Medical Outreach

We are now 10 weeks away from the start of our 2018 outreach program! Last year, more than 3,000 adults and children participated in our medical outreach. 
Our volunteer primary care and specialist physicians and nurses provided much needed medical care to the indigent residents of the rural community we visited. 

We can’t wait to do it again. And, this year, we get to do it in two rural communities. And touch even more people.

Please support our medical outreach by making a donation today.

For more details on this year’s outreach, please check out our program brochure and latest newsletter.

Thank you for your support.

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CBDP Newsletter May 2018                                                                                                            (804) 413-6721


May 14, 2018

Dear Friends,

Following the success of our inaugural healthcare and education outreach events last October, we have been working hard on preparations for our 2018 outreaches. We have taken feedback from the communities we work with, our volunteers, and from you, our friends and very generous donors, and have been incorporating them into our planning for this year’s events.

As we did last year, we will have both healthcare and education outreaches. What’s different this year, though, is that we plan to hold our healthcare outreach in two communities – Omu-Aran (as we did last year) and Oro. This is in line with our objective of working with communities all over Nigeria and globally. On the education front, we will add a new class of SS1 (10th Grade) Scholars to our roster of 18 from last year. These Scholars will receive tuition and fee scholarships for their last three years of secondary school, along with mentoring, career counseling and other assistance.

Additionally, we are very excited to introduce two new events that we will be debuting this year for our students – (i) a three-day Coding Camp for at least 60 students; and (ii) a Youth Development Program providing entrepreneurship coaching and including a business plan and pitch competition.

Coding Camp

We are working hard on developing a curriculum introducing these exceptional students to computer programming and computer science, and suited to the unique needs of the communities we work in. We are currently in discussions with an established technology education provider to partner with us on this new venture. Our plan is to pilot this Coding Camp this year, then work with our partners to scale the program beyond the communities we currently work in. We truly believe that, regardless of what professions or disciplines these students end up pursuing, acquiring coding skills will make them better thinkers and problem solvers.

To make this Coding Camp a reality, we will need at least 30 computers. We have started acquiring computers (including some that we have had to refurbish) but we are still a long way from our target. Our plan is to donate any computers used for the Camp to our seven partner schools, to help kick off a virtual library pilot program, so the students can keep honing their coding skills after the Camp. We also need to raise funds to support our Scholars Program and to facilitate our continued engagement with our partner schools.

Youth Development Program

We are working with our volunteer facilitators to develop a small business clinic culminating in a business plan and pitch competition. We want to help our youths develop their entrepreneurial instincts and get them to start thinking up innovative and creative solutions to problems in their communities. Winners will receive cash prizes and help with refining their business plans.

We are very proud to introduce these new programs and can’t wait to give you all feedback about our experiences when it’s over!

For the medical outreach, we need to buy enough supplies for the 3,000 people we expect to see at our two locations and make sure that our vision center is well equipped this year, given how high the demand was last year for vision services.

We hope you will support us by volunteering and/or making a donation. We couldn’t do what we do without your generous support.

To learn more about our programs and our organization, please visit our website ( and sign up for our newsletter. You may also make donations through our website at any time.

Thank you for your support.


Babatunde Abidoye Akin Adekeye
Director & Co-Founder Director & Co-Founder

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Thank you for your donation

In August of this year, we started a non-profit organization called Community Based Development Partners, Inc. (CBDP). The goal of this organization is to support communities by developing and improving healthcare access and education in Nigeria. We launched our pilot program in Omu-Aran, Nigeria in September and, with your support, we were able to reach more than 2000 people through our two-day healthcare outreach program and talk to more than 200 students in all seven public high schools in Omu-Aran during our “Career Day” event. This pilot program was our organization’s first ever event and we were surprised at how enormous the need is in the Omu-Aran community.

So why were we surprised? The two founders of CBDP left Nigeria two decades ago. While we have visited often and kept up with friends and family over the years, it is difficult to fully understand the extent of the need on the ground and to appreciate how badly the institutions in the country have deteriorated. A series of events led us to think of setting up CBDP around healthcare and health:

  1. Over the years, we have lost relatives and friends living in Nigeria to preventable and manageable illnesses. This sensitized us to the need for expanded access to preventive care and management of chronic illnesses.
  2. The education system has greatly deteriorated due in large part to:

a. Deterioration of facilities and low teacher morale, especially in the public-school system. Over the past two decades, there has been an influx of private schools attempting to plug the holes created by this dislocation in the public-school system. This has led to a de facto segregation in the school system, with poor children left at the mercy of ever-declining public schools while more affluent children attend private schools of varying quality. In the rural areas especially, public secondary schools are typically the only viable options for most children. These schools, including all seven we are working with in Omu-Aran, are ridden with poor facilities. For example, statistics from the United Nations on Nigeria showed that 65% of the public primary (elementary) and junior secondary (Grades 7-9) schools in the country lack electricity.

b. A lack of mentoring and appropriate role models. Growing up in Nigeria, there were so many examples of hard working and successful people that we admired.  We saw many examples of people that were good at what they do and rewarded for it. This served as motivation for us growing up. Much has been written about the growing level of decadence in the country and we have observed a growing disconnect between hard work and success. With increasing levels of corruption, poverty and unemployment, it is important to reinforce for the youth the importance of a great education, as they are inundated daily with images and stories of people who achieved “success” through nefarious activity and not through productive enterprise.

So how do we solve these problems? We, like many Nigerians, have talked a lot about the inefficiencies of the government and the country’s institutions. We eventually decided to move from just talking to doing. We set up CBDP as a vehicle through which we can contribute our expertise and resource, aggregated with those of others such as yourself, to start solving some of these problems.

The Pilot Program

Thanks to the generosity of our friends all over the world, we were able to launch our pilot program, which provided us an avenue to learn about our process and most importantly the people that we plan to reach and impact through our outreach efforts.

We would like to share two stories with you from our pilot program:

  1. An 11-year-old boy who had been suffering from sickle cell disease all his life was formally diagnosed with the disease for the first time during our medical outreach. This is a condition that should have been identified much earlier in this boy’s life, but a combination of an unstable family situation and abject poverty meant that he lacked access to the medical care he needed, leaving him to suffer all his life from a manageable condition. We had him immediately transferred to the General Hospital and paid for him to receive blood transfusion and other treatment and follow-up care.
  1. Eighteen students at Senior Secondary School One level (equivalent of the 10th grade in the United States) were awarded scholarships through our Omu-Aran Scholars Program. The Scholars Program awards these students annual tuition scholarships for each of their last three years of secondary school. To qualify, the students went through a rigorous entrance exam and we were very impressed with their performance on the test. This is encouraging and we hope to do even more in the coming years.

As we plan for next year’s activities we would like to draw your attention to some of the projects we have in mind and that we hope you will help support:

  1. Increased support to the public schools: None of the seven schools we are working with has a functional library. We would like to set up a library in each school that is equipped with books, computers loaded with educational software, and other learning materials. Also, all seven schools are in various stages of disrepair and need a lot of work, including, among others: (i) improving road access to the schools; (ii) equipping the laboratories; and (iii) providing effective and efficient learning aids.
  1. Increased access to healthcare services: Our vision center was overwhelmed by the demand during our outreach. We plan to sponsor periodic “drives” through the General Hospital to provide free vision tests and glasses to indigent members of the community.  We were also approached after the outreach by an amputee in need of prosthetics that we could not support. We would like to help him and others like him in the community and ultimately develop a database for indigent households with needs we can support. We would also like to support the General Hospital’s antenatal program.

To learn more about our programs and our organization, please visit our website ( and sign up for our newsletter. You may also make donations through our website at any time.

Thank you.

Babatunde Abidoye
Director and Co-Founder

Akin Adekeye
Director and Co-Founder

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