High school students battle child labor, human trafficking one child at a time

September 27, 2018

Three young people in Nigeria are able to attend school thanks to the efforts of nearly 50 students at Stillwater Area High School (SAHS). As part of the BIZAA (Basic Institute for Zonal African Advancement) Club, which formed last spring, SAHS students are sponsoring three children in Nigeria - providing them with clothes and shoes and an opportunity to attend school. More importantly, they’re giving the African children an opportunity to escape child labor and human trafficking, and providing them with hope and a future.

“We learned about what was happening in Africa and how we had a great opportunity to make a difference in the world,” said Wyatt Wasko, a senior who joined the club last spring. “As a young person you realize how fortunate we are to have clothes and shoes and good schools, and how easy it is to help them [Nigerian children] achieve their dreams and get an education so they can move on with their lives.”

The BIZAA club began raising money last year by selling bracelets and holding fundraisers at local restaurants. They raised more than $2,300 to sponsor Winifred (age 17), Chisom (age 10), and Onyedikachi (age 11). They have pictures of their sponsored students in the room where they meet regularly throughout the year. They’ve also received video messages from the children and receive updates on their progress.

This year the club is hoping to continue to raise funds to help support even more Nigerian children.

Want to learn more? 

Join students from the high school’s BIZAA club at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the high school auditorium. BIZAA’s founder, Okey Anyanwu, will share his inspiring story and provide more details about the situation for children in Nigeria.

Admission is free, but you need to reserve a seat online at sahsfineartsticketing@stillwaterschools.org.