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LDS Charities Helps Muslim School Children

Shouts of praise were heard at Zumratul Islamiyah Nursery and Primary School on July 7, 2017. LDS Charities, the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presented a new toilet facility to the school, which serves 260 Muslim students from ages three to thirteen years old.


Alhaji Abdul Azeez, chairman of the school, noted his appreciation for the donation, “We are grateful that your Church would do something of such magnitude for this small Muslim school. It is commendable for you to set aside religious beliefs and simply help your fellowmen. Irrespective of our religion, let us do good to all.”

 “We are pleased that Latter-day Saints are mingling with their neighbors and friends,” said President Cornelius Tay of the Nigeria Lagos Mission of the Church. “We are all children of the same God and He loves us so much, regardless of our station in life or our religious beliefs.”

President Tay thanked teachers of the school, the local Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), as well as leaders of the Muslim and Christian community for their cooperation in the project.

He also praised members of the Sagamu Branch of the Church (a small congregation), for their efforts in cleaning and painting the exterior of the entire school.

Comrade Soneye Idowu Olumuyiwa of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), representing Remo Zone, Sagamu, thanked the Church for giving something useful to the school. “The toilets they were using were so bad. Proper sanitation is important,” he said. “The toilets donated by your church, will help prevent life-threatening infections for our students. My sincere thank you to the Latter-day Saints.”

Mrs. E. Odukoya, head teacher of the school said, “This facility will enhance a high state of hygiene in the school, which is very important to the students. I pray that the Lord will bless the people of your church and continue to use them to bless the lives of God’s children.”

Zumratul Islamiyah School was established near Macun Sagamu in Ogun State, Nigeria by a Muslim organization known as Zumratul Islamiyah Society in 1927.

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