Support Through Volunteers and Construction of Kassie Braun Memorial Schools in Abakaliki, Nigeria

About the Kassie Braun Memorial Schools

Kassie Braun Memorial Schools is a private Catholic Christian nursery/elementary and secondary school of applied practical knowledge, situated in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State of Nigeria.


The School was founded in 2016 by the effort of Rev. John Bosco O. Ikemeh of the Order of Preachers and the team of generous men and women he rallied together. Its doors are open to boys and girls from all backgrounds and nationalities; those of faith and no faith too.

Words from Rev. John Bosco O. Ikemeh

The school is named in memory of “my daughter”, Kassandra Arielle Braun (December 19, 1996 – November 7, 2017) whose passion for the poor led her to leave the comfort of her home in the United States to travel to Ghana West Africa to teach in a rural school. She was determined to finish college and head back to Ghana to live among the poor and help educate the children who were less privileged than she was. She did not live to accomplish that dream, but she woke us all up to think about people less privileged than ourselves and to help them to have a chance to compete. Kassie challenges us to give from the abundance of what we have received. Her spirit lives in this school.

Our education at Kassie Braun Memorial Schools is no ordinary education. Graduates from our school will be distinguish not by the background they come from, but their zeal for academic excellence, character development, openness to new experiences, their aspiration to recognize and appreciate all of God’s gifts and their readiness for a life of service. The school motto is “gratis accepistis, gratis date,” Freely you have received, freely you give.

For more information on the Kassie Braun Memorial Schools project visit:  https://africaneducationoutreach.org/


Kassandra “Kassie” Arielle Braun lived a vibrant life but also rejoiced in life’s simple pleasures. Like the simple and “little way” modeled by her chosen confirmation Saint Therese of Lisieux, the “Little Flower”.  Her life serves as an example for all of us to do little things with great love. Kassie embodied otherness versus selfishness and never met a stranger. In her short life, Kassie’s boundless soul eagerly traveled the world to touch as many people as she could with her joy and love. Like Kassie, we can give of our time, heart, treasure to help people in need of a smiling face, a warm meal, a hug, a roof over their head, a scholarship to travel the world and meet people far and wide and be an ambassador of love as Kassie was. 

"Sending positive thoughts to the Universe and God"

-20 year old Kassie on SAS FA '17

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