Ian Napoleon, 16, of Troop 96, chartered by the People’s Community Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Md., Bethesda, Md., recently completed a remarkable Eagle Scout service project, aiding women and children in Nigeria while helping stop the spread of malaria.
Ian wrote a detailed proposal and research paper about the spread of malaria in Nigeria and FHI 360, a global human development agency, agreed to sponsor the project. Ian’s project delivered insecticide-treated bed nets, known as ITNs, to prenatal clinics and orphanages outside the capital city of Abuja, over his spring break vacation.
“Ian’s project is commendable, not only because of where he chose to do his project, but for reinforcing the fact that Scouting is global and that we must all be good stewards in the international community,” said Les Baron, CEO and Scout Executive of National Capital Area Council.” This achievement shows an exceptional amount of benevolence and planning. He has set the bar, not just for Scouts, but for young people everywhere.”
Ian hopes that his project inspires other Scouts looking earn their Eagle Award and Scouting units in general to think outside-the-box and do a “Good Turn” for the international community, just as he did.
“My advice to other Scouts when they’re planning their project is to look to a community that’s different from theirs and to help the less fortunate,” said Ian.
Check out this video to hear about Ian’s project in his own words.