Apr 6, 2021

GEANCO Foundation Updates

Godwin Onyema Maternity Center
Godwin Onyema Maternity Center

We are most excited about the progress we've made in building our maternity center network in rural southeast Nigeria.  We've built and commissioned two solar-powerd centers, with three more planned before the end of the year.

We continue to screen and treat vulnerable pregnant women for anemia every day, and continue to provide safe delivery "mama kits" to 45 rural clinics.  We are also funding the construction of new science laboratories and a meeting hall at Brightland Academy, one of our partner schools in southeast Nigeria.  

We also launched an exciting fundraising campaign. Donors can enter to win an all-eletric Porsche Taycan Turbo and $20,000.  Acclaimed actor and musician Tyrese (Fast & the Furious, Transformers) headlines this campaign for us.

Godwin Onyema Maternity Center
Godwin Onyema Maternity Center
First child born at Godwin Onyema Maternity Center
First child born at Godwin Onyema Maternity Center
Solar power at Julia Burke Maternity Center
Solar power at Julia Burke Maternity Center
Tyrese and Porsche Taycan Turbo Omaze campaign
Tyrese and Porsche Taycan Turbo Omaze campaign

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Jan 10, 2021

GEANCO Leadership Scholarship for Girls - Updates

Schools in Nigeria closed last April through August as the COVID-19 pandemic spread and raged.  Our scholarship recipients quarantined in their villages throughout the country.  

The girls had no access to smartphones, computers, school lessons, or reading materials. They didn't even have paper books to read.  We therefore donated tablets to our scholars and hundreds of other students to help them continue reading and learning during the quarantine.  We partnered with Worldreader to preload those tablets with hundreds of West African books.  We are donated tablets and Worldreader apps to our partner schools in Ibadan, Enugu, Abuja and Jos.

When schools opened again last August, the tablets and reading material were integrated into the academic programs at our partner schools.  The students continue to read and learn at a higher level than before the pandemic.  We donated 220 tablets in 2020 and will provide another 110 tablets to worthy students in the first quarter of 2021.

We currently have 34 scholarship recipients at 4 schools - Brightland Academy in southeast Nigeria, Foundations Academy in northern Nigeria, Anglican Girls Grammer School in the capital of Abuja, and Fruitful Vines in southwest Nigeria. 

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Dec 16, 2020

What We Did Together in Nigeria this Year

Our Julia Burke Maternity Center opened this year
Our Julia Burke Maternity Center opened this year

Thanks to you and our entire GEANCO family of donors, we accomplished great good together in the face of significant challenges and disruptions this year.

As the coronavirus pandemic took fatal hold in Nigeria, we provided local health workers, traditional birth attendants (TBAs), and our partner hospitals with over 50,000 donations of much-needed PPE. We also trained them on COVID-19 precautionary measures using the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.

We also provided critical support to Nigerian schoolchildren quarantined in their villages with no means of mental stimulation and engagement – no laptops, no smartphones, no physical books. We have provided 240 tablets preloaded with educational software and hundreds of West African books to Nigerian youth all over the country. These tablets allowed our partner schools to initiate successful remote learning programs, ensuring these students won’t be hindered in their continued educational progress and advancement.

We were proud to partner with Yahoo! to present STOR14S, a children’s fiction podcast series supporting our coronavirus initiatives.  Listen to stories read by acclaimed actors Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, David Oyelowo, Zoe Saldana, Jeff Daniels, Thandie Newton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and more.

We also funded and built the Julia Burke Maternity Center, our first mobile clinic.  Through this clinic, we are provided high-quality care to pregnant women, young mothers, and their babies. 

Our Safe Delivery Mama Kit program continued unabated throughout 2020, allowing us to help hundreds of pregnant women safely deliver healthy babies in rural clinics in southeast Nigeria.  We also continued to screen pregnant women for anemia and cover the cost of treat for the most vulnerable ones.

Our UNBREAKABLE JOY Virtual Gala for Africa debuted on October 24 and is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk_197VeFM4  

You can also purchase original art created by our scholarship girls at: http://donate.realher.com/

Second baby born at Julia Burke Maternity Center
Second baby born at Julia Burke Maternity Center
UNBREAKABLE JOY Virtual Gala for Africa
UNBREAKABLE JOY Virtual Gala for Africa

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