2019 Pre-Medical Mission Trip to Nigeria
In May 2019, GEANCO's medical mission leaders traveled to Life International Hospital in Awka in Anambra State, Nigeria to assess candidates for our November 2019 hip & knee replacement medical mission. The team evaluated 174 candidates in 3 days.
Our Clinton Global Initiative Anemia Program
Our screening of vulnerable women and children for anemia in southeast Nigeria continues on. Anemia is a condition in which not enough healthy red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. The poor blood oxygen levels and blood vessel blockages that result lead to chronic, agonizing pain, severe infections, organ failure and potential death. Nigeria has the world's largest anemia-afflicted population - 75% of its children have the condition, and 1 out of every 5 maternal deaths can be traced to anemia.
Testing for anemia is often not performed in Africa because it traditionally has required invasive blood draws and laboratory analysis, which are often not available, or too expensive. This program of non-invasive testing can therefore have a significantly positive impact maternal and child health outcomes.
Through the Clinton Global Initiative, we partner with the medical technology company Masimo Inc. to screen and treat women and children in Nigeria for anemia quickly and painlessly. We have screened over 25,000 women and children in Nigeria. Since we are the only group in Nigeria using Masimo’s advanced, noninvasive technology, it is almost certain that none of these vulnerable Nigerians would have been tested for anemia but for this special program.
We cover the costs of anemia treatment for up to 400 poor and vulnerable pregnant women in Nigeria each month.
Our Education Program
On November 16, 2017, we officially opened the "Arinze Ejiofor - Godwin Onyema" Sports Field at Brightland Academy in Enugu, Nigeria. This state-of-the-art field is one of the best in the country, and the school held a special ceremony as GEANCO officers Godwin and Afam Onyema formall inaugrated the field. In May 2018, we added a safety and security fence around the field.
In July 2018, we donated hundreds of soccer jerseys, shorts and socks to Brightland Academy and others in southeast Nigeria. In April 2018, we received 20 laptops from Pfizer, which we again gifted to deserving organizations and institutions in Nigeria.
In February 2019, we funded and completed construction of a state-of-the-art basketball-volleyball-tennis court at Brightland. We officially opened the court in May 2019.
David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls
Through our David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship, we cover tuition, room, board, books and supplies, medical care and professional psychological support for young females impacted by Boko Haram and . Five scholars attend the Anglican Girls Grammar School (AGGS) in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. A secondary school for students aged 10 - 15, AGGS is an academic Center of Excellence known for its strong emphasis on science and math. For girls dealing with instability and insecurity, this all-girls boarding school offers a safe and nurturing learning environment. "Our girls" have had a wonderful experience since they began school in September. They enjoy being back in a safe, supportive learning environment with fellow female students and with teachers and administrators who care deeply for them.
As of June 2019, there are 4 scholarship recipients at AGGS and 5 girls at Brigthland Academy. In May 2019, GEANCO's leaders visited each of the girls at their school.
Meet Benedict Cumberbatch & Attend the Avengers®: Endgame Premiere
We ran a special fundraising campaign on Omaze.com offering donors a chance to attend the world premiere of Avengers:Endgame and meet star Benedict Cumberbatch.
Cumberbatch, Afam Onyema & Omaze campaign winner
Afam Onyema & Omaze campaign winner