Our plan of establishing a functional laboratory to serve our beneficiaries of this medical outreach was put on hold due to COVID pandemic and funding. ACHI is starting back on our annual medical outreach this November and we are also going to continue to pursue the plan of having the lab started at this center. We will continue to source for funding and medical equipment needed to achieve this goal. We continue to thank all our donors towards this dream that will improve the lives of many in the villages. There are a lot needed to accomplish this goal in form of cash donations and medical equipment
The just concluded maintenance program in the three communities; Amakohia, Avutu and Umugolo all in Imo state Nigeria went very well. We were able to pack 450 bags of food containing the following items: 18 cups of Brown Beans, 18 cups of Black eye peas, 18 cups of Rice, a packet of Maggie cubes, Onions and Tomatoes. Every individual was also given six months supply of their medications, to last them until the next anticipated Outreach in the month of November. The living conditions in the country continue to worsen. The security situation in the country is getting worse every day and no known solution is in sight,
One of our goal on this concluded trip, was to assess the situation on ground and to start recruiting for mission 2022. We discovered that most of the volunteers have left the country in search of better lives for their families. Also some of them relocated to different states in search of jobs. ACHI will be conducting a seven days outreach in the three communities for case finding and health education. We are expecting a great number of people this year because of the debilitated condition of some of the health clinics in Nigeria and the poverty level that has been on the rise. We continue to thank our donors who have followed us, believed in our missions and the work we do in bringing hope and help to the hopeless and helpless. Your financial assistance and prayers have always been our strength in reaching these people. Your help is needed now, more than ever. The state of hunger and hopelessness is also on the rise,
The pandemic has really affected the way we do things at ACHI. We have gone two years without being able to carry out the Outreach program in the areas that we serve in the rural areas in Imo State Nigeria. Our goal of bringing health care to the less privileged in the areas where is no or limited access to health due to financial difficulty and availability of any functioning healthcare institutions in these areas, continues to be our main goal and focus.
During this period of uncertainty in the country due to the unrest, increased insecurity and poverty level, we have come to realize the need for food availability and not just medications for those on the maintenance program. We were able to package and distributed 450 bags of food to families during our November/December maintenance program. Each food bag was made up of 18 cups of raw rice, 18 cups of Brown beans, 18 cups of Black eye peas, onions, Tomatoes and Maggi seasoning.
We also gave the participants on the maintenance program 5months supply of their medications to make sure they have their medications incase the Covid hits them hard. We are getting ready to embark on another trip by end of April to do another food distribution and medication management. Making food available gave them hope and make their medication compliance easier.
There are a lot of needs out there and many people looking for any form of assistance in life. We can only do much and hope and pray to do more and reach more people but we cannot due to financial constrain. We cannot thank our friends, Friends of Nigeria, St Mary's women Guild of Christ Episcopal Church in Woodbury and members of the congregation, Fr Gerald Onuoha Foundation and Paschal Nwokocha and his family. We will do more and reach more people with more financial support.
The work on our Resource continues to move very slowly due in part the result of the COVID -19 pandemic. Our goal establishing a functional laboratory for disease management and proper diagnosis continues to be a thing of great need and great importance for this program. The Resource Center continues to serve as the venue for the maintenance program and food drive. Due to the increase in the level of poverty and starvation, ACHI included a food distribution exercise with the maintenance program last year to help alleviate hunger and starvation among the population we serve and other villagers around the center. We have bee able distribute staple foods like uncooked Rice, Black-eyed peas, and Brown beans. There is a great need for this additional program in the communities. The poor in the villages are suffering more than the rest of the populations, because most of them are dependent on the ones living in the Towns for source food and health maintenance. Since the hardship is nationwide, the ones living in the Towns are barely making ends meet, and as such don't extra to give the relatives in the villages. We continue to seek support from friends, families and supporters in continuing this work of mercy. We cannot thank everyone enough for your continued support and generosity over the years. We are who we are and doing the work we do before of you. Thanks again
ACHI has put on hold this year’s annual Medical Outreach at the Resource center due to unrest and increased insecurity in Nigeria that has spread to the Eastern Region. We were advised by the volunteers on ground to considering postponing the program this while we watch the situation closely. This has also affected the decision on starting the construction of the medical laboratory at the site. The laboratory project was put on hold last due to the pandemic. We continue to carry out the monthly maintenance program at the site with caution. We are hoping that the condition will get better for us continue with the project and provided the needed services to the community. We appreciate your continued dedication in assisting us to serve the less privileged and under served in this part of the world. Help is still needed to fully equip the lab for its needed functions.
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