The Resource Center at Amakohia in Ihitte/Uboma LGA continues to be our site for the outreach in this community. We currently have a functioning source of drinking water supply serving this community at this place. We also conducted this year’s medical mission successfully at center without any difficulty. The availability of toilet facility at the center also contributed to the success of this mission. We have all our donors, friends, organizations like Friends of Nigeria who has made funds available to assist in the remodeling of this building, and all the work that is being done to make sure our dream of having a place to house medical supplies and equipment, reinforcing education on chronic disease management, to thank for all this. We are still working on having a functioning medical laboratory at this center for follow- up care. Secondly, we are trying to get the land scaping done to help in managing the place and to help in making the environment safe and free of some creatures like termites that is destroying some of the medical supplies. We continued to need your help in getting this done.
ACHI have been planning for our annual health screening that is coming up in the month of November. Meanwhile the maintenance program is still in progress with good results. Due to the Boko Haram unrest in the northern part of the country that is displacing a lot of people from the east, we are seeing more people at the Resource center looking for assistance with medical supplies and medications. The numbers keep increasing every month and that is putting a lot of pressure on our financial status and our budget. The water project is still in progress and still need more work to be done to increase the distribution to more families around the community, and to secure the outlets that are already in use. We want to thank you for your continued support in sustaining this program that has really saved a lot of lives. Diabetes and Hypertension continues to be on the rise in Nigeria and more damaging to the individuals in the rural who left without any source of health care and needed supplies and information to manage their conditions.
The water project at the Resource center is near completion. The water tanks have been mounted and the villagers are able to collect water from three different outlets. The outlets still need to be fully secured with concrete flooring and base to make the outlets more stable. The villagers both the young and the old were all out to provide the manual labor needed in laying the pipes. They were over joyed to see the water flow with ease and their ability to collect clean drinking water. The availability of clean water will help in reducing the incidences of intestinal worm infestation in both the children and adults in these community and reduce the cost of deworming the children. We are still in need of your kindness in completing and securing the outlets so that they will last longer.
One of our greatest need at the resource center and the villages around it is source drinking water. With the help of donors at the Friends of Nigeria, coworkers and donors like you, we are able to complete a restroom that has 8 stalls. With the completion of the toilet facility came the immediate need for a source of water supply to help keep the place clean and functional. During this year’s outreach, we decided to construct the borehole in phases. The little fund we raised, we commenced the first phase and this resulted in getting water after drilling down to 460 ft. The first phase is completed and we are looking for help to get the water to the public by mounting a Tank stand with overhead tanks, and piping the water out of the site to where it will be easily accessible to the public. They are currently getting drinking water but limited supply because we still need the reservoir for the water. We are currently trying to raise about $4000 to complete this project. And once completed this will help to reduce the number kids with intestinal worms in this community and others around it. We continued to needed your assistance in the work that we do to bring help to the needy.
African community health initiative is going to Nigeria this month for its annual health screening in four main communities. We are starting on the 15th of November through the 27th. We are anticipating to see more people this year than usual due to the deplorable living condition in Nigeria and the fact is that the country is in a great period of recession and have no idea on how to get out of it. The sad part to this is we are not financially equipped to take on the influx of the population we are going to see and we will end up turning them away.
The toilet facility is now completed and in use. We are still working on making a borehole available at the site to the able to maintain the place and make drinking water available to the community around the resource center. We continue to need your support in the work we do. Our goal is to attend to every individual that make their way to resource center in need of health care.
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