Since 2003, we have been partnering with local church leaders in Nigeria to help them provide simple, decent and affordable medical care to people who cannot otherwise afford it. Our mission is to follow the example of Jesus Christ, who proclaimed the Kingdom of God and healed the sick as a sign of God’s love for people. Our clinics are part of the Church’s mission to teach and live and demonstrate the love of God.
We began in 2002 when a team from Trinity Episcopal Church in Tariffville, Connecticut in the United States visited our long-time friend Bishop Josiah Fearon in the Anglican Diocese of Kaduna. At that time, Bishop Josiah showed us an empty building in Kateri where he hoped to open a medical clinic. Prior to that time, a member of Kaduna Diocese, Dr. Adekunle Alao, had been conducting mobile clinics in the rural villages around Kateri. Dr. Alao felt that the needs of the local people could be better served if a full-time clinic were established in Kateri (about 90 minutes drive from the nearest medical facility Kaduna). The team from the US left Kaduna with a commitment to raise enough funds to hire a doctor and two nurses for the Kateri Clinic. In May of 2003, we raised enough money to fund the clinic for the next three years, and the clinic was opened. Since that time, we have run Kateri Clinic 365 days per year. We now have a full-time staff of 21 medical and non-medical workers here. We help about 8,000 people per year through the year-round clinic, the mobile clinics and the annual free medical mission.
In 2016, we built and opened or second clinic at Iburu (also in partnership with the Diocese of Kaduna). The funds to build this clinic were given by the family of Nancy Mason, and American nurse who died several years ago. The funds to staff this clinic were donated by an anonymous donor who has given us enough to hire medical staff for five years.
In April 2018, we opened our third clinic in Gidan Waya (in partnership with the Diocese of Kafanchan). The funds to build this clinic were donated by the estate of the late Arthur Bradley. The new clinic is named The Arthur and Esther Bradley Memorial Anglican Hospital in Gidan Waya. We held our first Medical Mission at the new clinic in April 2018 and served 2,230 people in the first week. We are currently recruiting and hiring staff to run this clinic full time.
In October 2018, we expect to open our fourth clinic in Gusau (in partnership with the Diocese of Gusau). The new clinic, which is currently under construction, will be named Graceland Hospital. It is being build adjacent to Graceland International School, a primary and secondary school which is also owned and run by the Diocese of Gusau).
We are currently in early conversations with other potential partners in Nigeria. Our goal is to have 10 clinics built and serving people by 2025.