Father Tom interviewing John Baba at the refugess camp in Nigeria.
The sights and sounds of health ministry in a refugee camp. One of many heartbreaking stories I heard this day: one of our nurses attended to a child suffering from malnutrition. The nurse encouraged the mother to breast feed the child. The woman told her
I am not the mother. She was killed in the crisis. I am trying to keep this child alive, but i don't have any milk in my breasts.
The “Nancy Mason Memorial Health Centre” in Iburu is dedicated to the memory of the late Nancy Mason.
when she was a child, Nancy dreamed of being a missionary. Her missionary dreams were put on hold when she married after graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in nursing in 1962.
Besides raising her own children, Nancy worked as a school nurse in an elementary school in South Windsor, Connecticut for 26 years, overseeing the health of more than 500 young children. Nancy always had a heart for children.
Nancy came down with breast cancer in 1983 and fought a long and courageous battle. She died in 1996. In 2013, Nancy’s husband, the Rev. Alan Mason, donated funds to Kateri Medical Services to cover the cost of construction of the new clinic in Iburu. In a joint decision by Kateri Medical Services and the Diocese of Kaduna, we dedicated the new clinic in Nancy’s memory.
At the Dedication Service in July 2016, Bishop Timothy Yahaya, head of the Diocese of Kaduna, told the congregation: “This Clinic is dedicated to the memory of a woman who wanted to be a missionary when she was a small girl. She was a school nurse who dedicated her life to caring for children. In this clinic, her work will go on. And she is now serving as a missionary here in this place dedicated to her name."