In the recent past, at this time of year I would have been writing to tell you about our summer medical mission trips. However, for the second year in a row, we are not able to conduct our annual medical missions at each one of our 6 clinics. Last summer, the problem was Covid. This year, it’s Covid plus.
Vaccines are still not widely available to most of the people we serve. The Covid lock-downs have had a devastating effect on the economy with the poor suffering the most. Drought and hunger are increasing in the north. Radical Islamic terrorism and banditry and kidnapping are increasing at an alarming rate. Tensions between nomadic Fulani herdsmen and settled indigenous farmers are intensifying with alarming speed and loss of life. The government seems increasingly unable to enforce law and order. A simple Google search of any of these topics will give you all the devastating details. In summary, the conditions of everyday life for most people is getting worse by the day.
However, despite all of the challenges, our clinics are serving more people than ever before. And we are fully committed to staying and helping and increasing our impact on the lives of hurting people. We are not going away. We are not quitting. We are not giving in. And we are not giving up.
In fact, we are receiving new requests for partner clinics from several dioceses all over Nigeria. And we are increasing our footprint with three more clinics in the planning stages. Despite all of the very challenging obstacles, our six partner clinics provide life-saving medical care to people who could not otherwise afford it. You can read about one of these miracles in the next two pages.
Now, more than ever, we need your help. Now, more than ever, your donations will make a real impact on the lives of suffering people. Please keep supporting our work as generously as you can. And remember: 96.5% of your donation goes directly to building clinics, buying medicine and paying medical staff. We work very hard to keep our overhead costs low so that your donations make a real impact.