Thursday, July 20, 2006

Charity Begins at Home: Dr Mercy Obeime Founder Mercy Foundation

"Whether at home in Indianapolis or back home in Nigeria, Obeime's strong commitment to public health enhances the quality of life for women, their children and families, and their communities.": Local Legends Website honoring the remarkable, deeply caring women doctors transforming medical practice and improving health care for all across America.


The Mercy Foundation Inc, a U.S based heathcare non-profit organization founded by a Nigerian physician Dr Mercy Obeime (pictured, and a local legend in Indianapolis, watch video) runs free 'healthcare retreat' in Uromi (Edo State), a mid-western town in Nigeria. The foundation just concluded a 2 week mission in the town earlier this month.

According to 'The Duke', Louis Ebodaghe the founder of the Atlanta based HopeShare Foundation Inc and one of the personnel that participated in the program; this year's mission- done in collaboration with Pro Health Foundation a Nigeria based Heathcare non-profit organization- was a huge success.

All the participants paid their way to and from Nigeria, and despite the inconveniences and logistic hassles associated with organizing a medical mission of this scale; the morale and spirit of the participants was high throughout and they accomplished their mission successful. The turnout was massive; the personnel which included two American high school students, worked tirelessly from dawn till dusk attending to their 100-a-day patient workload.

If some- including strangers- could devote their time, energy and resources to the betterment of Nigerians, the least the Nigerian government can do is offer logistic and administrative support...I wonder if this is being done.

Related link: American Students Bail Out Nigerian Law College