Hello friends and colleagues,
In October of 2023, I will be traveling to Oraifite, Nigeria to participate in an open-heart medical mission with the VOOM Foundation.
Our team will utilize our expertise to train and educate the local cardiac staff at the Dame Irene Okwuosa Memorial Hospital. We will also focus our care on underserved pediatric patients and those who cannot afford the high cost of open-heart surgery.
In 2013, there was not a single facility in Nigeria where you could receive heart surgery. The VOOM Foundation changed all that by partnering with local hospitals, providing infrastructure, equipment and supplies to start a local program. VOOM Foundation medical teams travel into the country several times a year with two goals...to teach and to serve a population that otherwise would not receive care.
I am really looking forward to serving in this capacity, sharing a smile with these children who need care, building connections and leaving a sustainable impact.
If you feel called, I am raising funds to help cover the extra costs of travel and medical supplies I will bring with me on this trip, and supporting the mission of the VOOM Foundation and the people we will serve with hopes of building a healthier and more resilient community.
With much gratitude,