The economic downturn in Nigeria for more than a decade had a devastating impact on the socio-economic life of its people. The health of the people had been neglected and the rural people were worse off. Dr. Eugene Nwosu, a Savannah, Georgia based cardiologist, had made several trips back to his homeland Nigeria since 1990, and on each occasion he held a free medical clinic in his country home. He attended to the sick and the needy, giving them free consultation, medications, and money to purchase the medications he did not have. He was quick to realize that such measures were greatly inadequate and really had little impact on the long term health needs of his people.
Upon returning to the United States of America, he shared his experience with Dr. Martin Nwankwo of Detroit, Michigan. He invited Dr. Nwankwo to join in his effort. In July 2001, an expanded medical mission team from Savannah, Georgia and Detroit, Michigan traveled to Ajalli, Nigeria. Over 2,500 patients were treated during a five-day period, but thousands more could have been seen. The mission was successful, but the need of the community was overwhelming. The experience was heartbreaking: complete lack of basic medical care, extreme poverty, and hopelessness.
In October 2001, Dr. Eugene Nwosu and his wife Mary Nwosu, together with Dr's. Mark Manocha and Cliphane McLeod, and Mrs. Joan McLeod established the Goodness & Mercy Foundation, Inc. to offer humanitarian medical services and health/nutrition education to the needy of Africa who otherwise could not afford medical care. Mrs. Vicki Aygekum, a registered nurse living in Savannah, Georgia, joined the Goodness & Mercy Foundation shortly after it was established. With her groundwork and contact in Ghana, Goodness and Mercy had its first summer medical mission to Juaben, Ghana in June, 2003 and Konongo, Ghana in June 2006.
WTOC-TV News Anchor/Reporter Dawn Baker has been supporting our fund raising gala in Savannah for the past several years, presiding over the occasion as the Mistress of Ceremony. Dawn Baker and her TV station joined us on our Konongo mission in June, 2006. The experience was life-changing, and a beautiful documentary on our Konongo effort was produced by WTOC.
We recruit physicians, surgeons, dentists, optometrists, ophthalmologists, nurses, nutritionists, and lay persons to go on the missions. We carry medical and surgical supplies and loaner equipments to our mission sites where we set up operating rooms and perform surgeries. Most touching to me is our team performing free cataract surgeries to people blinded by mature cataract and giving out free reading and prescription glasses to students who could not read their books or adults having difficulty reading their bibles.
Our organization presently supports a small health center in Ajalli. With your support, we will improve the facilities on the ground and hope to expand our programs to Ajalli in Nigeria and Konongo area in Ghana.
Goodness & Mercy Foundation, Inc. brings love, joy, and hope to most appreciative people. Together, we are making a difference.