It was wonderful to be back in Egbe, Nigeria, earlier this month with a team of volunteers to see the progress on the revitalization of the ECWA School of Nursing and Midwifery, Egbe, and to support the team at Egbe Hospital through planning, training, budgeting, and staff development.
Highlights of the trip included:
Every October, the community declares one day as Unity Day to reinforce unity among the chiefs, clans, and citizens of Egbe. The celebrations also recognize those that have made a big impact on the community and others they wish to honor as chiefs. On October 12th, two members of the Revitalization Team, Moses Igunnubole, Revitalization Project Consultant, and Betsie Campion Smith, Revitalization Project Coordinator were honored with Chieftaincy titles by the Elegbe (King) of Egbe for their service to the community. Betsie’s Chieftaincy title, Yeye Oba of Egbe Land (mother of the King), acknowledges Betsie’s 10 years of commitment to the rebuilding of Egbe Hospital and through her title also honored her grandparents, Dr. Albert and Lola Helser, 3rd General Director of SIM, whom the Elegbe worked with in his youth.
The ceremony included drummers, singing, dancing, and many speeches throughout the five-hour event.
The existing buildings currently used as classrooms and dorms will be repurposed into more classrooms, offices, demonstration rooms and upgraded to serve a population of 300 students for years to come.
We invite you to download a copy of our Fall Newsletter and consider how God can use your gifts and talents in the revitalization of the School of Nursing. Join us in praying for crucial personnel at Egbe: Chief Operating Officer/Hospital Administrator, Construction Manager, Nurse Educators, and Family Medicine Physicians.
Thank you for your interest, your prayers, and your partnership in this huge project that is bringing Hope, Healing, and Training to such a remote area of Nigeria.
Partnering with you to make a lasting impact.
Enjoy some other pictures of our volunteers hard at work: