Dear Friends, Family and Colleagues,
I am headed to Nigeira! I have been blessed to be chosen by VOOM Foundation to serve in their December 2018 open-heart medical mission. My profession and my passion to serve will combine together to meet the needs of indigent patients in need of heart surgery! I will be training and educating the local Nigerian staff, to teach them best practices pertaining to respiratory therapy. I feel so excited and so blessed to be part of making change in the world, especially in Africa.
My heart has recently been drawn to Africa when I began sponsoring 2 children from another organization, one in Tanziania and another in Burkina Fasco. I have learned a great deal about their countries; including a bit of Swahalii! I also am very active in Operation Christmas Child and my area sends boxes to Africa. When I saw this opportunity, I just knew it was a calling to me. I don’t really know what I expect to get out of this experience, but I know I will be immensely blessed by it. I would like to ask my friends and family to support me on my journey to make change in another part of the world. Below is more information about VOOM Foundation below.
In 2014, VOOM Foundation through a partnership with the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, restarted the once abandoned open-heart program in Nigeria. Nigerian’s suffering from heart disease either traveled out of the country for surgery or died. In Nigeria, with the population of 175M at the time, it was the only opportunity for Nigerians suffering from heart disease to get surgery. VOOM travels several times a year to Nigeria to perform life-saving surgery to those in need. To date, VOOM Foundation leads all health organizations in open-heart in the country. The long-term goal of VOOM Foundation is to create a sustaining healthcare program based on quality that provides impartial healthcare to everyone despite their ability to pay.