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Nigerian Health Center Renovation

April 17, 2013
Brainstorming ideas for the posters used to decorate the inside of the health center.

Brainstorming ideas for the posters used to decorate the inside of the health center.

Together, a group of KL-YES alumni, recently selected KL-YES students and several volunteers got together to renovate the Primary Healthcare Center in Wadata, Benue State, Nigeria in honor of the KL-YES 10th anniversary.

The group of 13 used IRIS funding to carry out the two-day renovation project, which included giving the walls a fresh coat of paint, repairing window nets and ceiling repairs. A waiting hall was also decorated with hand-written informative messages educating patients on topics such as washing your hands and childcare.

The Benue State KL-YES Coordinator, Mmaasuur Gambe said that it was a great project, because it gave a group of young people the opportunity to reach out and help a community. She said that the people within the community were “very excited” to receive assistance from a source other than the Nigerian government. “The alumni are doing this, and are willing to do more if they can,” said Gambe.

The volunteer work was documented on several Nigerian websites and newspapers.

Below is a list of participants and event attendees, as well as a several additional photos of the renovation process.

The main entrance to the health center.

The main entrance to the health center.

2010-2011 KL-YES Alumni:

Roseline Teghtegh

Halima Idris

Mimidoo Shie

Michael Ikwuyum

Nigerian KL-YES 2013-2014 students:

Emmanuel

Emmanuella

Kelvin

Blessing

Ceiling repairs

Ceiling repairs

Volunteers:

Isaiah Adadu

Kator Azongo

Mike Oyih

Samson Gambe

Benue State KL-YES Coordinator- Mrs. Mmaasuur Gambe

Attendees:

Rep. Commissioner for Education, Hon. Elizabeth Ugo

Makurdi Local Government Rep.

Teamwork during the renovation process.

Teamwork during the renovation process.

Council Chairman, Hon. Godwin Donko

District Development Chairman, Chief Y.A. Asose

Rep. Head of Dept., Makurd Local Government Health Director Mrs. Deborah Chagu

District Elder, Alhaji Baban Iya

Chief Matron PHC, Wadata, Mrs. Hannah Nyakuma

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