September 16, 2016
(emailed from Nigeria to Fr. John Direen)
Dear Fr. Direen and Parishioners,
Very happy to read from you and glad that you are praying for the success of our mission. Indeed, it is a great mission and one that will bring peace and joy to the people of God here. I have started meeting people for the mission. Last week, I met with nursing mothers at a local health center and we talked about children immunization, and importance of breast feeding. A picture is enclosed.
I will inform you of the details as things begin to unfold. The truth is that people are suffering especially the poor. Feeding is a problem. Hunger is affecting many people due to bad leadership and falling value of the local currency. I had to buy two bags of rice for small community of women to share to feed their families. It was a big relief.
About my university assignment, things are going on well. Two of the graduate students in my course: Advanced Disease Control and Surveillance are medical doctors. I will recruit them to help our mission. Definitely, we will need a little more funding to buy drugs and pay for laboratory test. I will inform you as soon as I finish meeting with local health staff and supporters of our mission. We will only do a little at moment in order to be effective. WE cannot solve all the problems. Little by little we put smile on the face of people.
For you information, I have received through my wife a $100 donation from a parishioner to support our mission. There were a couple of $20 donations totaling $80 I got from parishioners before I left. Please thank them for me.
Once again, thank you for your support. We and the people of Nigeria in Imo State are very grateful with your generosity.
Dr. Raymond Chimezie
Health for Schools & Communities Foundation &
U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Nigeria
Note from Fr John
St. David of Wales Parish also gave Dr. Chimezie a check for $1000.00 from the 2nd collection we took in August and from our general account to help with the charitable work he will be doing in Nigeria.
Dr. Raymond Chimezie, PhD.; M.A.Ed., FRSPH
Active parishioner at St David of Wales, 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar and Author, President & Founder of the nonprofit organization: Health for Schools and Communities Foundation (click here) . Read Dr. Chimezie's full bio by clicking on the link below: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymond-chimezie-phd-m-a-ed-frsph-0090a944