Mission Trip to Nigeria Helps 800 People

Woman getting an eye exam in NigeriaEarlier this month we were able to support to a mission trip to Ikun-Ekiti, Nigeria. Grace Project International (GPI), a non-profit international development organization that focuses on access to high quality healthcare and education in some of the poorest countries of the world, organized the two day trip.

In just a short amount of time, 20 volunteers were able to see 800 people, and distribute 300 glasses and 100 sunglasses. They also provided comprehensive general health screenings and treatment, surgical care, dental care, ophthalmology screenings and treatment, and sight restoring cataract surgery for those in need.

We were able to support this mission trip thanks to our partnership with Restoring Vision – through them we donated a glasses pack with 300 readers and 100 sunglasses. This makes the 24th mission trip that we have supported in 2017.

Testimonial

“This was a multidisciplinary mission trip, dealing with general health care, including eye care. We were able to help the local village by providing services to many individuals in the area. People even came from neighboring villages, because they heard of the wonderful work that was going on. They were thoroughly appreciative of the glasses that were provided.”

– David Dada O.D., GPI

About Nigeria

Map of Nigeria

Image Credit: US Dept of State

Nigeria is a federal republic in West Africa, bordering Benin in the west, Chad and Cameroon in the east, and Niger in the north. Its southern coast lies on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital is Abuja, one of fastest growing cities in the world.

Nigeria is classified as a mixed economy emerging market, with an abundant supply of natural resources, well-developed financial, legal, communications, transport sectors and stock exchange, which is the second largest in Africa.

The Federal Ministry of Health reports that over one million people in Nigeria are blind. Cataracts are responsible for many cases of blindness – a condition caused by many factors, including ageing, smoking, diabetes and dehydration caused by heat and cholera.

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Jessica Altamirano

Jessica Altamirano

Communications Specialist at National Vision, Inc.
Jessica Altamirano is a proud Veteran spouse who has worked for NVI since 2014. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. Jessica is passionate about corporate-nonprofit partnerships, philanthropic efforts in developing countries, Veteran recruitment, and creating a culture of health and wellness in the workplace.
Jessica Altamirano