I grew up in a village called Nneano, in a small community in Imo State, Nigeria. My mother was a nurse with the local government, she worked in many rural communities at dilapidated maternity centers. We lived barely below the poverty line after my father died, leaving her with the responsibility of raising me, my sister, and my brother. We watched her struggle to feed and take care of us, take care of strangers, and turn our little house into a mini-clinic.
She fed and treated the sick even when we had little to eat, took care of pregnant mothers at our little house because they couldn’t afford the medical bills at the local clinics or the local clinic lacked the resources to help. Yes, some kids were birthed and cared for in our little house where she boiled needles, scissors, etc with hot water to sterilize them. My mother stitched wounds, gave injections, went to people’s homes to treat bedsores, malaria, and all kinds of sickness, The only thing I did not see my mother do was to perform major surgery in our little house.
She was limited by the little resources we had. When we complained of not having enough to eat because she was giving the little we had to people, she would say” Never give treatment to a sick man without offering him food, because most times the sickness is hunger and when not hunger, you can’t treat a sick man on an empty stomach. The prevalent health problem of hunger is still overwhelming today or even worse.
I have seen pain, I have watched loved ones suffer and die of sickness that could have been treated if the resources are available, children and families treated as less human due to illness, I have seen the worst a pregnant mother can go through to give life, families destroyed, and mothers separated from their babies due to poverty
When my mother died, I knew there was no better way to remember her than to continue her good deeds. Her name was Eberechukwu, meaning God’s Mercy. Mercytree International Foundation is in her memory.
I believe in human kindness and that there is a reason for everything. Mercytree is the reason for our vision and mission. A vision to provide a better life through healthcare to those treated as undeserving, and the less privileged. To give them hope, a future, and importantly, a healthy life, and a mission to build a better healthcare infrastructure with a sustainable system in rural African communities.
I am a Government and Public Administration graduate, and an entrepreneur. I worked to help the homeless population in the bay area, California for many years.
If one village woman can care for so many people with no help and at no cost, I believe the power of human kindness can build a healthy Africa, one family, one community at a time. JOIN ME