Welcome to the website of the
New Patron for NHCP
For our 25th birthday on October 1st (Nigeria’s Independence Day) NHCP we enjoyed the welcome of Methodist Central Hall Westminster where we joined in their Church Anniversary service and meal. Nigel Cowgill, Co-Chair of London District, was preacher at an afternoon service of The Nigerian Methodists Chaplaincy, UK and Ireland, and NHCP was endorsed as the Chaplaincy’s main charity.
The climax of the day was the prize-giving ceremony for the NHCP Short Story competition ‘Welcome to My World’ judged by award-winning author Chibundu Onuzo. As well as reading an excerpt from her second novel Welcome to Lagos, Chibundu sang in Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo and encouraged the audience to join in other songs. First prize (£100) went to Chijioke John Ojukwu for his brilliant story In Search of the Sun. The other three short-listed writers will all receive a signed copy of Welcome to Lagos.
NHCP is thrilled to announce that Chibundu Onuzo has agreed to be Patron of NHCP, alongside Chief Bode Akindele. As well as being a successful author, Chibundu is completing her PhD in London and writes for The Guardian. She is a great role model and we hope that her association with NHCP will encourage more young adults to get involved with NHCP.
Pictures above (click on a picture to enlarge it):
Ali Redmore (NHCP Chair) watches as Chibundu Onuzo receives an inscribed pen from Susan Solanke (NHCP Vice-Chair)
Chijioke John Ojukwu receives first prize from Chibundu Onuzo
Chibundu Onuzo sings
The latest NHCP DVD is now available and features highlights from the trustees and trainers visits to Nigeria earlier this year. It lasts 18 minutes and is designed to be used in meetings about the project.
New flower cards AND the 2017 Christmas Card
The NHCP printers have been busy! We now have four new flower card designs for sale. We have kept our prices the same, see order form for details
Training in neonatal resuscitation and care
During February and March 2017 we completed two weeks of further training in church hospitals in Abia and Benue States. This year we were keen to evaluate the programme. 39 out of a total of 91 participants had been previously trained and came back for a ‘refresher’ course where their skills were evaluated and some new training provided.
Early in the first week, our evaluations showed that it had proved difficult for staff to retain their skills. In partnership with local training coordinators, we emphasised core resuscitation skills and found ways to ensure that people will be able to practice their skills regularly.
Trustees’ Visit February- March 2017
A small group of trustees visited all the places we support, except for Damishi and Galadima in Kaduna State which were off-limits due to security concerns. Reports on each centre have been updated on this website. We were encouraged to see progress on the building of the Wesley Guild Centenary Hospital at Odo Village, Ishara, Remo Diocese. This was started with seedcorn funding raised by NHCP in 2012 and is continuing with a major donation from Sir Kessington Adebutu, a local philanthropist
Left: Ali Redmore, NHCP Chair, speaking at Odo, Ishara, Remo Diocese
Right: Walking the foundations of Wesley Guild Centenary Hospital
Reverend Muriel Frampton Bequest
Muriel was a long-term supporter of NHCP. Disabled by polio as a child, she did not allow her physical disabilities to constrain her life and ministry, which included working as a mission partner in Kenya. By all accounts, she was a remarkable woman. Generous in life, she has given NHCP a large bequest after her death. Bids have been invited from centres in Nigeria for funding of infrastructure projects that will improve their sustainability. Working with Methodist Church Nigeria, we have an unprecedented opportunity, and responsibility, to use her bequest to improve the health of poor people in Nigeria.
Association of FriendsNHCP has an Association of Friends who give money regularly to ensure that salaries of essential staff in Nigeria continue to be paid.
One of the people we support is Esther Yakubu, a nurse midwife at Galadima Health Centre in Kaduna State. Here she is training others.
We currently have 90 members of the Association of Friends. Our target of reaching 120 has been extended to June 2016. If you are interested in becoming a Friend please contact Jenny Benfield: Tel: 01284 702157 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
An Association of Friends leaflet is available.
2017 AGM Minutes and Financial Report
NHCP Review of the Year 2016-2017
A letter on how to bequest a legacy to NHCP
Stories, leaflets and map available
Greetings cards, crosses and booklets
List of Trustees
© NHCP 2017 All rights reserved