Welcome to the website of the
Last update: 9th January 2017
This site tells you about our work and how you can support it.
Nigeria Health Care Project is a registered charity No 1112932
The project was launched in April 1992 in order to revive the work of the Wesley Guild in medical mission, which began at Ilesha Hospital in 1912. From just two (centres) projects in 1992, we are currently involved in funding 16 projects.
- To work with the local Methodist Church Nigeria leadership in providing health care facilities and trained personnel in areas of Nigeria which have poor or non-existent services as an expression of our common Christian love and discipleship
- To work with the Nigerian diaspora to raise awareness and funds for the above cause.
- To work with the World Church Relationships Team of the Methodist Church in Britain to continue a creative partnership with Methodist Church Nigeria,
- To raise funds and be good stewards of our financial resources.
Our Silver Year
When Peter Grubb and the Revd John Pritchard launched the Project in 1992 they could not have imagined just how much has been achieved in 25 years. In the early days, NHCP played a key role in galvanising interest and focusing support for health care in Nigeria from Wesley Guilds in the UK. By October 2017 we anticipate that over £1.5m will have been raised from all sources, a remarkable achievement.
During this quarter century the world has moved on. We are in an equal partnership with Methodist Church Nigeria (MCN) and are blessed with excellent working relationships with the MCN Health Secretary Deaconess Ronke Oworu. Mobile phones and e-mail mean that we can communicate so much more quickly and easily with our friends in Nigeria.
More recently we have been able to offer training of health workers in Nigeria – with volunteer training facilitators in Nigeria working hand in hand with colleagues from the UK.
In 2017 we hope to further develop the curriculum in newborn care with our friends in Abia State and train more trainers in Benue State.
We will have lots to tell you about as the year unfolds – see below for some more highlights.
Short Story Competition – watch this space
As part of our celebrations we will be running a short story competition, with the aim of encouraging younger adults to develop an interest in the work of NHCP. We are delighted to announce that the shortlist will be judged by Chibundu Onuzo, the well-known young Nigerian novelist (author of The Spider King’s Daughter and Welcome to Lagos). The competition will open in March, when more details will be available on this website.
A glittering awards ceremony to be held in London on October 1st – Nigerian Independence Day
Trustees visit 2017
A small group of trustees are gearing up to visit the places we support during February and March this year. It is important for trustees to see for themselves how donations have been spent, exciting to see the progress that has been made in many centres and encouraging to witness the dedication of so many hard-working local staff. Our friends in Nigeria have so many inspiring stories to share.
Trustees now visit every three years, which saves money and helps to ensure that less than 5% of the funds we raise is spent on core costs
Association of Friends
NHCP 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 email@example.com
An Association of Friends leaflet is available.