I have woken up today with a challenge at hand, one that I would like to share with you. I received a letter from a friend of 15 years asking for my help, and I will share that letter with you below, along with inviting you to be a part of this challenge, in whatever form that takes for you.
My friends name is Dr. Chukwuemeka P.M. Obiajunwa, PhD. and he has been an amazing inspiration to me from the moment we met. His story is astounding; Obiajunwa is an international trade broker and consultant who has done business in the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Asia and the Scandinavian countries for over 17 years. He has traveled extensively all over the world on trade missions, visits and exhibitions. He has served on various federally and provincially sponsored trade missions to many countries.
“In 1998, I traveled to the Great Lake region of East Africa on business. There I came face-to-face with starving, skeleton-like people, sick with disease, and dying of thirst. I saw poverty in its most brutish, unforgiving form. I was horrified. For months, I was haunted by what I saw in East Africa when I returned to Canada. I felt strongly that I must do something to alleviate the suffering and human misery that I witnessed. I believe very firmly that there must be a better way to resolving the human tragedy that is Africa. Hence, the raison d’etre for Africa We Care!”
– Dr. Chukwuemeka P.M. Obiajunwa, PhD
He left a successful career, bought a van and put his life savings into starting Africa We Care in 1998 and I had the pleasure of meeting him in 2000. While I was still living in Edmonton, I was honored serving in the form of putting on benefit concerts, fundraisers and doing media appearances to raise awareness. Its been 15 years and the organization has grown so much under his leadership.
I am blessed to know so many outstanding people and trust that some of you can join me in this challenge to help my friend. With that said, let me share the letter with you, and I open my heart with gratitude for however is possible for you to get involved.
Hi there, Kent:
I hope you are doing and keeping well. It has been quite a while since we had a sustained communication. Nevertheless, I feel that Africa We Care is a cause that still resonates with you despite the distance between us and the lull in communication. And I do commend you for that.
My cursory review of some of your sites engaged my attention to some of the quotations therein that spoke loudly and eloquently to me:
A problem is a chance for you to do your best. –Duke Ellington;
Nobody who ever gave his best (ever) regretted it. –George Halas;
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. –Earl Nightingale.
Buoyed by these that validate my belief system, and encouraged by the enduring friendship that is personified in the fact that you subscribe to, and identify with the Cause that I espouse to and champion, I am prompted to write you today.
Africa, you know is beset by myriads of seemingly intractable challenges, of which the most penicious is health. In all human endeavors, health comes first. Hence, at Africa We Care, we have streamlined our operations to place health matters and considerations in Africa as our first priority in the past two years now.
It is unconscionable that in this day and age, many Africans – men, women, and especially children routinely and needlessly die of the most easily preventable and remedied of diseases like fever, headache, diarrhea, malaria, etc. One in 4 children still die before their first birthday; One in 5 women still die in child birth. The ugly statistics could go on and on.
Last year, Africa We Care acquired a rundown hospital-clinic in Nigeria with a view to renovating, revamping, and reequipping it. To this effect, we have been able to acquire a large quantity of hospital equipment, instruments, furnishings, and medicines to load up 5 X 40ft containers (sea cans) ready for shipment to Africa. Our clear and present challenge is to raise the funds required to defray the freight cost of these sea cans to Africa. At the minimum, we need to raise about US$30,000.
My appeal to you, Kent is to help us in any way possible that you, and only you can devise, to enable us to obtain some funds, through your vast array of centers-of-influence.
At the onset, please do respond to me; make direct contact with me as quickly as you can. At the very least, I am always recharged whenever I hear from you.
Sincerely, your friend
Ill be doing my part too – this article is just the beginning 🙂
Thanks for reading and I truly appreciate everyone of you, and if you don’t have the time or money, sharing this article would be a wonderful contribution. The universe works in interesting ways, as the same day this letter arrived, I did an interview talking about finding the cause that resonates with you and supporting it in whatever way you can… So, I’m listening 😉
Kent Speakman attend the SIA – Survivors of Institutional Abuse Event – Los Angeles July 2015 http://sia-now.org
About Africa We Care
Africa We Care is a non-profit organization incorporated in Alberta, and recognized by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency as a Charitable Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) – Registration Number: 86065-3930 RR0001. Africa We Care is dedicated to the alleviation and total elimination of suffering in Africa.