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A Visit to HVCF

It is always a joy to receive visitors, and that is especially true when the visitors represent those who are friends of long-standing. This was true during the recent visit of Mr. Cosmas Olaniyan to Hope for the Village Child Foundation. Mr. Olaniyan, the DPS (Dialogue and Partnership) Manager represents the MISEREOR organisation in Nigeria. MISEREOR has been supporting HVCF since 2004 to assist children with rickets to enable them to get calcium to strengthen their bones and where necessary, to help arrange for surgery for those children whose bones are too severely deformed for calcium to effect the needed change for the children to have a decent quality of life.

Mr. Olaniyan, because his present employment with DPS was quite recent, had not previously visited HVCF, so his visit was to get acquainted with the organisation and to learn more about the rickets project. One way in which he was able to get a firsthand knowledge of the project was by meeting some of the beneficiaries and seeing some pictures of changes in lives of the children.

(picture of Cosmas talking with the children)

Igwe (Emmanuel Usman). Igwe was a nickname he got after surgery while still under observation. Emmanuel Usman told Mr. Cosmas that he was 16 years old before the surgery and was doing nothing at that time because of his condition. After the surgery and finishing school, he started learning to make shoes and now owns his own shop.

Lami Tanko. Lami is 25 years of age, a student of School of Health Technology Kafanchan Kaduna. She has just finished her final studies as a CHEW (Community Health Extension Worker).

She was 16 years old by the time she had surgery. In her childhood her parents had tried their best to find a cure but to no avail. She was not in school then because of her deformity; the distance to the school from their home was far and walking caused her too much pain. Lami was motivated to complete her primary and secondary school, and then to study to become a Community Health Worker because a health worker came to their village and told her parents about HVCF, what could be done for her, and it was true. So Lami said her path is to also go to communities to help others in spreading the news and assisting others, especially children, to have good health.

The pictures below are correction from Calcium intake

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