Continuing Our Efforts
In Trying Times
Dear family and friends,
COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on communities around the world. So much so that it almost seems inappropriate to change the subject or not for a second think of the many who have lost loved ones. We hope the news you’re about to read encourages you as we all continue to deal with this trial.
Our worries about flying during Nigeria’s harmattan season, and the early COVID-19 rumblings in February, caused us to cancel our usual late winter or early spring trip to continue our HPV vaccination project. Guess what? Our local volunteers in Nigeria carried out the immunization of 176 girls despite our absence. All we had to do was pay for the vaccines and their delivery to Uyo and Calabar. We’re extremely proud of these volunteers, led by Dr. Margaret Akpan. Their dedication and effort has made a huge difference. Our volunteers also finished installing bookshelves in the library of a Calabar school we’ve adopted—National Youth Service Corps Secondary School.
Here in the United States, we’ve continued our mental health awareness work. To a church in Maryland, our executive director, Dr. Itoro Ibia, gave a Zoom presentation on how to cope with the stress the current circumstances have brought about. Numerous others have reached out to her about the same thing. With empathy and faith, she has offered help and words of wisdom.
“One of the things I’ve learned during this time is we are more alike than different,” Dr. Ibia said. “We all have some anxiety, but we can help each other cope if we reach out and help. Even if we do so while sitting in front of our computer screens or by wearing our masks and gloves.”
Thanks for spending a little time reading about our latest developments. We are praying that you and yours stay safe and well.
Ekopimo Ibia Foundation