Friends, this is a picture Dan took for me this week with a young lady that works with an NGO here in Nigeria providing free family planning services and training. In an area where mother and infant mortality are so high and knowledge is so limited on these subjects I thought it was awesome that they were offering this service of IUD’s and Implants as well as education all at no cost to the client.
Well, I guess that some people in power in our local health care facilities saw this as a means to financial gain for themselves. There were a few facilities that said, “pay us money and we will let you use our facility to treat clients”. There were some that said, pay us or we will call the police and have you removed.
This young woman and the other 3 members of her team went back 4 days early because no facilities would allow them to distribute free education and resources for family planning as well as the Birth Control needed.
Friends, corruption is everywhere, I am not that naïve! Unfortunately it is very alive and well here in Nigeria and permeates all aspects of life here. Corruption is hurting the average Nigerian trying to support their family and live. The programs meant to help those most needy frequently end up with the biggest bulk of finances being pilfered by those that are not needy.
Please pray for Dan and I as we daily move forward here in Gembu. Pray that God will works in hearts and lives of people here in Nigeria and that Dan and I do exactly what God wants us to be doing.
My Point for today is this: We need prayer and so do our staff and the people we serve. Please pray.