By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
The Vision Africa, a Non-Governmental Organization organisation that was established about 21 years ago in the United States of America and Africa to reach out to the disadvantaged in the society, is set to commence this weekend its annual activities that comprise medical outreach and media training programming, among others, in the South-east zone of Nigeria.
According to a press statement signed by its President/Founder, Bishop Dr Sunday N. Onuoha, said the 2019 annual outreach of Vision Africa is geared towards the promotion of peace and reaching out to vulnerable members of the society through medical outreach, media training and support to vulnerable groups like widows, prison inmates, among others.
The statement added that the organisation over the years has an “unmatched record in humanitarian services such as free medical care, orphanage and prisons support, media training, capacity building and skill acquisition for Nigerians with special attention to the youth.
Vision Africa through its Radio Station – 104.1FM, Umuahia Abia State, according to the statement is reaching millions of listeners (covering the South East and South-South regions of Nigeria), thereby complementing the effort of government in peace building.
Assisted by a team of committed personalities from the United States of America, Canada, Nigeria and other African countries, Vision Africa has demonstrated a commitment towards “impacting positively to the lives of Nigerians (cutting across age bracket).
It said the U.S-Africa partnership through Vision Africa has been on for over two decades, adding that rural communities in Nigeria have benefited a lot from Vision Africa’s outreaches, such as free medical care, skill acquisition, scholarships for students and so on.
In the last 21 years, the statement said the organisation has been enmeshed in community mobilisation, reaching out to over 80,000 people for healthcare services, including medical support to over 2,000 People Living With HIV/Aids and staging over 200 medical missions across various states of the country.
Vision Africa, according to its President and Founder, has been deploying its radio station to facilitate dialogue and promote peace through active engagement of religious, community and political leaders for maximum impact.
“Today, Vision Africa operates a 2000-watt FM station worth over $1.2 million in Abia state. It reaches millions of listeners (with special interest in, youth disadvantaged community groups and hard-to-reach areas) throughout the South-east and other Niger Delta states of Nigeria.
“The station gives priority to programmes designed to promote peaceful co-existence among Nigerians. It is staffed by several communication officers and over 100 local volunteers. The station conducts media programmes that cut across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with particular interest in Health, and we get feedbacks and responses on a daily basis from millions of our numerous listeners,” the statement added.
It explained that the organisation has also been involved in providing care and support for orphans, vulnerable children and prison inmates through food donations, sustainable animal husbandry and equipment. Vision Africa has so far refurbished and renovated orphanage homes.
In Abia State alone, it said, “We provided support for the refurbishment, renovation and supply of equipment such as generators for Uzuakoli Motherless Babies home, Ahiaeke Motherless Babies home and Amaudo Itumbauzo mentally destitute home Bende LGA. We have provided support to the inmates at Afara Prison and work for the rehabilitation of ex-prisoners.”
Expected to attend this year’s annual events are development partners from various parts of the world, including religious, political and community leaders, among several others.