Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The 230th good thing about Lagos: Visiting Family Care Center Ikota Clinic

This year I am handing over primary responsibility for the American Women's Club charities to a new Community Services chair and I will be her assistant this coming year as she transitions into the job. Thanks, Ayoka! We have a short overlap when we're in Lagos at the same time this summer and we took the opportunity to visit a few charities last week.

I've always enjoyed visiting the Family Care Center, Ikota Clinic, as it's a very well run charity where they provide needed services to their community. A visit to the clinic is on a sliding scale, but costs most patients just 500 naira, just over $3. The clinic is clean and is in a well kept building. The road in front of the clinic was just redone, so it was easy to get to, even during rainy season. This photo is of Andrew, the young American manager of the clinic, and the doctor that was on duty.

We were greeted by a smiling face at the reception desk. The clinic does dental work as well as medical and delivers a lot of babies. They have an antenatal clinic and class one morning a week where expectant mothers come to get checked and get some training about pregnancy and childbirth.

We walked around behind the clinic, where Andrew showed us how they are hoping to get funds to expand their building so they can have a ward with beds for patients. They are currently stretched for space. They have the plans, but don't as yet have the money to do this.

Behind the clinic is a school and I'm afraid we disrupted their lessons, as the children were curious to come look at the oyibos.

The children here are so beautiful!

When the road was recently repaved, the clinic was able to get some trees donated from a local hotel who was going to lose them to a road widening project. They built a ramp and some nice planters for the trees in front of the clinic. It looks great!

Standing in the street, looking at Family Care, you could be anywhere. But turning your head and looking at the other side of the street, it's clear that you're in Africa.

People are busy shucking corn, washing dishes, going about their daily work while chickens strut around between them. Nigerians are such hard workers!

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