Poverty, lack of education and other social determinants are proven barriers to healthcare. General public health education is lacking, such as: Knowledge of proper hygiene and water treatment. In this way, a lack of education leads to the spread of disease and also prevents patients from seeking healthcare. Mercy is dedicated to providing this education during our Medical Missions. By training health workers and community members to raise awareness about good health practices and opportunities to access medical care, mercy International Mission USA can lead the way towards an improved healthcare system for people of Osi-Ekiti and the surrounding villages.
In addition to providing education about healthcare and disease, Mercy is dedicated to working with the community to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation. This includes helping people find creative solutions and ideas on how to support themselves and their families through services and goods that have not yet been available.
Mercy has provided small business loans (Equivalent to $100) to youth and women in the local community to establish farming operations, start or grow their small business, and provide for their families. The aim of this program is to encourage self-help, put people's destiny in their own hands and transform their communities. As a way of supporting participants of this initiative, we organize a monthly support group meeting to support their growth and address challenges facing them.
Currently, we provide scholarships to two gifted and talented students from poor families to further their education. Each scholarship amount is equivalent to $50. The scholarship is meant to pay for their college entrance exams and expenses.
Mercy distributed over 900 mosquito nets to children and expecting mothers. There is also a small reserve of nets on hand in the clinic that staff will be able to give to people as needed.
Mercy Hopes to partner with local and international organizations, such as: The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) to bring agricultural projects to Osi-Ekiti and the surrounding communities. The aim of this project is to provide jobs, new sources of food, and commerce for the local community.
Sinking of Industrial Borehole
Water supply continues to be a major problem in these communities. We added one additional industrial borehole this year to further relieve the villagers of the persistent water shortages. The community and their leadership expressed great appreciation to Mercy International Mission for this Initiative.