An organisation that is committed to reaching out to disadvantaged members of the society, Vision Africa, is set to commence this weekend its annual activities that comprise medical outreach and media training programmes, among others, in the South-east zone.
According to a press statement signed by its President/Founder, Bishop Dr Sunday N. Onuoha, 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 that s established in USA and Africa over 20 years ago 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 is reaching millions of listeners (covering the South East and South-South regions of Nigeria), thereby complementing the effort of the government in peace building.
Assisted by a team of committed personalities from US, Canada, Nigeria and other Africa countries, Vision Africa has demonstrated a commitment towards “impacting positively to the lives of Nigerians (cutting across age bracket). The U.S-Africa partnership through Vision Africa has been on for over 2 decades. Rural Communities in Nigeria have benefited a lot from Vision Africa Outreaches such as free medical care, skill acquisition, scholarships for students and so on.”
In the last 21 years, Vision Africa 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 (PLWHs) and have so far carried over 200 medical missions across various states of the country.
The organisation, 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 daily basis from millions of our numerous listeners,” the statement added.
The organisation has also been involved in providing care and support for orphans, vulnerable children and prison inmates, adding “In Abia state alone, 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.”