Fresh diploma ad­mis­sion on­go­ing

Daily Trust - - YOUTH VILLE -

AThe Ah­madu Bello Univer­sity, Zaria is still ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions from can­di­dates seek­ing to en­roll in its Diploma pro­grammes at the In­sti­tute for n at­tempt to help a beg­gar on the street of Abuja to treat his Ele­phan­ti­a­sis spurred a hu­man­i­tar­ian cause lead­ing to the es­tab­lish­ment of a Foundation by young pro­fes­sion­als.

The founder, CEO of ‘ Char­ity to Cheer Foundation’, Bar­ris­ter Maryam Muham­mad said it came up in 2012 by us­ing Face­book and Black­Berry mes­sages to raise fund to treat pa­tient who would rather go for the money than be­ing treated.

A Black­Berry group “Save Auwal’s Leg” came up to fast track the re­turn of con­tri­bu­tions to the con­trib­u­tors for the cause af­ter the prank but the donors re­fused to take their money back and asked that an­other wor­thy cause be funded.

“We found a can­cer pa­tient who needed fund­ing for chemo­ther­apy in In­dia and paid for it. It was at this point that mem­bers agreed to stay to­gether, make monthly con­tri­bu­tions to the per­sonal ac­count of the ini­tia­tor and help peo­ple with health chal­lenges and in dire financial straits.

“The Black­Berry group was re­named “Kind­hearts”. It was then reg­is­tered as Char­ity to Cheer Foundation,” she added.

She said the Foundation has 30 mem­bers in­clud­ing seven Trustees just as it has funded nu­mer­ous health treat­ments es­pe­cially in eye care in­ter­ven­tions.

“To com­mem­o­rate the world eye sight day, the foundation or­gan­ised a free cataract surgery camp in Shika, Zaria in 2014. In 2015, it part­nered with Eti­salat to de­liver 50 surg­eries in Gombe State and 50 in Bauchi States re­spec­tively,”

It has also granted schol­ar­ships to 16 De­vel­op­ment Re­search and Train­ing.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able for the 2015/2016 ses­sion at its por­tal via:­er­forms/ or­phans in Kaduna and five in Minna with some mem­bers of the Foundation be­com­ing Man­dela Wash­ing­ton and Nige­ria Lead­er­ship Ini­tia­tive As­so­ciate Fel­lows.

Dr Farouk Garba and Maryam were both at Mor­gan State Univer­sity, Bal­ti­more, Mary­land for the Man­dela Wash­ing­ton Fel­low­ship. He is cur­rently an in­tern with the Foundation and has done surgery on 38 pa­tients.

Dr. Ashiru Adamu Abubakar, also a mem­ber was the 2014 Pres­i­dent of the Man­dela Wash­ing­ton Fel­low­ship Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion and has sup­ported the project and the Foundation in all ways pos­si­ble.

“I must say that the Fel­low­ship has cre­ated re­la­tion­ships that will last our life­times. Who would have thought a Doc­tor would in­tern with an NGO chaired by a lawyer?” She won­dered.

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