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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: http://forms.abu.edu.ng/otherforms/ 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.