The American Christian International Foundation (ACIF), a long standing foundation has now been re-launched to fo us on new projects, many related to education including medicine and forensic science. Many of the former ACIF programs have now been transitioned to AHAF-USA.
The Claretians are a community of Roman Catholic priests and brothers, founded in 1849. They are active as missionaries worldwide, in more than 65 countries on five continents. They have had a long standing presence in Africa, including a significant connection to IgboLand in southeast Nigeria. One of our ACIF/AHAF (Nigeria) Foundation Vice Presidents, Rev Fr. Dr. Wence Madu, is a Claretian, previously Superior General of the Order.
The lead program for ACIF is supporting the creation of a new University in IgboLand, Mater Misericordiae University. ACIF’s Fr. Wence Madu and Dr.Matthias Okoye are bringing this program to life. The Claretian Fathers/Brothers are working with the Archdiocese of Owerri in Imo State to convert a number of existing Claretian buildings into a medical school/university complex. The Archdiocese has long desired having a Catholic University in the region.
The team Claretian/ACIF team has secured a hospital building now from a hospital program that was previously being pursued.
The super structure and much of the inside has now been completed. The next step is to incorporate the required utilities and medical facility requirements To make the hospital operational.
Eye Care will be one of the primary Hospital deliverables, given the high need in the region. We hope to create a corrective lense and frame assembly manufacturing capability within the Hospital Building. Our Med-aCar program has proven the benefit having already provided eye checkups and corrective lenses where necessary to over a 1000 children and adults. Only a fraction of the population wear corrective lenses despite the fact that 15 Million people in IgboLand are estimated to require them.
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