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May 23, 2010

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May 23, 2010

When I first heard Ele talk about the work her sister was doing in Nigeria, I felt an immediate tug on my heartstrings and something close to shock. It seemed so close because I was looking at a direct connection. This wasn’t an anonymous phone call not letting me hang up. It wasn’t an invitation to a semi-formal event wanting me to bid on donated items. It was my friend who sat behind me at church, and she was talking about her sister and brother-in-law. They had been doing this incredible work for ‘how many years’? How had I not heard of this? In our information age, we think we have our stethoscope on everything happening in our world. Just turn to CNN each day, and you’ve got it, right? Thirty years, a home for hundreds of babies, two schools, a hospital and all with inconsistent utility service and no promise of long term finicial support. How can that be? While Linda and Ambrose are doing all the things Jesus taught us to do, I’m just over here trying for the ‘American Dream’ and struggling to watch after a few children and grandchildren of my own. My first thought was that I wanted to be there. Knowing that couldn’t be realized soon, I next wanted to know how I could help. Sending money, that is what I could do. And then the realization that the money didn’t have to go through Washington D.C. or a large corporation that I would read about next year when money had been siphoned for some insider’s personal use. I already knew of the character of this family and trusted them implicitly. Tears filled my eyes the day Ele showed the slides of the children and their beautiful smiles. I couldn’t shake the feelings that swelled in me as she told of their accomplishments even as they had lost their mother at birth and their families had deserted them. It was later that I realized there was a second reason why I was so moved. It was Nigeria. Although, in today’s world, the perception and information we have of this country includes stories of negative impact, in my world, the country was part of my beginning. Many times I have read the letters my father wrote to my mother from Nigeria when I was born. He and I didn’t meet until I was two (2) years old. World War II separated him from our family as he resided in Nigeria. He commanded an Air Force Base there and flew aircraft to India and back as the war continued. This deep connection says to me how close we are to a nation and its troubles across a large ocean. It shows me that God is the Father of us all and our ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ don’t have to have skin color that matches ours.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

conversations and photos from people who have visited Nigeria and personally seen the Eziama Motherless Babies Home, King's Kids Primary School, King's High School and Grace Hospital, and have assisted in the support of this work.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get the word out to people all over the world about the incredible work being done by this organization and involve whoever could help the government and infrastructure of the country of Nigeria to give a much stronger environment of peace and support.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the direct connection to the heart of the problem. The family and friends working for the good of people in true need have been so very inspiring and uplifting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

unbelievable! They are people giving of themselves to a level I have never experienced before.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

stabilize the areas necessary with consistant utilities, giving more opportunity for healing, nourishment, clean water, and growth of the people caring for others and the patients, students and babies in the home, hospital and schools.

Ways to make it better...

I knew that this work was not so hard for the people doing it. If a supportive government and peaceful environment with full utility service could occur, those working would be spared, at least, that part of the problem.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the time it will take to see the growth of the organization overcome, one by one, the challenges ahead. The government of Nigeria is obviously a factor and the lack of consistant and continuous utilities slows the progress.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Eziama Grace and the Missions it supports in this small community in Nigeria is unique as a Non-Profit. Never have I heard of such need and such incredible people trying to minister to those in need.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 16, 2010

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May 16, 2010

I first became aware of the efforts of Eziama Grace Support Network in providing support for Eziama Grace Ministries when my friend, Ele Clay, gave a presentation to our church. What I found so magnetic was the very basic nature of the ongoing needs of these folks in Nigeria - needs which we in America could so easily meet. The goals were realistic and specific. But it was Ele's proximity to the situation - her direct line (as Lynda's sister) to the Anyanwu's "boots on the ground" - that made me want to sign up to help in whatever way I could. There are no layers and layers of administration in this organization. No great headquarter buildings. No extravagant salaries. No Wall Street investment funds. That which is taken in is quickly dispersed. Donations are forwarded to Eziama in a simple and direct line. The 2008-09 Annual Report confirmed my initial reaction to the organization. After the fundraising & administrative costs for the year were paid - a mere $1100 - every penny taken in by EGSN was distributed save $23. Dollars given to EGSN make a tangible positive difference in the lives of the folks in Eziama.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the pictures of the schools being built, getting updates on specific children, learning about the educational Mother's Day celebration, the activities of the hospital, the happenings at the Motherless Babies Home.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 16, 2010

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May 16, 2010

Being convinced that we are all inseparably linked together, it seems that helping each other is the only way to fulfill our place in society. In 1975 I had opportunity to see first hand how others in less fortunate situations are forced to live. For five years we assisted in various ways the young and elderly in Central India. That experienc led to my interest in Eziama Grace. Eziama Grace seems to share that same "sharing" objective. Those in charge have dedicated themselves unselfishly to others. They, in turn deserve our complete support. It pleases me to be able to do that. Reid Schaub

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing their work with the young placed in their care.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the interaction with those in charge.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very pleasant, knowledgeable and kind.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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