Imagine a world without clean
water to drink, or a community with little or no healthcare. A world where the
death rate at birth is 95 per 1000 and the life expectancy is only 47 years.
This is the world many of our brothers and sisters of Ahiazu Mbaise Nigeria
face every day. Their world is a difficult one with little hope for the future. The advances of the past 100 years have largely bypassed most of the African continent including this mostly agricultural village and its people.
Hunger and disease are a constant threat to the Igbo people.
Poor nutrition and hunger are a fact of life for many families. With cassava
being the main source of food, their diet is lacking in many nutrients needed
by the body to resist infection and diseases. Starvation is a prolonged dry
season or poor harvest away.
Modern healthcare is something the Igbo people can only
dream about. The few clinics to serve the many villages are lacking proper
medical equipment, medicines and trained personnel. Many are only staffed by
untrained medical personnel (equivalent to our candy strippers) and medicines
are scarce. Small wounds and infections can and often is life threatening.
The small villages and towns are built around farming with
their primary crops being Cassava, Yams, Plantains and Palm fruit. All farming
chores, cultivating the soil, planting, and harvesting are all done by manual
labor. The preparation of the crops for market is a very manual intensive
process and spoilage of the harvested crops occurs very quickly. Due to poor
soil conditions because of the lack of fertilizer, the yields from these fields
are relative small. Much of the crop is needed just feed themselves and so what
is left for market is small.
The Obinwanne Farmers Inc. is a 501c3 charitable organization.. We incorporated in 2007 to raise funds to assist the people of Ogbe village in Ahiazu Mbaise in Imo State Nigeria. We want to bring hope, healthcare, and economic opportunities for the people of this village. Our President Fr Ejike Innocent Onyenagubo came to Syracuse from Ogbe in 1998 at the invitation of Bishop Moynihan the Bishop of the Syracuse Catholic Diocese. Prior to his coming here from Nigeria, Fr. Innocent helped form the Obinwanne Farmers Ltd. which is a co-op of the farmers of this village. It help bring cooperation between the farmers of this mostly agricultural area. Our organization works in partnership with Obinwanne Farmers Ltd.
To date we have raised well over $100,000 to fund our various projects thanks to the people of the Syracuse Catholic diocese and a few very generous supporters. With our many volunteers we have held numerous water sales in many parishes of the Syracuse Catholic diocese. Fr Innocent has conducted many parish missions and we have been blessed by many very generous benefactors. GE foundation has also been a generous supporter as they match their employee and retiree donations.
We invite you to browse through the following pages to see the work that has been accomplished by the volunteers and supporters of our charity.