Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Day 80: Helped to Construct A Hospital
This journey of mine started out as a small New Year's resolution that I thought might gain the following of my friends, family and a few strangers. I thought perhaps I might gain a couple of hundred followers to my blog, Twitter, and Facebook pages. Never in a million years did I think that my random acts would have been viewed by tens of thousands of people from over 160 countries. I don't say this to be a braggart by any means, but rather to acknowledge the reach that this blog now has. The reason I bring this up is because now I feel as though I have a responsibility to use this forum to help bring attention to people and groups that are doing things that have far more of an impact than I feel my random acts ever could. Afam Onyema is one of those people.
One of the coolest parts of my journey has been interacting with and learning about some incredible people in this world who are focused on bringing about positive change and are "others" focused. Afam Onyema is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School who passed on working at prestigious law firms to focus on using his knowledge and abilities to help others. Although we attended the same high school, I didn't personally know Afam Onyema until I was recently introduced by a mutual friend. After being introduced, I learned of the GEANCO Foundation that Afam and his father, Godwin, started in an effort to bring about medical and educational change in Godwin's home country of Nigeria. Their first major project, and a lifelong dream of Godwin's, is to build a modern hospital in the state of Anambra in the southeast region of Nigeria. So today, my random act of kindness is to raise awareness for GEANCO by asking those who read this blog to research this foundation, spread the word about it, and if you have the means, please donate towards the development of the hospital. Just as I could never have imagined the reach I had with a simple blog, just think of the impact you could have on others halfway around the world by simply posting a Facebook status or sending a tweet.