Although we shared the video of the event held in Gambia, heres is a short vlog of the time that was spent in Gambia leading up to the symposium, as well as some other fun memories created whilst there.
The Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF) Nigeria has grown tremendously in its 5 years of existence, from an extra curricular club in the Nigerian Law School, to one of the most influential sickle cell NGO's in Nigeria.
My Friend Jen will be travelling to Nigeria to visit the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation, who's goal it is to "raise awareness about sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait", and also to "provide the most current and useful information available about sickle cell disease." Their motto is 'Hopeful Living' as they believe that with hope, sickle cell sufferers can live a normal life.
With your help, we hope to be able to assist them with achieving their goal and living up to their motto by donating 200 books to be distributed to the sickle cell community within Nigeria.
"... it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life" — Oprah Winfrey
As part of the Gambia Book Donation Program, we organised an event for students, teachers, Ministers and others to come and learn more about sickle cell in the hope of spreading awareness of one of the most common genetic disorders in the world. The turnout was more than we could have expected and the event was well received by everyone who attended. Overall it was a huge success that may not have been possible without the help of everyone who donated, so thank you once again.
We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who gave towards our Gambia Book Donation Program. We exceeded our target and the extra money will go towards the next donation programme which we will announce soon. Due to an unecpected set back, all free boooks and thank you gifts due from the donation program will be sent out this month. (Aplogies for the delay)
Video footage from Gambia is currently being edited and will be available to watch soon.
Thank you to everyone who has supported #MyFriendJen and we hope you will continue to support us throughout 2017
In The Gambia, Sickle Cell Anaemia is very prevalent, however, most people do not know their status because of the lack of knowledge about the disease.
I will be travelling to Gambia in just over 4 weeks time to visit The Sickle Cell Association, Banjul Chapter. One of their aims and objectives as the only Sickle Cell Association in The Gambia is to create awareness on the disease for better understanding and proper management.
Having similar aims and objectives as My Friend Jen, I hope to be able to assist them by donating a minimum of 100 books; hopefully with your help, we can exceed this target.