History and Past Projects
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"Overnight" the scope, work and influence of Compassionate Hands dramatically changed. Almost without warning, we received a donation of 5.2 million dollars in medical supplies and humanitarian aid. We were able to secure free temporary storage of the supplies near a shipping port. CHI was changed from a small "mom and pop operation" to a large scale humanitarian organization.
Over the next 18 months or so, we shipped ocean containers, truck loads, and dozens of pallets of aid domestically and abroad, helping many countries of the world.
This experience gave CHI and its Board of Directors the confidence to undertake permanent long term humanitarian projects to the world's most needy. The "Long Term Projects" pages tell the story of how far we have come. As we continue to grow, CHI depends more and more on the generosity of partners and donors who share our vision. We invite you to join your hands with Compassionate Hands International as we provide aid without regard to ethnicity, gender, religion or otherwise. FREE AFRICA MEDICAL CLINICS
In partnership with Christus Hospitals in Nigeria, CHI founded, maintained, and funded a medical clinic in Ibadan, Nigeria, West Africa. Each week, about 150 people receive free needed medical care and counseling. Being CHI's first clinic, it alone has treated over 100,000 people since opening. About every three to four months, CHI shipped over 350 pounds of life saving medications to the door of the clinic for free distribution. These include prenatal vitamins, analgesics, creams for skin infections, and antibiotics. Additionally, we periodically provided life saving equipment such as a portable ultrasound machine, which is used daily to treat over 100 patients. In 2006, two new clinics were opened in rural areas, one in Okeayedun, Nigeria and the other in Odoayedun, Nigeria. Unfortunately, these Clinics were closed in about 2018 when the Government made the import of medicines impossible. PROSPECT SCHOOL, NIGERIA One of CHI's passions is education. Unfortunately, government funding for education in many parts of Africa is lacking. CHI, in partnership with Prospect Schools, helped construct and maintain an educational center in Nigeria, West Africa providing quality education to about 400-500 students from kindergarten through High School. There is also housing on site for students who need to reside there because of travel difficulties. CHI's efforts here included construction, payment of teacher and administrator salaries, and student scholarships. Support ended to this Institution when both of its Founders, Samuel and Bola Folahan unexpectedly passed away. ANDMAN ISLANDS, INDIA. TSUNAMI RESPONSE MEDICAL CLINIC
In late 2004, a terrible disaster struck southeast Asia, an ocean earth quake and Tsunami. One region devastated by the Tsunami was India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This remote island chain lost thousands of lives. For those that survived, homes were lost, fishing boats and businesses were devastated, and rich land for growing rice was destroyed by sea water flooding. CHI, in partnership with Manna International, provided both immediate and long term assistance to this region. Shortly after the disaster, money was supplied so teams could be airlifted to the Andaman Islands to assist in providing food and temporary shelter. After the short term situation was stabilized, some of the monies have been directed towards providing new boats for the fishermen and assistance with reestablishing economic development. In March 2006, CHI's primary project on this island was launched — construction and operation of a new Free Medical Clinic. This clinic, located in the capital Port Blair, is open every day, staffed by both doctors and nurses, and provides high quality care free of charge. This Clinic closed after about 7-9 years of Operation after the Local Government built new quality medical facilities serving this Island's residents.