The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), a non-profit philanthropic organisation founded by billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Sir Emeka Offor has donated the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand USD ($250,000) to The Carter Center/Nigeria to support its River Blindness Control Programme in the South Eastern states of Nigeria. The donation is in accordance with the aims and objectives of the Health Services Programmes of the SEOF.
The Carter Center is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation founded in 1982 by former President of the United States of America, Jimmy Carter, and wife, Rosalyn Carter, in partnerchip with Emory University, a private research university in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. The Carter Center/Nigeria has its headquarters in Jos, Plateau state.
The two organisations have beamed a spotlight on the silent menace that is River Blindness, which has ravaged the region without stepping into the limelight of public attention. River blindness, also known as Onchocerciasis and Robles disease, is a parasitic disease caused by infection by Onchocerca volvulus, a nematode (roundworm). Onchocerciasis is second in the world only to trachoma as an infectious cause of blindness.
The impact of this partnership will be felt in the region in the near future, and it is hoped that this will mark the beginning of a fruitful relationship.
Below is a letter of appreciation sent by the Country Representative, The Carter Center/Nigeria in response to the donation.
“On behalf of The Carter Center/Nigeria, I wish to thank SEOF/Chrome Group for the donation of $250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars) to support the River Blindness control programme in the South East states in Nigeria. It is my hope that this generous and humane gesture will signal the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration/ partnership between The Carter Center and SEOF/Chrome Group for the benefit of the good people of the South East states in particular and Nigeria in general. I am confident that Atlanta on its part will send an appropriate letter of appreciation in response to this generous donation. Please be assured that, although the fund will be administered from Atlanta, we on our part in the Nigeria programme are committed to a judicious and maximal utilisation of the funds in the South East states in accordance with SEOF/Chrome Group instructions. We wish to kindly request that on our behalf, you extend to Sir Emeka Offor, The Carter Center’s highest esteem and consideration”