Legionnaire for Mankind Tackles Insecurity, Addictive Behaviors in Niger Delta

…700 Receive Treated Mosquito Nets, Sanitary Pads, Diapers in Gbaramatu

On Saturday, June 15, 2024, Legionnaire for Mankind’s Health, a non-governmental organization based in Amsterdam, made substantial strides in tackling community challenges in Oporoza, the headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Their initiative, themed “How to Help Prevent Insecurity, Violence, and Addictive Behaviors in a Community,” aimed to enhance lives through focused interventions and educational efforts.

Legionnaire for Mankind’s Health is an Amsterdam-based NGO dedicated to enhancing rural healthcare across Africa. Founded by Prof. (Dr.) Ernst Josef Franzek, the organization aims to establish sustainable healthcare infrastructure and programs accessible to rural communities in Africa.

The seminar addressed the critical issues of poverty, malnutrition, and the lack of access to quality education, emphasizing their impact on community security and behavior. Dr. Franzek explained that these conditions contribute to increased aggression, violence, and addictive behaviors, stressing the need for comprehensive solutions to improve living conditions, education, and healthcare.

Mr. Patrick O. Padiayefagha, Nigeria team lead for Legionnaire for Mankind, delivered a heartfelt speech, saying, “We are here today to address the pressing issues that our communities face. Poverty, malnutrition, and lack of education are root causes of many social ills. By coming together and providing support, we can create safer, healthier, and more educated communities. Our mission is to empower you with the resources and knowledge needed to make a lasting impact.”

To directly impact the community, Legionnaire for Mankind distributed 700 mosquito nets, 300 packs of diapers, and 300 sanitary pads to the community’s women and children.

Speaking on behalf of the community, High Chief Nelson Ogelegbanwei, Tonwei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, expressed profound gratitude for the initiative. “We are deeply thankful to Legionnaire for Mankind for their generous support and for addressing the critical needs of our community,” Chief Ogelegbanwei said. “Their efforts bring hope and tangible improvements to our lives, reinforcing the importance of unity and collaboration in overcoming our challenges.”

The chiefs, women, and elders of Oporoza expressed their gratitude for the support, acknowledging the positive impact of such initiatives on their community. The event underscored Legionnaire for Mankind’s commitment to addressing social issues and improving lives through grassroots efforts.

See photos below from the event:

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