Kanu Heart Foundation, a charity organisation set up by the Nigerian International football star, Nwankwo Kanu on 21st July 2000, has metamorphosed into a colossus with great achievements both in local and international circles.
The primary aim is to “put back smiles” to the faces of Nigerians and Africa's “BLUE CHILDREN/YOUNG ADULTS” who suffer from various heart defects. Our recipients include any young children who would not survive to see their fifth birthdays without correctional proceedures and many who would not live a normal life expectancy, without the surgery needed.
Our patients cannot afford the high cost of open heart surgeries, without the help of oragnisations like ours.
By May 2008, over 310 benefited from the charity's mission statement.
The goodwill generated by those who donate for these life threatening open – heart surgeries cannot be over emphasized as we owe gratitude to the Almighty God, the teaming Nigerians, Africans and Europeans, corporate bodies, government and various Agencies that have identified with this humanitarian venture of saving lives.
Incidentally the number of unattended cases is on the rise.
Our mission is to give every African child with heart defect a new lease of life as we are committed to achieving our set goals which include:
KHF (Ng) TRUSTEES: The Foundation has board of trustees who are persons of integrity and social standing amongst whom are Nwankwo Kanu (MON, OON, UNICEF AMBASSADOR) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Chief Segun Osoba, Mr. Ben Bruce, Mr. Onyebuchi Abia and Mr. Iain Nelson. One of its founding trustees, the late Chairman Air Commander Sampson Emeka Omeruah passed away on December 4, 2006.
FUNDING: The KHF together with our founder and financial inspirator, Kanu Nwankwo, organises events and programmes to raise funds. It also solicits financial support from various individuals and corporate bodies to carry out operations.
In our march towards achieving these set goals we have encountered numerous challenges which threatened to abort our vision. But with God on our side our testimony shows the incomparable hand of the creator.
This journey began in
The exorbitant high fees charged by
In trying to cope with the demanding increase in foreign exchange occasioned by these surgeries abroad, we decided a trial run, by bringing cardiac surgeons and experts to carry out surgeries in our hospitals in Nigeria. The International Children Heart Foundation (Menphis.
Despite the loss of three children after the surgeries, we are encouraged by the zeal and enthusiasm with which our Nigerian doctors performed. This is a clear indication that given the right atmosphere, the necessary equipment and infrastructure the proceedures currently obtained in
The journey to this great signpost has not been easy. We have had to receive those that pass away abroad and see the anguish of their dear ones. Nevertheless, we have had more joy as many celebrate the new lease of life provided to these recipients, to which we give God the Glory. In all, there has been a 98% success rate. Although the Foundation was set up to help children and young adults. we have nonetheless provided medical and surgery assistance to some adults, subject to our set criteria, and availability of resources.
FINANCES / SPONSORSHIP
In financing these surgeries the Kanu Heart Foundation has to contend with the huge financial burden associated with open Heart Surgeries and some complex cases.
While fees charged by these countries vary according to degree of cases, meeting up the financial burden has been a very big challenge to the Kanu Heart Foundation. Here we want to put on record the invaluable contribution of the Founder Nwankwo Kanu who started the Foundation. We also owe gratitude to various State Governors, Government Agencies, Corporate organisation, Multinationals, Private and
The Foundation was launched at Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja,
In Nigeria, we have had the privilege of organising events like Brazil U-17 vs. Nigeria U-18 team Soccer match, Nigeria U-20 vs. Turkey U-18 national team, Super Falcon vs. Arsenal Ladies of England, Children in Need Programme, KHF lottery Launch, Open Heart Surgery by visiting 20 USA surgeons at UNTH Enugu, May 27, 2004 Children day Celebration at Eko Hotel and Suites, Celebrating a new heart Symposium. Sing 2 da heart musical Concerts, International Seminar,
APPEAL: We welcome International donor agencies to come to our aid to tackle this life threatening disease that is claims the lives of many children and adults in Africa each day.
REGISTRATION: The Foundation was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission CAC / IT / NO 19521 in
KANU HEART FOUNDATION (UK): Our activities abroad are commendable. It has enabled us to carry out surgeries on some foreign nationals and helped raise awareness to this under publicised problem in Africa. The UK office is based at: Rowlandson House, 289 Ballards Lane. London N12 8NP United Kingdom.