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Reaching Out in Nigeria
The focus on continued improvement doesn’t stop on the rigs or at the offices in Nigeria. Co-workers there have given a lot – time and effort, financial support, supplies – to improve the lives of people in Nigerian communities. Beacon spotlights two great efforts in Port Harcourt.
Compassion Centre for Physically Disabled Children
While it’s not all fun and games for the children at the Compassion Centre for Physically Disabled Children in Port Harcourt – most have been stricken with polio and suffer major deformities and physical disabilities – the mood there on January 22 was similar to any other day: joyful. So joyful, in fact, that during a song singing session, kids would jump from their chairs – leg braces, bowed legs and all – to really get into the clapping and drum beats, and show off their dance moves.
At the conclusion of “Lean on Me,” Sister Pauline Butler, a tiny Irish woman who serves as medical coordinator at the center, starts up a football (soccer) game outside. Not being able to run, the children fly around the yard on their hands and knees as fast and competitively as any other kid.
“These children are special, but then no two people are the same no matter what,” Sister Pauline said with a smile. “They’re quite good at football, even some of them with very little use of their legs. They’re just full of life.”
Transocean co-workers on the drillship Deepwater Discovery, which recently departed Nigeria to work in Brazil, were the first to find the home and begin making donations, said Stuart Buchanan, a former member of the DWD team and Nigeria resident.
Over the years the company has brought things like mattresses, refrigerators and blankets to the children, as well as regular supplies of food, in addition to financial contributions raised through efforts like rig raffles. These donations have helped the Compassion Centre support operations and rehabilitative work with the children, as well as primary schooling – work that’s resulted in most of the children going on to lead very normal lives.
“Most of our children have passed to university,” Sister Pauline stated proudly. “Every day we go around and see Transocean’s name on various beds and refrigerators and things, and we say thanks.”
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