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The African Family Resource International mission began as the dream of Asuquo Moses Akpan. Asuquo had a desire to help people in his home village and the surrounding communities in Southern Nigeria. His dream was to build a medical treatment center and additional supporting infrastructure for these villages.
In 2003 construction of the medical center began, brick by brick. The center was officially opened in December 2006. This 20,000 square foot facility serves the health care needs of numerous orphans and families.
Construction of a school, the Children of Life Center, was also underway, and by 2005, began accepting students. By 2007, attendance reached over 300. The school was later renamed the Christian Entrepreneur and Leadership Academy (CELA).
Other AFRI projects erupted acros the village as the mission became more successful. A Women for Christ Ministry was established in 2008, as well as a maternity ward in the hospital in 2009. A Mobile Medical Clinic began in 2007 which enables staff to travel by automobile to other rural areas to provide treatment to those who are unable to get to the hospital. Additionally, a loan program was established in 2002, assisting villagers in times of need.
All AFRI functions are approved and inspected by the appropriate state governing boards. Reminiscing of the whole experience, Asuquo states, "Armed with almost no resources but humility, prayers and determination, AFRI launched the Christian Family Mission of Nigeria. It began as a leap of faith, trusting God to make the dream come true. Clearly the dream has come true. Only in America can children dream and have the opportunity to make the dream come true, and we give praises to God who makes it all possible."