Spiritan Self-Awareness Initiative

Caring is the essence of nursing.

Jean Watson

When wealth is lost, nothing is lost When health is lost, something is lost When character is lost, all is lost

Billy Graham

“If you treat a disease, you may lose or win. But if you treat a person, you will always win no matter the outcome.”

Patch Adams

Our Motto

Behind every healthy child is a healthy mother.

Aruike Specialty Hospital (ASH), is a desperately needed modern, well-equipped Medicare (link to Medicare page) facility that meets the urgent health needs of village areas, free of any cost to all patients without any discrimination.  It is a 34-bed hospital with operating rooms, maternity beds, a laboratory, and laundry, and kitchen facilities. ASH has 13 medical and paramedical personnel.  ASH specializes in ‘Mother and Child’ healthcare delivery but also provides general internal medicine services.

Our Vision

To provide free and compassionate health care services to people living in remote places in Nigeria where no medical assistance is readily available

Impact of Service Activities on Community

Aruike Specialty Hospital commenced its out-patient clinical services on the 1st of October, 2016.   By April 2017, ASH had treated more than 3000 patients with an average of 25 to 30 patients per day. Before the establishment of the Aruike Specialty Hospital, the medical care in the area was inadequate and prohibitively expensive for local people. This led to unacceptable rates of infant and adult mortality as well as high rates of infectious diseases, and other illnesses. The nearest hospital and doctor were nine to fourteen miles away and were unaffordable for most villagers. It is certain that the free medical care provided by the hospital will have a substantial impact on the wellbeing of local people, reducing morbidity and mortality. Providing high-quality health care in a loving environment will also help children struggling with illness to succeed in their studies, and will boost the productivity of all those of working age who are often debilitated by illness. Presently the ASH doctors’ lodge is under construction and will be ready by the end of July 2017. This lodge is located within the hospital premises and will allow doctors to provide around the clock care for their patients. In-patient treatment is scheduled to begin in October 2017.

Gift of Limbs @ Aruike

The 29th - 31st of August 2018, saw the fruition of a month-long project of planning, measuring fabrication and fixing of artificial legs, arms, hands and polio calipas to 179 amputees and victims of polio disease. Read...

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Inauguration of Aruike Specialty Hospital (ASH)

The 25th of July, 2016 was a remarkable landmark in the history of Ebe people and the surrounding communities. At first, it sounded unbelievable that a hospital of the state of art could be built in such a remote rural area. Even more incredible was the ‘rumor’ that all treatments would be received free of all costs in the hospital.

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Greatness does not lie in doing great things. It lies in doing small things with great Love.

Mother Teresa

Our Partners in Service

Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust, established in May 1970, is a Public Charitable Trust in India. It set up and runs Health Care Institutions wherein services to all, irrespective of colour, class, religion, nation or financial status, are provided totally free of cost. Their Hospitals, the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals in India has been our mirror of inspiration and has contributed immensely to the building and running of the Aruike Specialty Hospital in Nigeria.
The Giving World Charity, UK has donated a number of containers of Hospital equipments and consumables. Without them, it would have been impossible to run our free hospital.
The Singapore Sai Youth: These are a group of dynamic young people who formed themselves into a service group and contribute monthly from their savings towards the purchase and procurement of drugs and medicine for ASH. They are an inspiration for all young people in the world.

Mother – M’other Self

Mother, You are My other Self
The mystery of our Oneness

My bones are your bones
Your blood runs in my veins

Even the sight in my eyes
These are your art
That I may see
Your beauty in My Heart

Don’t you remember the Presence?
When I was in the womb of your Silence?
Life creating itself from itself
The Full coming from its own fullness
In the dance of Love eternal

Oh Mother!
You are everything I Am
Everything!
And even when my body returns to the tomb
My Spirit seeks you still
M’other Self

–  Father Ogada

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson