The Foundation

Dr Lawrie Mitchell MBE and Mrs Eme Mitchell decided in 2002 to continue the work of Mary Slessor, the renowned Scottish missionary. We concentrate on improving the lives of local women and training the youth of the area. We have succeeded in supplying a medical clinic and a palm oil/cassava processing unit, and drilling two boreholes for clean water. Neither of these facilities existed before.

The project is located in Akpap Okoyong, 55km north of Calabar, Cross River State Nigeria. This was where Mary Slessor devoted her life before dying at the age of 67 in 1915.

We are registered with the Scottish Charities Commission in Edinburgh Scotland and the Corporate Affairs Commission in Abuja, Nigeria. In addition we have a longstanding partnership with Voluntary Service Overseas.

Dr Mitchell was awarded the MBE for his charitable work with the Foundation.

The Vision

The MSF vision is to emulate the social and medical work of the great missionary, Mary Slessor, from Dundee in the late 1800′s.

At present, MSF aims on improving and attaining sustainable developments in the social, economic and health sectors of the community by introducing the following developmental projects: Skills Training Centre targeting men & women to train them in mechanical engineering, welding, fabric design & manufacturing, carpentry & forge operations.

Medical facility targeting perinatal activities, aids, malaria, typhoid and other water born diseases including an outreach facility to the more isolated rural communities. Agricultural Processing Mill specialising in palm/cassava crops producing staple food, palm oil & shoe polish.

The project started in 2002 and we have recently completed the capital expenditure of approx 300k and are now seeking revenue funding. It is the hope of the MSF trustees that we reach self sustainability by 2013 with a Nigerian management & training staff in place.