Friends of Nigeria Receives Major Gift
This article by Peter Hansen (27) 66-68 appeared in the Fall 2017 Newsletter.
On a balmy, mid-September evening in Iowa City, I was sitting on the patio of our apartment reading grant proposals FON had received. Margaret and Ted Nelson, friends of ours, walked by and I explained what I was doing. Margaret knew that FON was a Peace Corps alumni group and I described the content of several of the proposals.
When I spoke of the request for $5,000 for an obstetric fistula care project, she said, “I’ll give you $5,000 for that project.” The next morning there was a $5,000 check at our apartment’s door.
Who is Margaret Nelson? Margaret is a native Iowan and a graduate of Radcliffe College. She has worked as an economist in the Bureau of Labor Statistics and as a Program Associate at the University of Iowa School of Social Work, as well as several other positions. For many years she and her family lived overseas. Ted, as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, had postings in Yugoslavia, South Africa and Hungary, and on loan to the United Nations, he represented the United Nations Fund for Population Activities in Iran and Afghanistan. In addition, the Nelsons have traveled to the Baltics, Southeast Asia, Morocco, Russia and Iceland.
Margaret Nelson, a friend of a friend of Nigeria
Neither she nor her husband served in the Peace Corps – nor did any of their three adult children – but clearly their international experience is extensive. Undoubtedly, this experience and Ted’s population-related work contributed to Margaret’s interest in this project. A few days later when I spoke with Margaret, she said, “When you said the word ‘fistula,’ you had me.” Margaret hopes that her donation will inspire others to donate so that FON can fully fund all the grant proposals it has received.
The Friends of Nigeria board members are extremely grateful for this very generous gift.
Friends of Nigeria is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org President phone: 978-562-3613
Mailing address: Friends of Nigeria, c/o Warren Keller, PO Box 8032, Berkeley, CA 94707