About the George Faile Foundation, Inc.
The George Faile Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation established to provide financial support for Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu, Ghana, West Africa with the option to provide for similar institutions around the globe.
Baptist Medical Centre was founded through the joint efforts and vision of the Ghana Baptist Convention and the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (Foreign Mission Board at that time) in 1958. Since then, it has played an important role in meeting the medical and spiritual needs of Northern Ghana. The people there continue to live in small villages supported by subsistence farming. By providing quality medical care to these people, Baptist Medical Centre is a living example of the caring and compassion exemplified by Jesus Christ. The hospital is now owned and operated solely by the Ghana Baptist Convention with the GFF as a supporting partner. Join us as we help continue this mission that has been instrumental in leading thousands to Christ!
The Foundation's History
In June and July, 1997 Dr. Willie Ree Howell and Dr. Paul Shumpert served as volunteer physicians at Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu, Ghana, West Africa. While there, they became aware of the medical and spiritual needs of the area, and the vital role the hospital serves in meeting those needs. They also learned that long term funding sources for BMC were in jeopardy leading to the idea of establishing a foundation for long-term financial aid to this and/or similar institutions.
In February, 1998, Dr. Vince Waite, a physician missionary from Ghana who was in the United States on leave, spoke by invitation to a local medical group to inform them of conditions and needs at BMC. Through this activity, others with similar interests joined the efforts to establish the foundation.
During the summer of 1998, Drs. Howell and Shumpert gave presentations at surrounding religious and medical organizations informing them of the plans and compiled a list of interested participants in anticipation of The George Faile Foundation.
In December, 1998, The George Faile Foundation, Inc. became a legal entity.
In March, 1999, application was made for tax exempt status which was approved two months later. Drs. Howell and Shumpert met several times during the summer to discuss various aspects of the plan and met with Dr. George Faile III in September to get an updated report on the situation at BMC. From there the foundation began its journey of supporting Baptist Medical Centre! To see much of what we have done visit the Completed Projects page.