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Kanu Heart Foundation


The Kanu Nwankwo Heart Foundation is a charity organisation established by the Nigerian International and English Premier League football striker, Nwankwo Kanu (a.k.a Papilo) -MON, OON, who is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The foundation was established in 2000, to help underprivileged African children and young adults, living with different heart ailments in Nigeria and other African countries respectively, obtain the cardiac surgical operations needed.

The primary aim is to “put back smiles” to the faces of Nigerians and Africa's “BLUE CHILDREN/YOUNG ADULTS” who suffer from various heart defects. Our recipients include any young children who would not survive to see their fifth birthdays without correctional procedures and many who would not live a normal life expectancy, without the surgery needed.

Our patients cannot afford the high cost of open heart surgeries, without the help of organisations like ours.

Our mission is to give every African child with heart defect a new lease of life as we are committed to achieving our set goals.