Through his charitable foundation, Ivory Coast captain and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba will help fund the construction of five clinics specializing in children and women's health spread throughout the country. The announcement was made by Didier Drogba Foundation secretary Guy Roland Tanoh, who said that the projects are being funded by the organization's London galas and Drogba's personal contributions.
Tanoh said 2.5 billion CFA francs ($5 million) will be invested in the projects, with one facility to be built in each of the five major cities of the West African country namely Abidjan, Yamoussoukro, Man, Korhogo and San Pedro.
“The gala held in London helped us raise $ 2 billion CFA francs ($4 million),” Tanoh said. “The other 500 million francs ($1 million) will no longer be a problem to see this project come to reality, which has been Drogba’s greatest heart desire.”
Drogba first announced his plan to build a hospital in the city of Abidjan in 2009 using his entire £3 million ($4.5 million) fee from an endorsement deal with Pepsi. But instead of building one big hospital "that may be difficult for many people to reach," it was decided to be more practical to build five smaller clinics spread throughout the country, including one at the original Abidjan site.
First he helped end the country's civil war and now he's building hospitals all over the place. Plus he scores goals. If all that isn't deserving of a sainthood, I don't know what is.
- Didier Drogba