November is a special time at the Mayanja Memorial Medical Training Institute. It is the time when nurses take their national examination after months of hard work; it also marks the anniversary of our partnership with GlobalGiving, which has run for two years now. We are extremely proud of our affiliation with GlobalGiving through which we have raised over US 24,000!
Four students who are sitting for their exams this month were sponsored by your donations through GlobalGiving. We sent them s “good luck” cards to wish them well and organized a session to build their confidence in preparation for the examination. All four young nurses expressed much gratitude to GlobalGiving for supporting their education, and promised to perform well and build on this foundation they have for a brighter future. Attached is a letter of appreciation from one student to the Managing Director of the Institute—a clear sign of this gratitude.
We know that none of this would have been possible without your support behind the scenes! Thank you, again, for your generosity.
Through our efforts on Global Giving, the Mayanja Memorial Scholarship Fund had raised a new round of approximately USD 4,500 in January 2012. This was used to cover the tuition for ten students – all of whom are in their final year of the program and will receive their nurse certification soon.
Funding secured through Global Giving in the last year was also used to ensure that four additional students finished their state final exams and scored very high ranks! We are very proud of this achievement and recognize that it is owed in a large part to the funding that we have received from you, our generous sponsors. It allowed students to concentrate on their books and practical exams and not worry about piecing together different financing to cover their educational expenses.
As the Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation, we are overjoyed to see how this joint effort with Global Giving has offered many young Ugandans a bright future. It has given aspiring nurses a clear pathway to employment in the health sector, a strong foundation of clinical training which can be further deepened over the years, and a tangible means to uplift their family’s living conditions.
Below is a photo illustrating the joy that Edith – a scholarship recipient – brings to her work as she trains as a nurse-midwife. Like many other students at the Mayanja Memorial Training Institute, Edith is an orphan to HIV/AIDS. She is intelligent, curious and eager to learn but simply unable to source the funds necessary for her higher education. The Scholarship Fund has will cover her payments for all five semesters, putting a smile to her face now and offering her a whole new set of opportunities tomorrow.
Edith is taking vital signs of a pregnant admitted woman in a practical session
We at Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation are grateful to the support you render to us through GlobalGiving. Of the eighteen nursing students supported so far, seven students are out in the field, employed in different Health Units across the Western Region. We are very proud of their achievement!
However, the number of applicants to the scholarship fund continues to increase. Nearly twenty students applied for a scholarship last semester, with ten qualifying as per the criteria set. Among these, two students were born HIV positive and have lost both their parents to the virus. Both students are being supported by well-wishers in the community, though they still need to work during their holidays to raise money to supplement these contributions. This leads to constant poor health due to the hard labor. Moreover, even with the extra earnings they find it difficult to afford a balanced diet, pay transportation expenses to the health centre for their ARVs and manage their general upkeep. Support from our generous network at Global Giving will make the situation lighter and better for these young aspiring nurses and allow them to concentrate on their studies.
Please join hands with us to raise more money for the project so that we can support vulnerable Ugandan youth have fruitful lives and improve our country’s human resources for health.
A total of 18 students were sponsored so far 07(seven) students have accomplished their nursing course, with distinctions and good credits.
A tale of a beneficiary - Adronah Arinaitwe, who sat for final examinations Nov 2011. Examination results were released in early January 2012 and she passed.
I’ am by names of Adronah Arinaitwe, an orphan who lost her parents to HIV-AIDS still a toddler; actually I cannot visualize how they physically looked like. Support from an elderly Aunt whose income hand gone so low by the time of finishing primary and worsened by my Ordinary level study costs to less than USD 50 a month.
The scholarship scheme came as a God sent blessing at the verge of dropping out of the Institute and all my tuition and living expenses were covered. At the moment I have completed my course with good credits, my success is attributed to support received from Global Giving donors. This enabled to have a settled mind and concentrate on my academics than worrying about tomorrow, thank you good hearted people.
I have been employed by the blood bank Kabale branch as a nurse among my duties is phlebotomy i.e. collecting blood from the community in out reaches, open day blood donation, offering pre donation and post donation counseling to our clients. I also participate in data entry and analysis of patient information.
Work is enjoyable and ‘am over whelmed by the fact that at the moment ‘am employed and earn a salary to contribute to the well being of my little 3siblings and medication for my elderly Aunt who adopted us.
Thank you Mayanja memorial Scholarship Fund for collaborating with good hearted people at Global Giving who have made a difference in our lives and the communities.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and on my own behalf as a founding member of the Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation, I hereby extend my sincere appreciation for the enormous contributions you have made towards giving vulnerable youth in Uganda a chance to enter the health workforce. Many of the youth who have benefited from the scholarship fund are orphans – and some of them are the primary breadwinners in their households. With your support we have built their employment skills and invested in our country’s health system.
Your contributions have enabled us to extend scholarships to 18 students,ensuring that they have the funds to complete their 3-year nursing course. But the demand for tuition support is still enormous, with 28 more eligible students waiting funding. We invite you to consider supporting the education of another student in any small way that you can. May God bless you in this noble cause.
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