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Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo

by Synergie des Associations Feminines du Congo (SAFECO)
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo

Summary

This project will provide college scholarships to top students from the village of Rwenena, DR Congo. It is a continuation of "Educate 60+ Vulnerable Children in DR Congo." As a first step in a fresh approach, we will provide academic and living expenses for Rwenena-born Claudine. She has already completed the first of 3-4-years in a nursing program in the nearby nation of Burundi. Some of the village's secondary school students are motivated to follow Claudine into the medical profession.

$33,000
total goal
$952
remaining
120
donors
5
monthly donors
2
fundraisers
4
years

Challenge

Trained healthcare professionals are scarce in many African communities - more so in rural areas like Rwenena. Life expectancies in DR Congo are short; maternal and childhood death rates are among the highest in the world. In Rwenena, two organizations in the last 30 years have each built a clinic. One is permanently closed, while the other opens sporadically due in part to a shortage of regional nurses. Claudine's family remains vulnerable and has no disposable income to send her to college.

Solution

Claudine's clinical training is held at a teaching hospital that serves 40,000 patients from surrounding rural areas. This setting is tailor-made for her dream of serving rural villages like Rwenena as a nurse. As importantly, the secondary school education services we have offered are inspiring a new generation of youth determined to break the cycle of poverty their village has known for generations. Vencianne (profiled earlier) is among the first to proclaim her resolve to become a doctor.

Long-Term Impact

Claudine's training will offset a deficit of clinical professionals. At a recent General Assembly, village leaders referred to her as bringing a new and positive distinction to the community. We cannot predict how many medical professionals Rwenena can grow. But upon graduation with a nursing diploma, Claudine will have demonstrated that odds can be beaten, the cycle of poverty can be broken, and once-vulnerable people can contribute to healing and success of their communities and beyond.

Resources

http:/​/​www.herowomenrising.org/​rwenena-kids
strained health facilities in DRC
% of DRC female college grads (Source 1)
Life expectancy and causes of death in DR Congo
% of DRC female college grads (Source 2)

Organization Information

Synergie des Associations Feminines du Congo (SAFECO)

Location: Bukavu, South Kivu Province - Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @MamanShujaa
Project Leader:
Annette Scarpitta
Bukavu, South Kivu Province Congo, Democratic Republic of the

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