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
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
Educate Medical Professionals in DR Congo
"I remain determined to succeed."
"I remain determined to succeed."

[This is the final report for this project, which has provided funds for Claudine to study to become a nurse. New donations will be accepted only through Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30. Please visit our sister project, here on GlobalGiving, that provides activities strengthening the economic development of Claudine’s home village, Rwenena. For more information, see the end of this report.*]

As this project comes to a close, it is only fitting that Claudine gets the last word. The following passages are excerpts transcribed and translated from her audio reflections of last week.

 "Hello my [donor] family. How are you doing? I am well. This is Claudine in Africa. I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ.

[Growing up in Rwenena] "When I was in Rwenena, my mother and I suffered for a long time. Living there are many children - orphans like me (with one or more parents dead) – and many widows. Often, my mother lacked the means to pay my school fees. In fourth grade, through Mama Annette, you began to pay school fees and continued to do so until now. I am here only because of you. I don’t know where I would be today without you.

[Why nursing?] "When I was young, I fell ill frequently, and medicine was a mystery to me. I am pleased that now, thanks to my studies, I can understand illnesses and administer treatments.

"Rural health centers lack qualified nurses and are run mostly by public health officers. When I become a nurse, I will go to [village communities] to help my people. My goal is to help people and above all, to help my village. We need nurses there.

[Thanks to the recurring donations of 3 generous families, Claudine attended secondary school in the town of Uvira.] "When I was in secondary school, without notifying me, the family with whom I lived fled the country during one of my school breaks to visit my mother. I was abandoned. I said to myself, “I can’t end my studies like this. I need to continue my studies.” Fortunately, I was able to get housekeeping work from a friend’s neighbor. She provided me room and board and gave me money to finish secondary school.

[We had lost contact with Claudine, but SAFECO’s outstanding field manager, Moza, succeeded in locating her. After Claudine expressed a continuing desire to study, we facilitated her attendance at Hope Africa University, where she remains today.]

[Attending college] "When I came to Bujumbura for college, everything was different from the village where I was raised. In Rwenena, there are trees and other forms of nature all around. Bujumbura is a large city, where there are motor scooters everywhere. But I adjusted.

"From the start and even today, my university studies have not been easy for me. Not everyone can finish. I have seen colleagues perform well in their studies but who have had to leave for lack of money. I am not smarter than them. Really, I am not very smart. But I still feel the need to study.

"I remain determined to succeed."

[Claudine is scheduled to complete her program at the end of 2022.]

*What you can do next:*

Make a final donation for Claudine no later than what is likely to be today, Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30.

To raise funds for continuing programmatic opportunities in Rwenena - Claudine's home village - I formed a new partnership earlier this year with "Reach Out NGO", here on GlobalGiving. Reach Out is based in Cameroon but has recently extended its outreach to DRC with the addition of this Rwenena-based project.

The Rwenena community is on an unprecedented path to success through community-led development. I'm extremely proud of the work accomplished with my Congolese partners at FOPAC-SK as we work through Reach Out.

You can find and donate to it by searching GlobalGiving for

Project # 51955, Advance Economic Growth for 50 Women in DR Congo

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/advance-economic-growth-for-50-women-in-dr-congo/

(If you need to find the project within Reach Out, you may need to click forward to an additional project page to find it by its title.)

For those ready to take your commitment to All Things Rwenena to the new step, I hope you will consider becoming a recurring donor to this project as the one through SAFECO ends. New monthly donations (up to $200 per unique donor) started between December 13 and December 17, 2021 will have their first donation matched at 200% after four (4) total payments.

Thank you for your support.

Chance encounter in Kibuye with spontaneous play
Chance encounter in Kibuye with spontaneous play
New friends in Kibuye
New friends in Kibuye
Thanks to all who have supported me in my studies.
Thanks to all who have supported me in my studies.
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Claudine prepares to remove a surgical drain.
Claudine prepares to remove a surgical drain.

We’re excited to report that Claudine’s 4-month clinical training is well under way! The teaching hospital she serves is located in a remote, mountainous community in central Burundi. I recently asked her about this new chapter of her academic life.

Q: How does this internship differ from the earlier ones just outside the main campus in the city of Bujumbura?

A: This one is a bit different because in the last one, I was assisting nurses, and in this one I'm doing practical applications myself, under supervision.

Q: How do you find the learning process in this hospital?

A: Here, there's always something new to learn about. I really love it! This place is always full with patients. I gain a lot of applied learning as I work with them.

Q: How is the internship organized?

A: We have 4 rotation cycles. I began with the intensive care unit and discovered an overwhelming number of patients experiencing 1st- 2nd-, and 3rd-degree burns. The next rotation – which I just finished—was in community medicine. The focus there is on vaccines, family planning, and counseling for pregnant women. This week I begin a new rotation in the maternity ward. I like the idea of this one. My last rotation will be in surgery.

In the next report, we will explore the latest developments in Claudine’s soaring level of confidence. It is exciting to witness as it evolves.

Thank you for the support you have provided to make Claudine’s nursing education a success. Our account balance has lowered due to decreasing donations, and we need to raise levels to ensure continuing payments for tuition, materials, and modest living expenses. We hope you can help us out.

Conveniently, GlobalGiving’s semi-annual Little by Little campaign is fast approaching. All online donations up to $50 given September 13–17 will be matched by 50%. We are grateful for any donation at any time, but please keep this in mind and spread the word to others you know in and beyond your community.

Thank you!

Brave patient, calm nurse
Brave patient, calm nurse
Claudine applies dressing to another leg wound.
Claudine applies dressing to another leg wound.

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I have the honor of writing to you with an update on my university studies.

I want to announce that I have made a decision to change my study routine. For the past year I encountered many difficulties with my coursework because I was studying alone in my rented room located a distance from campus. As a result, I am now obliged to repeat some courses.

I now study with a group of fellow students at the university library. I asked them to help me interpret notes from the classes I am repeating. We also study together on current coursework. I benefit from their explanations. Meeting at the library permits us to consult books that relate to what we are studying. I feel I am improving in my overall comprehension.

The English language is a struggle for me because I never learned it before college. So I especially appreciate my friends' tutelage in this subject.

I am grateful to the donors of GlobalGiving, who do not abandon support of me despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world. I want everyone to know that this support encourages me to succeed. I ask you to stay beside me.

 - Submitted by Claudine (translated from French)

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We are pleased to offer our first report of 2021 authored by Linnet Kasaya, Librarian at Hope Africa University, which Claudine attends. Linnet's low-key guidance and mentoring to Claudine has been critical as our student continues to navigate a still-new life in Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi.

Claudine is a third-year student in Nursing at Hope Africa University. She is a hardworking young woman despite traumatic events in her childhood. She is already a courageous and resourceful person. She appreciates your support not only for her academics but also to pay for a rented room with modest kitchen provisions. Her allowance specifically allows for fresh fruits and vegetables, which Claudine loves. The walk to campus is about 2 miles.

During my conversations with her, when we are not discussing more serious issues, Claudine conveys a joyful spirit with a good sense of humor.

Academically she is struggling a bit. She must work hard to respond to rigorous demands that she had not experienced in the Congolese town of Uvira, where she attended high school. University studies need much concentration and research work. Language is also a challenge for Claudine. She is most at ease with Kifuleru and Swahili, but the languages officially used at Hope Africa University are French and English. She learned French as a youth in Uvira, along with some English. Claudine is working hard to become more at ease with these two languages.

Despite all these demands, Claudine remains determined to succeed and to bring good to the world around her. Your support in the four dimensions of Claudine's life—physical, spiritual, intellectual, and moral—is elevating a strong woman. She is already a role model to society, particularly for vulnerable girls from small rural villages like Rwenena.

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Claudine's rotation included admin and assisting
Claudine's rotation included admin and assisting

Welcome to the Little by Little campaign! Throughout the week of Sept 14-18, GlobalGiving will match half of your donation up to $50. You can also start a recurring donation for an ongoing "little by little" show of support: Your first one will be matched after 3 months. Of course, your donations are welcome any time of year.

Thank goodness, there have been no cases of Covid-19 in Claudine’s university community, so her studies have continued uninterrupted. She recently completed her introductory internship at a local hospital. Her duties were performed mainly at the front desk, greeting and assisting new patients and asking preliminary questions before she accompanied them to the intake process with a registered nurse. She served 3 weeks in the emergency room and another 3 weeks in the maternity and pediatric ward.

In this new age of Covid-19, the UN reports that the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2 - "Ensuring Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All at All Ages" - has been set back considerably from meeting its goal in 2030. Among the implications of Covid-related health care disruptions:

 - Hundreds of thousands of additional under-5 deaths may be expected in 2020

 - Illness and deaths from communicable diseases will spike

 - Service cancellations will lead to 100% increase in malaria deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa

 - Childhood immunization programs have been interrupted in around 70 countries, including DR Congo

In such a disheartening environment, you may wonder if adding one more nurse to the work force can really make a difference. But when we remember the vulnerable rural areas in which Claudine would like to serve, one more nurse can save lives and inspire others to follow in her footsteps. For that prospect, we thank you for your support.

Don't forget, if you're reading this on or before September 18, 2020, your donation will be matched by 50% !

Everyone stay safe and well out there, please.

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Synergie des Associations Feminines du Congo (SAFECO)

Location: Bukavu, South Kivu Province - Congo, Democratic Republic of the
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Annette Scarpitta
Bukavu, South Kivu Province Congo, Democratic Republic of the

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