The Kateri Tekakwitha Fund is supporting young Indigenous women in the Guatemalan Highlands who are studying nursing, awarding scholarships for study, and helping to cover the costs of the materials and equipment needed for their programs.
The worldwide nursing shortage is acute worldwide. This is true in Guatemala as well, especially of nurses who speak one of the 52 Guatemalan Indigenous languages. Many young Indigenous women would like to study nursing but the cost makes it beyond their reach. To make it possible for more of these women to study and help alleviate the nursing shortage, the Kateri Tekakwitha Fund is supporting young women with scholarships.
To solve this problem the Kateri Fund has established a scholarship program for study in the area of healthcare. It also provides funding for medical supplies like scissors, uniforms, and glucometers, so that the young women do not face financial hurdles when pursuing their education. With this training, the women will add to the supply of nurses, who can communicate with the Indigenous community, as well as have more opportunities to support themselves and their families.
The current campaign will support two students who are participating in the program in 2023. It will begin a program which will be expanded over the next five years to create a pool of Indigenous women who speak the Indigenous languages of Guatemala and can better serve the population.
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