Project #6765

Help Ugandan Youth Earn Nursing Certifications

by Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation

Five (5) students supported by Global Giving scholarships have passed national examinations.

The 5 students have rigistered with with the National Council for Nurses and Midwiives and are eligible to practice nursing.

This makes a cumulative total of  22 nursing students who have attained certifiicates with the support from Globing Giving. Three (3) students students supported by Global Giving are still in training and are expected to complete in the next 2 years.

Many thanks to all those at/through Global Giving who have made it possible for these students to earn certificates in nursing.

May they be be blessed more.

students assisted 2014 Jan
students assisted 2014 Jan

Yet another joyous moment at Mayanja memorial Medical Traing Institutes as more student nurses get supported financially due to your donations at Global Giving where solutions are provided to global issues, thank you all.

A notice was posted at notice boards both at the Training Institute and the Foundation offices in June 2013 and a total of 25 students applied during the stipulated time.In two meetings held in September 2013 all the applications were assessed by the committee according to the following agreed criteria which awarded points according to whether one was a complete orphan, from hard to reach area, or from a family that is regarded as poverty stricken. Academic performance was given consideration and whether the student had exhibited difficulty in meeting financial requirements of the Institute.

Verification of information in the application forms was done, this included making calls to Community development Officers, Local council leaders and from their previous Schools there was more insight in the student’s financial inabilities. There after scores were assigned basing on information provided on the applications and gathered data from their respective villages.

The funds available are approximately USD 5800, this could enable support for eleven (11) students up to completion of their courses and these are;- Joseph, Yokonia, Dovico, Barbara, Justus, Sharon, Kenneth, Edith, Chris, Medard, and Jolly all these required on average approximately 600 $ (dollars) each. Appreciation goes to our partners at Global Giving who have sacrificed their funds to avail a future to these young boys and girls as graduate nurses. Appreciation to all of you who contribute to this noble cause, our prayer at Maynja Memorial Medical Training Institute is that the Almighty power blesses you. Let us assist more nursing students graduate as nurses. Thank you Global Giving.

Students submitted applications and my, all stories raise your sympathetic side enormously, they leave you tear filled with an aching to help all if it were possible.  For Instance there is one male nurse student Dovico B, he comes from a hard to reach area in the Rwenzori mountain ranges, when he was 3 years old he lost his father to HIV/AIDS and the mother followed a few years later.

Relatives joined hands to assist him grow up, in turns would pay tuition for his school through primary level and to them he had acquired enough education to warrant dropping out of school at primary seven. He dropped out, started to do casual jobs around the village while saving the little earnings, jobs like brick making, digging in other peoples’ gardens for a fee  and some times working as a porter at construction sites. Dovico saved little by little at the end of one year he sought out a secondary school which he joined for secondary education. The money saved was enough to pay fully for only one academic year, in his second year the headmaster gave him an after class job to slash the compound so as to raise some money to cater for school dues. Dovico would go back to manual jobs to top up during holidays; this affected his performance greatly though he managed a credit.

He was out of school for two years working and saving, there after joined Mayanja Memorial Medical Training Institute. His savings paid for one semester, the cycle repeated itself. This is a real Orphan Vulnerable nursing student who needs all the support he can get and he applied, been vetted for the sponsorship.

Thanks to Global Giving partners for joining us to support such nursing students realize their dreams and raise human resource for health. Dovico is just one example many more painful stories that were received.

Thank you Global Giving for give us this platform.

We are happy to report that it is once again that time to select new students to enroll on the scheme, very exciting to see that together with GlobalGiving partners, student-nurses can be assisted to achieve their dream of graduating as nurses.

This is the time so many painful stories stream in and one wonders what type of world we live in, children heading families at such young ages, others have never known who their parents were apart from small talk around in the villages.

Example is Barbra’s Story born in June 2000 lost her Father to War in the northern part of Uganda after an attack by the rebel Kony forces, her elder brother who was ten years then was also kidnapped and has never been seen again. Barbra’s Mother started to fend for her three children single handedly since then, Uganda people’s Defense Forces (UPDF) gave a helping hand to her through out secondary by allowing Barbra to study in the army school where all children are paid for by the government. Barbra’s mother is not educated, is subsistence farmer and gets little money by selling some of the food crops grown from the gardens. This helps raise money for the young ones (siblings to Barbra) who are still in lower levels senior 3 and P.6 respectively. Barbra is helped by a well wisher (Cousin) who contributes a half of the required fees whenever he can; she has never completed payments within the semester because of raising it in bits and pieces.

At this time again as we read through student’s applications one empathizes and making decisions who to give the scholarship becomes a painful exercise. If only funds raised were sufficient all 35 nurses who applied would be sponsored.

I appreciate generous contributions GlobalGiving partners and appeal to you friends across the world to raise more contributions so that together we make the world a better place to live in by enabling a nursing student to graduate as a nurse. GlobalGiving partners we salute you.

result slip for project nursing student
result slip for project nursing student

Happy New Year, dear friends with great hearts to change the world! At Mayanja Medical Training Institute we appreciate your efforts to help transform the lives of vulnerable nursing students through your donations. Since the start of the scholarship fund, just over two years ago, we have together enabled 18 nursing students to successfully complete the course. I am glad to inform you that four students who sat for their state examinations most recently have attained good credits; I am attaching results of one of the beneficiaries, Akampurira Christine.

Christine is an orphaned child from a very poor household in Kakindo Rwaibaare. She was on the verge of withdrawing from the course in her first semester (two and a half years ago), due to her inability to cover school fees. Christine received a scholarship from GlobalGiving, which allowed her to pursue her studies calmly and without any worries.  Christine has not let us down in any way:  she has excelled academically and has served as a role model with her behavior, perseverance and discipline. She is now the head of Health Centre three in her county. She is ever grateful to our sponsors on GlobalGiving and the Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation who have enabled her to study nursing.


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Mayanja Memorial Hospital Foundation

Location: Mbarara, Western Region - Uganda
Website: http:/​/​​?link=home
Project Leader:
Jerome Kabakyenga
Mbarara, Western Region Uganda
$28,693 raised of $50,000 goal
171 donations
$21,307 to go
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