Support for Nursing Students

History of this support:  In the 1980s, Jim helped start a nursing school in a rural part of DRC (Rwanguba), where educational opportunities tend to be very limited but medical needs very pressing.  In January 2009, Jim visited the school and met with students worried about tuition inflation.  He realized the high impact of having to pay an extra $50 in a place where there are no loans available, and $50 is greater than the average monthly salary (for reference: a city policeman makes $50 a month, so imagine the budget for rural students).

How donations will be used:  This scholarship provides tuition assistance for the nursing school students in Rwanguba.  The money will be given directly to the institution and $50 applied to each student’s account, so that everyone will benefit equally.  The CAMPaign helped to fulfill Jim’s promise and provide assistance to 40 students.  We are poised to give this support again in 2010.  We hope to renew this tuition contribution annually, and keep the scholarship active and funded.  The school currently enrolls 40 students, making our donation $2000 annually.

Who benefits & how: Your support benefits underserved communities, like Fulton County.  Your gifts mean that more qualified and talented nurses will be circulating in the health system in Congo, because it:

  1. increases graduation rates and puts more nurses into circulation.  Students can focus on studying rather than working to earn extra money, which interferes with the time and focus they need. 
  2. serves as a force of equal opportunity, because the financial burden of inflation normally puts extra pressure on economically disadvantaged students, forcing them out of the system, regardless of how bright and promising they are. 
  3. invests in the whole region’s health and development.  This is the only nursing school in that area of Congo, so when you help these students, you are helping to increase the quality of health care in the whole region.  Schools must cover the costs of teaching staff, materials, and general inflation, and this leads to rising tuition.  By helping cover inflation, you are also keeping the school running.