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. Our goal is to renew this tuition contribution annually, and keep the student support active and funded. The school currently enrolls 40 students, making our donation $2000 annually.
Who benefits & how: Your support benefits underserved communities (like the rural PA area, Fulton County, where the FCMC Foundation does its regional work). Your contributions mean that Congo's health system will have more qualified and talented nurses; your gifts of support:
- increase graduation rates and puts more nurses into circulation. Students can focus on studying rather than working to earn extra money, which would interfere with the time and focus they need.
- serve 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. You even the playing field by ensuring that all students have the chance to succeed.
- sustain educational opportunities for future students. Schools must cover the costs of teaching staff, materials, and general inflation, and this leads to rising tuition. By giving to the school, you ensure its continued operation.
- invest in the whole region’s health and wellness. This is the only nursing school in the area, so when you help these students, you are increasing the quality of health care in the whole region.