TWU nursing students raise funds for Kenyan hospital

The students are working for the summer at the small rural health centre

Two nursing students from Trinity Western University have raised more than $6,700 in a GoFundMe campaign for the rural Kenyan hospital where they are volunteering for the summer.

Johanna Ens-MacIver and Emma Neufeld are third-year students at TWU who wrote that they felt called to volunteer at Kenya over their 2019 summer break.

They headed to Limuru, a small tea farming town outside Nairobi and close to Africa’s Rift Valley.

“During our volunteer shifts thus far, we have come to realize the severe lack of resources within the local hospital,” they wrote on their GoFundMe page. “This small hospital has an amazing staff of local nurses, midwives, and doctors who work extremely hard to treat the ongoing heavy flow of patients. However, this can become difficult when faced with a great lack of medical supplies.”

The duo created their fundraising project on May 14 with the goal of raising $8,000 to buy an array of medical supplies including IV sets, soap and hand sanitizer, stethoscopes, blood pressure monitors, surgical tools, and mattresses and linens.

A small amount of the money raised will also go towards the community of about 70 families that lives in Limuru, the duo said.

A drought in Kenya is hitting the income of the farmers around Limuru, who make about $1 per kilogram of tea picked, said Ens-MacIver and Neufeld.

“Please know all donations will go extremely far in helping the medical staff of Limuru Hospital as well as assisting the farming community in this time of drought,” they wrote.

They money will go towards purchasing food for local families.

The total shopping list for Limuru includes:

• Blood pressure monitors

• Stethoscopes

• Gloves

• Syringes, cannulas, and needles

• Catheters

• Gauze, sterile dressing kits, and tape

• Glucose monitors

• IV sets

• Swabs, applicators, specimen collectors

• Soap and hand sanitizer

• Non-stick sterile gauze

• Surgical tools, sutures kits, and staples

• Thermometers

• Condoms

• Medical supply carts

• Antibiotics ointments

• Medications

• Mattresses and linens

• Pulse oximeter

• Scrubs, medical gowns, aprons, masks, and hair nets

• Eye protection

• Diapers and female hygiene pads

• Fetal stethoscopes

• Fetal and infant tubing

• Cord clamps

Just Posted

Canada continues to win at world indoor lacrosse championships in Langley

Read the results of the action on day 2 of the 2019 World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor World Championship

Giants win first game of regular season

Road trip off to a good start with Prince George victory

Suspects sought in Langley crimes

Langley RCMP have released surveillance photos of a number of suspects

UPDATE: ‘Mortifying smell’ alerts local employees to fire inside the Alder Inn

The inn was evacuated before fire crews extinguished flames in an upstairs room

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

One-in-five British Columbians think they’ll win big while gambling: study

Roughly 58 per cent of British Columbians bought at least one lottery ticket in past year

Takaya, B.C.’s intriguing lone wolf, seen eating seal and howling away on Discovery Island

Fun facts about Takaya the wolf, like his a 36-hour tour around Chatham, Discovery Islands

Surrey school district OKs students skipping class for global climate strike

Students must be excused from school by parents; will be able to make up missed work without penalty

Resident finds loaded shotgun inside a duffle bag in Kelowna alleyway

RCMP seized a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, ammunition, clothing and other items

Graffiti, calls and Snapchat: RCMP probe string of threats targeting Kamloops schools

There have been nine different threats made to four different schools in the city

Oak Bay father’s testimony at murder trial like plot of ‘bad low-budget movie:’ Crown

Crown alleged Andrew Berry’s ‘entire story of Christmas Day is a lie’

Most Read