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Our new program is underway: Plant A Seed, Grow A Nurse
Nurses know that the secret of life is to make things grow. This value, the
heart of the profession, is dramatic in sub-Saharan Africa because of the
shortage of physicians & the challenges of healthcare in countries where
access to medical care is difficult and expensive. Nurses perform many
valuable jobs, including
caregiver decision maker teacher communicator
manager of care patient advocate
This is affirmed by one of our graduates, Godfrey Omboi, helped through his final
years of nursing training by Project Harambee. See his story below.
Our first GROW A NURSE candidate is Barbara Onyango, a 3rd year student at
the Catholic University of Eastern Africa whose family has fallen on hard times.
$216 USD is the amount keeping her from entering her final year of nursing.
Fees for her senior year are $2,500. We hope to raise that amount & prevent loss
of this young woman's professional future Consider how many lives a nurse
touches in her career & please help us help her.
Join us in our quest to make the world a better place, a world more fair for us all.
If you have a favorite nurse or nursing student, if your mom or brother or sister is a
nurse, give them a gift that is the quintessential tribute to their commitment:
helping another to follow in their footsteps. For a birthday, Mother's Day, or
retirement, donate $20 (or more) to PLANT A SEED, GROW A NURSE in their
name. We'll send you a lovely gift card to present to them explaining our program
From Godfrey Omboi:
"Nursing has been enjoyable both as a tutor and in the clinical areas. I have
been able to help my parents to educate my siblings through the money that I
earn as a salary. I am grateful for Project Harambee to help me realize this.
"While I was a volunteer at Nyumbani Lea Toto Clinic, helping children living
with HIV aids, I came across a case that I will never forget in my life.
"A small boy of 14 years old who was infected with HIV during birth had not
been receiving care. Before he came, had been suffering from a condition that
the parents said was just a common cold which they managed at home through
over the counter drugs. Little did they know that their son was suffering from
HIV infection? When he became worse, they took him to the hospital for
inpatient care. There the physician diagnosed HIV infection with CD4 count of
54. At this point the young boy was vulnerable to the opportunistic infection.
He was emaciated, with poor appetite and in pain, his life was in danger!
Unfortunately that hospital did not have antiretroviral drugs and hence he
was transferred to our facility. Our facility was well equipped we managed to
do several tests and established his clinical status. After that, the boy was
started on Anti-retroviral therapy, counseling and nutritional therapy and
follow up. We followed up the boy and within three months he was up. I was
really touched by the success and I saw how much we helped save a life of
young boy. This among many other cases that I have encountered as a nurse
and I have seen various life's changed.

"Being a nurse has been a satisfactory experience connecting to the
suffering patients, offering care to them and bringing a smile on their faces. I
have served a number of patients with various conditions that are debilitating
but seen them recover.
"In Kenya, it is easier to train nurses than medical doctors. In our
country the clinics at the community level are managed by nurses who treat
minor illness or provide initial care to a patient before transfer for specialized
care to a facility where they will be tended to by physicians.
"At the referral hospitals, nurses again play a vital role in the care of our
patients. They provide patients with total nursing care, including assisting
with activities of daily living, tending to psychological needs & providing
specialized care in emergencies before a physician can be called.
"Most of the nurses in Kenya are certificate nurses and some are diploma
holders, this means that they are not adequately prepared to take care of a
patient comprehensively in case of an emergency hence might lead to loss of
a life or complication of a disease hence debilitating the patients. To curb this,
the government recently introduced degree programs in nursing to equip
nurses to provide advanced care. However this hasn't picked well because
most Kenyans are not able to afford the cost for training as a nurse, about
4000 USD per year."

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