Heartfelt thanks to the Flint Chapter of SCI for the donations to the UM-Flint/Kenyan service project. Two nursing faculty, Linda Knecht and Rose Luster-Turner, along with five “ready to graduate” 2nd degree nursing students, Colleen Knecht, Amrita Joseph, Leslie Stein, Jessica Thomas, and, Sarah White, traveled to Kenya for a two week study abroad service learning experience. Donations from SCI were shared between two hospitals, two orphanages, and a high school for orphaned/destitute children.
Students and faculty assisted in providing nursing services at St. Mary’s Mission Hospitals in Nairobi and in Rift Valley. A Health Fair including screening and health education was conducted over three afternoons for 152 high school students who live in orphanages or in the slums. For many of these children, it was the first time they had their blood pressure assessed or talked with a nurse. Forty-four young girls (1-14 years old) who are living with HIV/AIDS are cared for at St. Theresa’s House of Hope in Elementita. Students and faculty spent time interacting and playing with the children. It was a great service/learning/study abroad trip for all.
We learned and received from the children and people of Kenya as much, if not more, as we gave in service. A second trip to Kenya with 9 students will occur at the end of May with Maureen Tippen and Deb Filos as Nursing faculty leaders. The SCI donations that were brought to each of the locations were truly appreciated. Your generosity has directly and positively touched the lives of children and adults in Kenya.