From the beginning of the new millennium, world leaders have been working with the United Nations to shape a better understanding on how to fight poverty in its many dimensions. Together they formed eight development goals, creating a successful and potent anti-poverty movement around the world for the past 15 years. The framework has since shown gaps and is in need of reassessment, especially in the area of health care workers. There is a shortage of nurses around the world, but it is felt distinctly in developing countries.
For example, in countries like Haiti, DR Congo, Malawi and Kenya, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that forty percent of nurses will leave health care employment in the next decade. The consequences of a shortage are critical; exhausted nurses working for a lower wage in poorly staffed hospitals. With demanding work and little to no pay, younger health workers receive too few incentives to stay where they are, or even in the nursing profession at all.
Your Ministry is Making a Difference
One of MBF’s focus areas to combat the cycle of poverty in health care is to send aspiring men and women to nursing school so that they can serve their communities through quality health care practices. With your partnership we have been able to work with Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti (FSIL) in Haiti, as well as Institut Medical Chretien du Kasai (IMCK) in DR Congo and others. Your continued generosity is making a lasting impact in the individual lives in these communities.
Lives like Olmy Polynice who has this to say: “I am full of joy to write you, to thank you and tell you about my satisfactions at the nursing school. During the two past year(s) until now I feel that I am so proud to be an FSIL student (at) this prestigious school. I thank you a lot for your support to me because my goal is to help develop my country in the future. I would love that you continue to support me for the rest of my training. Again, I thank you for your help and please receive my best regards!”
There is also Diane Aurélie Réjouis who sends you her best regards. “I would like to thank you and congratulate you for all you (have) done for our dear nursing school (FSIL) especially to me. Thanks to your support I will finish the academic year 2017-2018 again without stress for money to pay my tuition. For that I thank you so much. I would like to encourage you to continue to do what you are doing now that will help more young men and women to be educated. Please receive my best regards!”
Your giving empowers young people like Olmy and Diane who have the abilities and the drive, but lack the resources to go after their dreams. Poverty strips away any chance at hope, but when people, like you, step in to encourage and equip them with the ability to better themselves and their own families, communities begin to thrive. Your ministry of providing nursing school scholarships has birthed numerous success stories. There are Doctors, RN’s and Chiefs of Surgery who came from the same humble beginnings. With your help, they were able to realize their potential, and are continuing to save lives and share the Gospel.
How Can You Help?
Nurses are imperative not only in the delivery of essential health care services, but are at the core overall in the areas of improvement and advancement of health care systems. MBF believes that to build sustainable health care ministries we must develop and support indigenous health care workers. This means making sure that potential nursing students are given the chance to attend school and are prepared with the supplies they need to be successful. Will you help someone like Diane or Olmy succeed in life?
- For a gift of $50 you could provide a nursing student with supplies for the school year.
- A gift of $450 can cover the cost of a month of school for a nursing student.
- For $4000 you could provide a student with one full year of nursing school.
Thank you for your ministry to nursing students, and the future of quality health care through medical missions in the developing world.