Fund Fatu Kekula's final year of nursing school
Organized by: Christopher Harmon
I as a nurse have been worried about the spread of the Ebola virus and the lack of support for the nations that suffer most. I read an article this morning about Fatu Kekula, a 22 year old woman from Kakata, Liberia, who after being turned away from local hospitals was left to care for her 4 family members stricken with Ebola single handedly. She was able to save 3 out of 4 of her family members. She kept them clean, started intravenous lines to administer fluids and prevented contracting the virus with self made personal protective equipment. She is a nursing student and has one more year of school in order to attain her degree and I would like to help fund her last year of school. I think her courage and skills are some that the world of nursing desperately need. I believe that to change the world it takes one person to use their ability to help uplift another person to the next level in their life. I think that government help is great, but it is aimed at helping stop this acute outbreak with money for hospitals, equipment and drugs. Those things are important and necessary, but the people who staff those hospitals, use the equipment and administer the medications are more important and sometimes forgotten. I believe that someone like Fatu Kekula could go on to help educate all of West Africa and the world on ways to mitigate such deadly viral outbreaks. This small effort of donating funds for her to complete nursing school could save thousands, if not millions of lives in the future. The power of the internet and social media make it possible to help in situations like this, but it takes our most valuable resource, the people to make it all come together. Her courage has inspired me to take action and wait no longer. I have always wanted help in a humanitarian way, but always put it off as something I would do later in life once I some how acquire wealth. After hearing this story I have decided that I must act single handedly and at once. Which is what Fatu Kekula was left to do when four of her relatives fell ill with Ebola. In my future goals there is a section for a charity or nonprofit organization. I have told myself that somehow I would have to give back to make the world a better place. The current affairs of the global health concern from Ebola have caused me to start this fundraiser without a specific charity or nonprofit in place, instead I will start it alone under my name, Christopher Lynn Harmon. Because of this expedient set up there is still some dots I must connect over the next week or two, like how much is her tuition, how will I get her the money and a few others. Typically questions such as these can slow a process to a halt and never allow the project to get wings in order to fly to its place of need. I promise that the funds collected will make it to her for her school tuition. I also hope to somehow get a video from her stating how grateful she is for all of you helping one person reach a better place intellectually and in return creating a safer, healthier and happier environment for all! I currently have no money, but with my next paycheck I will donate 30 dollars and If the goal of 3,000 is met I vow to shave my head bald in order to raise more awareness for the need of better healthcare in underserved populations across the globe!