Kelly Morning Kenya Trip
Organized by: Kelly Morning
EVENT DATE Dec 25, 2014
In December 2014, I have an opportunity to travel with the University of Nevada, Reno to Kenya. I will be working with Tareto Maa in Kilgoris, Kenya on implementing a female empowerment program that will assist young females who have been victims of female genital cutting, child marriage, or traditional beading practices. We will also be educating the local communities about health isssues, including malaira, water saftey, chronic dieases, different cultures, etc. This would be an incredible chance to put all the tools I have been learning in school to actual use.
More information about Tareto Maa can be found at http://www.tareto-maa.org.
The trip is estimated to cost around $4,000 for tuition, room and board. There are also additional additional expense for travel (estimated $2,000) and other international traveling requirements (shots, medicines, etc.).
Many thanks to the Mammoth Hospital Auxiliary for an academic scholarship of $3,000. Because of the support, I am close to covering the cost of the programs tuition.
Any size donation to help me with travel and other expenses would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to call or email me with any further questions.
With all the hype surrounding Ebola coming to the US, I have received a ton of questions and concerns about my upcoming trip to Africa. Here are a few question answered:
1. Ebola is a virus that is transmitted via body fluids. Not by the air, food, water, or casual contact.
2. It is currently a major concern in West Africa…. I will be 4970 miles away in Eastern Africa
3. You have a greater risk of dying from the seasonal flu than contracting Ebola. REMEMBER TO GET YOUR FLU SHOT :)
4. One reason individuals in Africa are not being testing for Ebola is because the symptoms are so close to Malaria, which is also a very common problem in Africa. One of the sessions we will be teaching in Tareto Maa is about Malaria prevention.
5. I could get hit by a bus tomorrow and don’t want to live being afraid of something that probably won’t ever happen.
I appreciate all the concern for my safety. I am keeping tabs on the Ebola outbreak and other current events. If it escalates, the trip will be evaluated. At this point, it is still a go!
Why this trip is important to me:
As many of you know, I am currently pursuing my Masters in Public Health at the University of Nevada, Reno. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate degree at the University of Nevada, Reno, I have had several opportunities to work with local communities promoting public health. In 2011, I led a team to start an education program for young athletes with medical conditions to wear temporary medical tattoos during sporting events. In 2012, I completed an internship for High Sierra Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), a nonprofit organization that provides outreach programs to local schools and communities in Northwestern Nevada. I also worked at a summer camp called The Painted Turtle. This camp is part of the Serious Fun Children’s Network and is especially designed for children with life threatening medical conditions. In 2014, I started an intern position at the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services where I am completing a gap analysis and report on the available services for diabetes self-management education in the state of Nevada. While these are all opportunities that have allowed me to grow as a health educator, I am excited to announce a new opportunity with a global health perspective! During my undergrad courses, I was able to take a class specifically about global health. This opened my eyes to what is happening in the around the world in the eyes of public health. While I do not expect to change the planet with one trip to another country, I am very grateful for the opportunity to see first hand what health care and culture is like outside my small comfort zone.
Kelly M. Morning