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Send Sparky to Nursing School

Organized by: Carey Carpenter

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Carey Carpenter via Crowdrise
October 11, 2014

Friends - Thanks for helping us exceed our fundraising goal! Sparky is so appreciative and sends her thanks! School starts next month! See More

THE STORY:

As many of you know, I moved to Kampala, Uganda last March. During my first weeks here, I had the privilege of meeting seventeen-year-old Namugosa Shakirah Barbara Houser, whom I know as “Sparky.”

Sparky is talented. Honest. Motivated. A creative thinker and pensive writer you might find graduating from a top liberal arts university in America or the UK, had she been born there rather than here. Most importantly, and the reason I write you today, is that Sparky has dreams of earning her Nursing Certificate at St. Francis Hospital Training School in Kampala.

But I’m not just here to tell you Sparky’s story. I’m asking for help on her behalf. As in most countries, quality education does not come for free. Sparky’s 2.5-year course of study comes with a prohibitive price tag for low-income Ugandans. Her school fees include one semester tuition of USHS (Ugandan Shillings) 1,607,320 ($607.70), a one-time development fee of USHS 100,000 ($37.81), plus bank charges.

In addition to the fees above, Sparky must bring a long list of supplies: Uniform, treated mosquito net, jerry can, bed sheets, blood pressure machine, and anatomy textbook – just to name six of the thirty-one listed items. My back-of-envelope estimations put the supplies at roughly USHS 1,000,000 ($378.08).

In total, her first semester at Nursing School will cost Sparky nearly $1,000. Keep in mind that in 2009/10, the entry-level salary for a registered nurse in Uganda was $177.30. It’s easy to see how school fees become prohibitive for young, aspiring medical students like her.

Working in global health, I hear every day about the epidemic shortage of trained health workers in Africa. The continent needs some 7.2 million additional doctors, nurses, and other practitioners to address the health needs of a ballooning population. For me, supporting Sparky’s ambition is one important drop in the bucket to address this challenge.

I am asking for your financial donations to support Sparky. I am personally contributing and will work with Sparky to deposit the tuition funds raised in the school's bank account. Again, it’s a drop in the bucket, but a drop that promises tremendous ripple effects. Please feel free to share this link with others.

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$1,135

 

114% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

Laura

Laura

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Tyler Marshall

Tyler Marshall

3 years ago

Emily Carpenter

Emily Carpenter

DONATION: $25

This is awesome! Go sparky!!! 3 years ago

anonymous

anonymous

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Kat

Kat

DONATION: $50

Best of luck, Sparky! 3 years ago

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G

DONATION: $50

Good luck! Hopefully you can save me if I get malaria someday. 3 years ago

Anonymous

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DONATION: $25

So sweet of you! xx 3 years ago

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DONATION: $250

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