Sturgeon County college students travelling to Africa
U of A nursing students want to help kids in Ghana
Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 06:00 am
Two young ladies from Sturgeon County want to take what they’ve learned at university and use it to help children in a foreign country.
Kiri Chabaniuk and Lindsay Low, who both hail from the Namao area, are each enrolled in collaborative nursing at the University of Alberta, something these long-time friends said they always wanted to do. Both of these girls are veterans of the 4-H system and have spent time working as counsellors with youth for the organization.
So while the two friends ended up in nursing together at university, they’re leaving in a few weeks to use the skills they’ve already gained to help kids in the developing African nation of Ghana. “We’re going on a trip here in May,” said Chabaniuk at the Gazette office last Thursday.
The two nursing students are travelling to the town of Takoradi, and will be working in a regional hospital there. They will be assisting with labour, delivery and ICU-neonatal. Also, Chabaniuk noted the two nurses-to-be will be working at an HIV outreach clinic, a child health clinic and will be giving some immunizations to children.
Low said the pair chose a reliable organization to host them. “We’re going through a program called Work the World,” she said. The organization gives students an opportunity to work abroad in healthcare. The girls chose Ghana because Work the World owns a home there and is already established in the community.
“They really try to tailor it to what you’re interested in, and we’re both interested in babies,” said Low, who said the pair was just sitting and chatting one day about helping others, and decided they would see if they could join an overseas program.
The girls are organizing the trip themselves; Work the World is not affiliated with the U of A. Chabaniuk and Low said they’ve had their qualifications confirmed by the university, but otherwise the U of A is not involved.
So the two are fundraising to help with the cost of their trip, and also to show up in Ghana with some much-needed supplies. Chabaniuk said the girls have a goal of $10,000 to help with travel costs, immunizations and they also plan to use some of it to buy supplies for the hospital they’ll be working at. She said the hospital is short of supplies.