My name is Caitlin Ellis. I am currently a nursing student in a cooperative program through Weber State University and Utah State University in Logan, Utah. On May 15, I will be traveling to Kenya Maasai where I will spend 12 weeks volunteering as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in a medical program. Poverty has a large impact on the quality of life and the community Maasai people. Due to the remote location of the Maasai communities, and limited funds, there is a comparative lack of medical knowledge, supplies and education. This limits the care that can be provided to the rural and remote communities and means that the care that does exist is spread very thin among the wider community. The Maasai Medical Placement therefore encompasses a number of fields, and medical professionals and students are sorely needed. Volunteer work on this project includes many aspects and on any given day I may be assisting with the running of a local health clinic, administering vaccinations, providing support to women during pregnancy, birth and after-care, outreaches to communities further afield, counseling, and HIV/AIDs awareness and education through campaigns and, when possible, providing HIV/AIDs testing and treatment services.
My goal is to raise $5,000. $4,000 will be used to cover the cost of accommodation, meals, orientation, program placement, administration costs of the program, airfare to Kenya Maasai, in country travel, and vaccinations. The remaining amount will be invested in projects being undertaken by the local NGOs and communities with whom I will be working.
With this donation page combined with a variety of other fundraising activities, I will be able to successfully volunteer as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Kenya Maasai. Any donation is appreciated, and will help to improve the quality of life for our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world!