Support Nurses in Kurdistan!

The University of Raparin  is a public university located in the city or Rania in Northern Iraq.  Media portrayals of Iraq paint a dangerous picture of a war torn area. In fact, the Kurdish region is a beautiful area that has worked hard, despite incredible challenges, to rebuild infrastructure and the health care system in the face of multiple challenges. The university itself is a young institution, but has developed an excellent College of Nursing. 

Strong nursing programs are foundational for both public health and primary care. Building this program is critical for the health care system, both now and in the future. 

This campaign is designed to raise money for three separate projects.

Phase 1. Building Student Capacity: Completed! Thank you! Three students (two female and one male) from the nursing program have had a paper selected to be presented in Johannesburg, South Africa on gender equality in the region. This is an incredible honor, but they need funds to go. The first $5000 dollars of this campaign will provide airfare, hotel accomodations, and money for meals for the students to attend the conference.  Timeframe: Immediate. If these funds are not raised, the students will not be able to go.

Phase 2 - Continuing Education for Faculty: The Faculty of Nursing staff at University of Raparin are passionate and dynamic. They function like a supportive family. But they need help! They want to improve their skills, they want to attend continuing education in other places to learn best practices, they want to have visiting scholars come and teach them, and they want to bridge barriers and create ongoing collaborations with nursing programs in the United States, Canada, and Europe. $5000 will be spent for faculty to attend educational programs outside of Kurdistan and/or bring experts into Kurdistan. Timeframe: Ongoing until raised. Classes begin in mid September and faculty must plan for time away. 

Phase 3. Equipment: Any nursing program relies heavily on up to date equipment and simulation models. Equipment is expensive and needs regular upkeep. The second $5000 will be used to create simulation labs with state of the art simulation models. Timeframe: 3 Months. Classes begin in mid-September. 

My connection to the project: As a nurse, I was recently honored to visit University of Raparin and sit with faculty of nursing, learning about their program and the successes and challenges. I cannot express the passion and joy that surrounds this group. They long for people to come along side them. The area has seen years of difficulty and tragedy, but the resilience and hope is remarkable. These projects are small, but mighty. I joined the faculty in September of 2018 and am currently living in the city of Rania, working at the university. 

Why should you help?
 1. Sustainability -
the program is already in existence, you are choosing to come alongside it 
2.  Resource challenged area  -
Despite the fact that the Kurdish area of Iraq struggles with resources, they took in thousands of refugees and made room for thousands more displaced people. This is a drain on any economy. Programs at public universities suffer when funds are diverted to other places. 
  Nursing as foundational to health care - Nurses are foundational to health care systems. You can have the best doctors in the world, but without nurses both public health programs and hospital care suffer. Building a strong and accountable group of nurses a world away will have lasting impact. 

Would you think of donating today? Thank you so much! 




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Marilyn Gardner 
Cambridge, MA
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