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Support Nurses in Kurdistan!

$5,425 of $15,000 goal

Raised by 77 people in 6 months
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.

1. Building Student Capacity: 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. 

2. 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. 

3. 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 creating three programs: First for visiting scholars; second for a first ever March conference inviting nursing faculty from all over Kurdistan to network and learn together; third - for faculty to attend educational programs outside of Iraq. Timeframe: 1-6 months. Classes begin in mid September and faculty must plan for time away. Also, scholars in Europe and the United States need time to prepare and get permission from their institutions. Conference planning is beginning now with a tentative date of late March. 

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. 

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. 
3.
  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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I am so thrilled to give you an update on the first part of the project! I have now been in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq for 3 weeks. As soon as I arrived I began working on making sure the students could get to the conference. There have been many, many barriers but I am so delighted to report that today we registered them for the conference!! They still need visas, but the university is backing the effort 100%, the families have given permission for them to travel, and we are pressing forward. This is just an incredible opportunity for these students! Thank you so much! If you would be willing to share, I’m looking for partners to give $25 each to complete the rest of the projects!!
Students who are going to South Africa!
Me and the students!
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So grateful to those who have donated! Thank you! We now have enough to send the three students to South Africa for the conference in October! Next goal is to provide their housing! Then we will focus on the equipment. Thank you more than I can say for your commitment to a university and that you have never met!
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