Meet Jocelyn Macharia, RN
Jocelyn is 50 years old and lives with her husband in the Central Highlands of Kenya, near Mt. Kenya. She speaks English and Kiswahili. She is a Kenya registered nurse and nurse midwife, with specialization in maternal child health and reproductive health. Jocelyn owns and manages a health center that offers maternity, antenatal, and youth services, especially focusing on sexually transmitted diseases and persons affected by HIV/AIDS. In the past twenty years, over 1.5 million people in Kenya have died of this disease, resulting in 1.8 million children left as orphans and another 1.4 million living with the infection.
Jocelyn says, “I have been dealing with infected, affected—that is the orphans, people living with AIDS and also the widows and I feel inadequate with little knowledge of HIV/AIDS. I have felt a call to deeply expand my knowledge and help the community at large in Kenya.”
Jocelyn has been accepted to start her master’s degree in Community Pastoral Care & HIV/AIDS through the distance learning program at St. Paul’s University in Limuru, Kenya, starting in May, 2009. Limuru is in Kiambu District in Central Province, about a one hour drive from Nairobi. St. Paul’s is affiliated with the University of Wales Lampeter which will grant the MA degree upon completion of the three years. The program is designed so that the students will continue in their own professional practice while they are enrolled, traveling to the Limuru campus for a total of 46 days and receiving instruction in their own locality for the remainder of the time.
Jocelyn is excited about the possibility of getting this education but she does not have the money to pay the tuition. This is a three year program and the total cost is 576,000KSh, not including travel and accommodation, or the equivalent of about $7200 in U.S. money. She needs 20,000KSh ($250) immediately to secure her acceptance and the remainder will be needed as she goes along.
She says, “I have been praying God to help me to pursue masters degree, but I was limited in finances. I am working in the rural areas of less privileged and I will be grateful if assisted to pursue the course since knowledge is power.”
I am counting on each of you to find at least $10 in your pocket—better yet $20 or more—to invest in Jocelyn. Then please send this story to nurse colleagues everywhere and to family and friends and ask them to become part of Jocelyn’s success by investing in her through BBI. Let’s let her know, “We’ve gotcha’ covered, Jocelyn!”
Many, many thanks!
Ginger Manley for TNAP