Monday 20 August 2018
Two intrepid Midwifery students are putting their knowledge and skills to good use by travelling to Africa for a volunteering placement at a rural orphanage.
From 18th August to 1st September 2018, Adelle Boughen from Milton Keynes and Charlotte Ames who is from Daventry will work in a village called Narook in Kenya.
They will help build a school for children who have a disability, deliver essential items and toys donated from well-wishers in the UK, as well as visit mothers who have HIV and provide emotional support for the children there.
Adelle and Charlotte, who will enter their final year of studies from September, have also launched a GoFundMe page to help raise money for the orphanage and school.
Adelle said: “This is the first-time I’ve ever organised anything like this and without the encouragement from our lecturers, we might not have got this trip off the ground.
“It’s entirely self-funded, but we’ve had massive support from the Midwifery team, Missions Direct who manage the orphanage and Sainsbury’s, who started a donation drive for items such as shoes, clothes and toys that we will take out with us.
“We really hope people can get behind us and give a little cash to support the orphanage’s good work.”
Charlotte added: “In some parts of Africa, their approach to midwifery is not as clinical as here in the UK; they have a real ‘back to basics’ approach.
“Having this amazing opportunity to learn and work alongside this completely fresh perspective will not only change our lives but, hopefully, we can also give a little extra help to those we meet along the way.”