Thanks to the ongoing support of generous donors over the past year, we are very pleased to welcome eight new Gretta Scholars. Their perseverance in the face of obstacles and their desire to help their communities are truly inspiring.
Let me introduce one of these scholars (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy):
Josephine is the daughter of subsistence farmers from an island in the Mukono District. With assistance to cover her primary school fees, she was the first child in her family to complete “Senior 4”—similar to a basic high school. She became interested in becoming a health worker when a brother received serious head injuries in a boda boda(motorcycle taxi) accident, and died in her arms while being transferred between understaffed health facilities.
She was inspired to become a health professional to “contribute to saving people’s lives” and received a scholarship from the Ministry of Health to complete a basic “enrolled” midwife certificate. She has practiced as a midwife for four years, and pays for her younger siblings’ school fees. Unfortunately, her minimal training does not meet international standards and does not fully prepare her for the complications midwives often encounter.
Thanks to your generosity, TGF is providing Josephine a “scale-up” scholarship to secure an internationally-recognized diploma in midwifery that will deepen her knowledge and expand her life-saving skills.
On behalf of TGF, and these remarkable Gretta Scholars, thank you for partnering with us in this work of supporting health and hope.