Tenwek School of Nursing in Kenya
Tenwek School of Nursing, ministering under the motto “Care in Christ’s Name,” has been providing qualified nurses to Tenwek Hospital (Bomet, Kenya) since June 1987. The purpose of Tenwek School of Nursing is to train Christian Kenyan young people to become competent nurses who can provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to their patients.
At any given time, 70 to 80 students (usually 50 percent male and 50 percent female) from all over Kenya are attending the school, which is a government-recognized institution. Students are required to meet government qualifications before being accepted into the three-and-a-half-year program, which trains them in the areas of general nursing, midwifery, and community nursing. The students are also given access to a fully-equipped practice lab to demonstrate and improve their skills.
In addition to their nursing studies, the students participate in small discipleship groups to help them grow in their walks with the Lord. Each year, the school holds a Spiritual Emphasis Week that provides a time of focused attention to hearing the Word of God. Through this emphasis on spiritual development, Tenwek School of Nursing graduates are able to spiritually care for patients and help them come to know Christ in a personal way.
The staff at the school is comprised of missionary nurses as well as Kenyan nurses. Each of the Kenyan nurses earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing prior to joining the staff, and many of them are working toward their master’s degrees.
Graduates of Tenwek School of Nursing are often hired to minister at Tenwek Hospital or one of its dispensaries as administrators, teachers, or nurses. Other graduates work in healthcare facilities throughout Kenya, including the Africa Gospel Church Baby Centre and Walter Reed Research in Kenya. They also serve with Red Cross International (Beirut, Lebanon) and as nursing staff in remote mission areas in Kenya. The graduates are in high demand because they are known for their excellent nursing skills and strong work ethic. To date, more than 280 students have graduated from Tenwek School of Nursing.
How can you get involved in this vital ministry that is changing lives both physically and spiritually in Kenya and beyond?
PRAY: Pray that the students and staff at Tenwek School of Nursing will continue to grow in their knowledge of nursing care as well as their walks with the Lord. Pray also that they will accurately reflect Jesus as they “Care in Christ’s Name.”
GIVE: Click on the links below to make donations that will change lives in Kenya and beyond. They’re waiting for you!
Student Financial Aid – To participate in the three-and-a-half-year program, each student must pay approximately $7,000, which includes tuition, room and board, uniforms, and textbooks. Donations to this fund will help offset the cost to the students and provide funding for the school’s interest-free financial aid program. Currently, 50 percent of students struggle to pay their educational costs. (25182)
Operations – A donation of $100 will provide operational expenses including spiritual growth materials for one student for his or her entire training program. (25164)
Staff Upgrade – In order to train excellent nursing students, the school needs well-trained staff. Training costs for one staff member are roughly $5,000 per year. Help Tenwek School of Nursing grow its staff so they can continue to educate quality students. (25187)
Staff Salary Endowment Fund – Increasing the number of well-trained Kenyan teachers increases the cost of salaries. Interest from this endowment fund assists the school in hiring qualified Kenyan teachers. (25171)
Equipment – A donation of $200 will assist the school in purchasing and maintaining classroom and office equipment, computers, and printers. (35007)
Projects – Help the school complete necessary maintenance and repair projects by providing the funds needed to construct and maintain academic buildings and dormitories. (35026)