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Tenwek Hospital: College of Health Sciences

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The Nursing Program at Tenwek Hospital College of Health Sciences (formerly Tenwek School of Nursing) ministers under the motto “Care in Christ’s Name” and has been providing qualified nurses to Tenwek Hospital (Bomet, Kenya) since June 1987. The purpose of the program 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, 130-150 students (approximately 1/3 male and 2/3 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 Hospital College of Health Sciences 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.

To date, more than 350 students have graduated from Tenwek Hospital College of Health Sciences. Graduates are often hired at Tenwek Hospital or one of its offsite 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. 

How can you get involved in this vital ministry that is changing lives both physically and spiritually in Kenya and beyond?


Pray that the students and staff at Tenwek Hospital College of Health Sciences 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.”


Besides contributing to the general needs of Tenwek College of Health Sciences, here are some additional ways to give:

  • 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. Currently, 50 percent of students struggle to pay their educational costs. Donations to this fund will help offset the cost to the students and provide funding for the school’s interest-free financial aid program. 
  • Staff Needs: 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 Hospital College of Health Sciences grow its staff so it can continue to educate quality students. 
  • Equipment: A donation of $200 will assist the school in purchasing and maintaining classroom and office equipment, computers, and printers. 
  • Projects: Help the school complete necessary maintenance and repair projects by providing the funds needed to construct and maintain academic buildings and dormitories. 

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