2017 Donations

April 2017: HAITI

Shelia Rittgers, Duke Pediatric Social Worker

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Durham, NC; outreach in Haiti.

April 2017: HONDURAS

Duke School of Nursing, interdisciplinary course travels to Honduras every year for a cultural immersion experience and medical outreashe providing primary care and health education to rural communities.

April 2017: Huehuetenango, GUATEMALA

Duke School of Nursing, Nursing Without Borders global health interest group partnered with Curamericas Global to provide sustainable health care in medically underserved communities.

April 2017: Ntagacha, TANZANIA

Duke School of Nursing medical mission trip to Teamwork City of Hope orphanage and clinic in Ntagacha, Tanzania.

April 2017: Huehuetenango, GUATEMALA

Curamericas Global, contact: Marianne Drexler


June 2017: Kibera, Nairobi, KENYA

Chapel Hill Bible Church partnered with Beacon of Hope, an organization providing a variety of services to better the lives of residents in the Kware slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya.  This project provided clinical services and rapid impact medical packs to slum residents.

June 2017: Naama, UGANDA

Duke undergraduate students Ahling Zhang, Catherine Yang, Jim Liu and John Bollinger participated in Duke Global Health Institute Student Research Training in a village 2 hours southwest of Kampala.  Their study focused on studying and improving water quality, gathering data on maternal health trends and researching cardiovascular statistics.  They also organized a health fair near their study site at the end of their project.


Brianna Lareau, an EMT from Durham, NC is working with Mercy House of the Philippines to establish a medical clinic at a safe house for street boys.


July 2017:  La Romana, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Heather Ebron is an RN at Duke who volunteered with Team Tampa Bay Missions whose goal is to promote medical care and education to underserved communities around the world.


July 2017: NEPAL

Bijan Abar is a Duke medical student who volunteered with International Medical Relief to provide mobile medical clinics and sustainable health education in Nepal.


July 2017: Kapsabet, KENYA and Suam, UGANDA

Melissa Smith is a Duke RN who volunteered with Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, NC to provide medical clinics in rural Nandi Hills region of western Kenya and eastern Uganda.

August 2017: TANZANIA

Duke School of Nursing project at Kilema Hospital, Catholic Diocese of Moshi, Tanzania.

August 2017: PHILIPPINES

Rusty Aujero is a retired nurse in Durham, NC who helped organized this an annual medical mission to provide free medical surgical eye and dental services to underserved populations in different regions of the Philippines.  This will be the 24th annual mission, conducted under the auspices of the Philippine American Association of NC-Carolina Medical Mission.


August 2017: UKRAINE

Another donation coordinated by Olena Kozlova-Pates and the Ukrainian Association of NC to benefit orphaned, widowed, displaced and wounded in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

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