Ann Hagensen, the new President of PCP Medical Ambassadors, is passionate about supporting nursing students in DR Congo. Last summer, she expressed a desire to raise support to rehabilitate the Karawa Nursing Dorm. Built in 1962, it has withstood monsoons and wars, but is in such poor shape that it is now uninhabitable. Without a safe and healthy place for nursing students to live during the school year, many have to decide if they should stay in these conditions or return home, giving up the possibility of becoming a nurse. In order to rehabilitate the roof, repair the bathrooms and showers, and install solar power, it will cost $25,000. Part of Ann’s vision to raise awareness and support for the dorm is to connect with nursing students in Washington. This has provided an opportunity for Ann to share the difficulties nursing students in Congo face on a daily basis, and how they (US nursing students) can come alongside their peers.
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