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NY Mills student travels to Kenya

Jamestown College senior nursing student Sada Thompson of New York Mills is in Chogoria, Kenya, working at Chogoria Hospital, a facility affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

The group of 12 students left for Chogoria on Feb. 7 and returned to Jamestown March 2. This is the fourth delegation traveling to Chogoria from the Jamestown College Department of Nursing since 2007.

Chogoria is a small village at the base of Mt. Kenya, about 140 miles northeast of Nairobi, but the hospital is a 300-bed facility serving more than 500,000 people. The students are working in the general hospital and the pediatric and maternity wards, as well as traveling to outlying villages to care for patients with HIV/AIDS and malaria.

Jamestown College has received a $75,000 grant from F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc., to expand the nursing department's work in Chogoria and to expand student participation in future trips.

The Chogoria nursing opportunity is part of the Jamestown College Journey to Success, which encourages students to look inward to examine their interests and goals; look outward to use their strengths for service; look beyond to learn about other people and cultures; and look forward as they prepare for careers or further study.