About this project A young woman living in a remote corner of Tanzania now has the opportunity to train as a nurse, thanks to one notable meeting and to collaboration between three Soroptimist Clubs in Denmark.

The project was inspired by a passionate talk given at a meeting of Soroptimist Club Ikast: Dentist Marianne Øster spoke about her volunteer work at the Heri Mission Hospital near Lake Tanganyika in Western Tanzania. There is a desperate need for trained health professionals at the Heri Hospital, but education costs money and is thus beyond the reach of the local population – especially girls! During their work at the hospital, the Østers had met a young woman, Uzzia, and had been impressed by her ability and desire to pursue a career in nursing. Though highly motivated, Uzzia faced huge obstacles… poverty, five children to care for and a violent husband. The members of SI Club Ikast decided to help, and contacted two other Danish Soroptimist Clubs, Tønder and Aabenraa, to collaborate. Together, they are now raising funds for her studies.

Heri Hospital website (Danish/German)

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