Their stories

Read about some of the difficulties Congolese medical
and nursing students face on a daily basis.

Manwa

  • 39 year old female nurse
  • Married with eight children (one sets of twins)
  • 2nd year of studies

“Since I was a child, every time I saw someone sick at home, I cried for them, so I always hoped to be a nurse but my father could not afford it.

I got married and started. After having my twins (last two of the eight), I wanted to stop having children and start my studies.

I really struggle to find money, and if it wasn’t for the help of my teachers I woudn’t be able to finish out the year. My husband is the pastor of the local church and earns some money to buy food for our family. But that is all we have. Even if someone is sick we can’t afford help or medicine.

I study at night, till 2 or 3am, and so I don’t have much time to sleep. I walk 5km each way to nursing school, even in the rain! But despite all this I enjoy my studies very much!”

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