Oklahoma RN Goes Deep into the Congo Jungle
(Oklahoma City) Kathryn McCampbell, a registered nurse, has just returned from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Africa. Kathryn returned from her second trip to Eastern DRC. This last trip was a three month working trip in areas of aid to war orphans and gorilla conservation. She is the (volunteer) Project Manager for two partnered non-profits; UGADEC Gorilla Conservation Region and REACH Italia orphan support.
Her organizations have offered her two guesthouses in different regions and local transportation (except US to Congo RT airline ticket) The orphans are located in four areas; they all need clean water, food, medical care, clothes, sweaters, closed toed shoes, love, attention and hope.
One in five children under the age of five dies due to malnutrition and other harsh conditions. A five year old she met three days earlier died of complications of malnutrition. His name was Bienfait and he drew her an elephant. She wants him remembered as something other than a distant statistic. She not only wants to reduce their mortality rate but offer the orphans what they need to thrive and be happy.
In addition, she is developing a project that will offer them financial sustainability over time.
She has done this all of her own initiative and funds. She now is reaching into her local community for some funding to help her with her third visit to Congo.
Saturday, July 28, 2012, 6pm-9pm The Red Cup Anniversary Party, 3122 NW Classen Blvd; 405 525-3430; will be a fundraiser for Kathryn sponsored by The Red Cup. It will feature Free Food; Free refreshments Poetry: Lauren Zuniga & Tatyana Brown; Visual Art: Kelly B. Rogers; Music: King Mary & Saints of Shame; Photo Presentation of RN for CONGO’s recent trip.; $5 Cover goes to RN for CONGO. There will be a community mural drawing and this is a Kid/family friendly event in Air Conditioned corner Green House.
“I divide my time between hands-on care and projects that can have a greater impact on more people such as Social Media promotion, filling of a shipping containers with medical supplies for 8 clinics and school supplies for ten schools,” Kathryn states. “I would like to act as a liaison between my organizations and larger in-kind and grant contributors like UNICEF and Save the Children but I have not been able to make contact yet with UNICEF or Save The Children.”
“There are small but important projects I left unfinished due to lack of funding,” Kathryn said. The first was a small enclosure to prevent a goat from being stolen from the children at night. The little children currently sleep in a room that smells like goat urine and is covered with goat droppings. Another project is some lumber and buckets to build a hand washing station outside the latrine. “I want to offer microloans to help the older orphans begin to earn income,” McCampbell passionately stated. For example, a knitting machine could be used in a small business enterprise helping the older orphans contribute to their own needs and those of the younger children. This is then paid forward to the next group in need. “I never had children of my own so my actions are driven by a deep, almost biological passion to care for these children. I’ve often said I am a mother without children and Congo is a nation of children without mothers.”
Kathryn is working hard to reach her goals to help meet the needs of the children and gorillas in the Congo. She is hopeful the Saturday, July 28 fundraiser at Red Cup will be beneficial in her overall goals. “If I don’t meet my entire goals I will have to reduce the length of my stay,” Kathryn stated. “I could reduce the supplies I take and just wait for the shipping container.”
Saturday, July 28, 2012, 6pm-9pm The Red Cup Anniversary Party, 3122 NW Classen Blvd; 405 525-3430; will be a fundraiser for Kathryn sponsored by The Red Cup. It will feature Free Food; free refreshments, Poetry: Lauren Zuniga & Tatyana Brown; Visual Art: Kelly B. Rogers; Music: King Mary & Saints of Shame; Photo Presentation of RN for CONGO’s recent trip.; $5 Cover goes to RN for CONGO. There will be a community mural drawing and this is a Kid/family friendly event in Air Conditioned corner Green House.