Monday, March 16, 2015

From Local to Global!

Tonight after our hospital orientation we unpacked the donations for the families here in Mongu! In the weeks leading up to our trip, we had an outpouring of items from our community in Kelowna. We particularly want to mention all the students and teachers at North Glenmore Elementary School, in particular Hannah! 

Gillian and Natalie unpacking donations

Hannah is a grade 6 student at North Glenmore, and is part of a group called "Me to We". "Me to We" is an organization which strives to empower the young generation to shift their world views from ‘me’ to ‘we' through how they act, how they give, and the experiences in which they choose to engage. The "Me to We" students at North Glenmore Elementary made a commitment to take global action, to help change the world for the better. That is where we, and our trip to Zambia came in!

Hannah heard about our trip to Zambia and wanted to help. She went to her teacher with an idea and was able to get her whole school involved with our initiatives! Below I have included a post from Hannah, which is a great example of how we can come together as a local community to enact global change. Thank you Hannah and North Glenmore Elementary for helping us with our global initiatives!

The following excerpt is Hannah's own words and perspective on our partnership with North Glenmore Elementary: 

"Going to WE DAY opened my eyes to what is happening in other parts of the world, and it made me realize that there are so many people that need help and that need opportunities to have a better life. It's easy to get caught up in our own little bubble and take things for granted but in developing countries just going to school is a huge privilege, and so is running water and good health. 


I am so glad that we have been able to help the nursing students fill their extra suitcases with donations for moms and babies. 100% of donations will be going to the people that need it, sometimes other charities take money or donations and they don't end up where they are needed, I know for sure that the nursing students will be actually giving these items away! Being a part of this makes me feel so good and really happy because I know that even though we are kids we are able to make a difference! With our donations we will be helping lots of families.  One day I want to go places like Zambia and volunteer and bring donations. It's been really great to meet Courtney, she is so nice and I know she is going to be the best nurse :) 


It makes me happy to know that the donations we have collected will make things a little easier and a little happier for the moms and babies. A big thank you to Courtney and all the nursing students for letting us be part of this amazing opportunity!" 

- Hannah 

Hannah & Courtney 

Jessica H., Courtney and the North Glenmore students!

Now that we are in Mongu, Zambia, I have a better idea of how the donations we have brought over can help the families here. Tomorrow is my first day on the labor and delivery ward and I will be bringing the new mothers care packages filled with newborn clothing, blankets and hygiene products, all which were donated by families in Kelowna. 

Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!! Babies! 



  1. How wonderful to see the many generous donations of much needed items for newborns and their mothers in Zambia from the people of Kelowna as well as North Glenmore Elementary School spearheaded by one of their young students, Hannah, through the "Me to We" organization. It is a win win for all! Kudos to the Nursing Students doing their final practicum in Africa!

  2. Dear Hannah & Courtney,

    What an awesome team you make - and what a great idea to create "Me to We"! There is no doubt in my mind Hannah that you would be a wonderful addition to nursing one day if you feel that call - and if not, I am sure you will be doing something else just as important for this world we all need to take care of as our shared home. Go North Glenmore, Go Team UBCO Nurses in Zambia!

    Tricia Marck, Director