Nursing Students Without Borders provides health outreach to Guatemalan villagers
Nursing Students Without Borders (NSWB) at VCU recently returned from an annual community service trip to the Highlands Region of Guatemala, where members provided health outreach to villagers. Led by Mary Falk, M.S.N, RN, CCRN, PCCN, CNL, clinical instructor and NSWB faculty adviser, the students who attended include Paige Greene, Alicia Wickert, Kelly Hines, Kaitlyn Patterson, and Corene Cantwell. They were also accompanied by Tammy Williams, Ph.D., MS, RN, clinical assistant professor.
Working with the Highland Support project, the group built three clean cooking stoves for women who are participating in the Association of Mayan Women (Asociación de Mujeres del Altiplano or AMA). They also provided two days of health education for women in AMA who are training to be nurse midwives, and ran a preventative health clinic in a rural community.
The Highland Support Project, based out of Richmond, supports communities in the Highlands of Guatemala by fostering innovative models of development that break cycles of dependency.