School of Nursing graduates plan a return to Kenya

Ephantus Kimori Mwangi and his wife, Hottensiah Kimori, remember the helplessness they felt when their plane had taken off from a Kenya airport in 2003 to head back to the United States.

The couple had returned to their homeland for a visit and were stunned by the explosion of HIV/AIDS, persistent typhoid fever and deepening poverty there.

People wait in line for hours to get medical care at a health fair in Kenya. The number of cases of HIV/AIDS and typhoid fever is growing rapidly in the African nation.

“AIDS has devastated the country, and every home we went to had a sad story or they were sick,” Hottensiah, 40, said. “On the plane back, we said, ‘We have to do something. But where do we start.’ ”

“We were just so depressed,” her husband added. “We sensed there was something we could do to help and realized we needed an understanding of health care. It was not easy to feel so helpless.”

It was at that moment that the couple made a commitment to help their fellow Kenyans. It was a decision that would lead them to enroll at Baker University School of Nursing and begin making plans to establish health facilities in Kenya.

“It was on that plane that we knew we had to get into health care and we started looking at schools,” Ephantus, 42, said.

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