“The world is a global village. When the Lord equips you with skills or knowledge, you can easily transfer those gifts to bless other people around the world,” stated Adejoke Ayoola, professor of nursing.
This yr, Ayoola was chosen for the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program. In July she is going to journey to Iwo, Nigeria, and start a venture in collaboration with school at Bowen University.
Equipping women, selling health
Over a interval of 33 days, Ayoola will tackle issues of reproductive health locally. She will go to each the houses of native women in addition to Bowen lecture rooms in an effort to equip women with reproductive information and being pregnant planning expertise. In addition, Ayoola will act as an adviser within the design of a women’s health middle.
She additionally plans to work with Bowen school and employees in group analysis efforts and within the improvement of nursing curriculum. “I am passionate about the next generation of nurses, here at Calvin and across the world,” stated Ayoola. Since Bowen’s nursing program is lower than 4 years previous, she seems to be ahead to seeing it develop and broaden in future years.
Ayoola is happy concerning the work she can be doing in her residence nation, Nigeria. “I see it as my vocation, as my God calling. This will be an opportunity to use what I’ve learned to care for women and share my knowledge with another institution,” stated Ayoola.
Ayoola believes the earlier expertise she gained at Calvin College facilitating each the Preconception Reproductive Knowledge Promotion Program and the H.E.A.L.T.H Camp (Health, Education, and Leadership Training for a Hopeful future) outfitted her with the instruments wanted to design reproductive health packages at Bowen University.
Collaboration with group
After sharing how she has been selling women’s health in her personal group, Ayoola inquired concerning the wants of Bowen University and the area people. She hopes to have the ability to make the most of her personal skillset within the creation of a completely distinctive program for the women of Iwo, Nigeria.
“We will not be truly addressing the issue if we go in with our own preconceived ideas,” stated Ayoola.
Ayoola goes to nice lengths to know the wants of the group she might be serving earlier than initiating a undertaking, and she or he says it is important that the individuals who can be utilizing the middle are concerned in its institution. “The community has to own it, design it and implement it for the project to be relevant, effective and sustained,” stated Ayoola.
Ayoola and her staff might be utilizing quite a lot of group-based mostly analysis strategies in an effort to make sure the challenge might be as efficient as potential. One means they hope to realize perception is thru surveys. “We need to use those as a way of listening to the communities needs and involving them in the process,” stated Ayoola.
Opportunity for progress
Ayoola says on the coronary heart of this venture is the promotion of scholarship, analysis, group collaboration and cultural trade. She believes this undertaking will broaden into an extended-time period partnership and sees the potential for collaborations with one other religion-based mostly establishment sooner or later.
Although she isn’t working with Calvin college students on this challenge, Ayoola predicts within the coming years there will probably be alternatives for college kids to go to the middle. “This is the beginning of so many great things that fit with what we are called to here, at Calvin.”