For the second year students at Northwest University have partnered with World Vision, which is located in Nearby Federal Way, in a project aimed at supporting medical volunteers in developing countries. Students raise money to purchase medical supplies, which are assembled into “Caregiver Kits” and then distributed to volunteers caring for individuals suffering from the effects HIV/Aids. The Caregiver Kit consists of one set of supplies housed in a sturdy carrying kit, and three additional soft bags of refill supplies. Many of the supplies are simple, everyday objects which we take for granted, such as bandages, rubber gloves, sterilizing pads, flashlights, etc. As simple as the supplies may seem, these kits enable volunteers to care for thousands who are suffering, many of whom are unable to care for themselves.
Before assembling their kits, students heard from World Vision speaker, Dana Buck, who shared the significance and impact that these supplies have for people in need. The message affirmed students in their consideration of others, and Dana explained the importance of “Doing something for others who can never repay your good deed.” The entire event took place during the regular chapel service, which is an integral part of the class schedule at NU.
When asked about their experience, students shared that the most impactful part of the day was writing a personal note of encouragement, which is included in every Caregiver Kit and read by volunteers to those receiving care. We are extremely proud of our students for taking advantage of this opportunity, and for finding yet another way to make a difference in their world.
Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2013