The Congo nurse scholarship program is a program in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) that is overseen by our volunteer, Phil Cochrane. The program was founded in 2021 in memory of the medical missionary Edith Cochrane (Phil’s mom), who served in northeast Congo as a nurse and midwife from 1953-1976. All funds raised by the project will go to nursing scholarships with the goal of training more nurses to follow in Edith’s footsteps.
The nursing scholarship fund provides training at the nursing school run by our partner, Nebobongo Hospital, a Christian-run hospital in DRC. The total cost for tuition, room, board, and all related expenses is $1,050 per year or just $87.50 per month. The nursing program at Nebobongo is four years long, with the first three years consisting of a blended classroom and hands-on training at the hospital. The fourth year of the program consists of hospital practicum rotations, village clinics, and dispensaries in adjacent health districts.
Edith Cochrane put training Christian Congolese nurses at the core of her ministry and trained six nurses as she established four clinics with maternity services. Our phase one goal for this project is to train new nurses for each of the four clinics Edith founded all those years ago. We currently have nine students in nursing school.
Through this program, we continue the compassion, vision, and ministry of Edith Cochrane by providing medical scholarships to train nurses for northeast Congo who will serve their communities with skill and compassion while preaching the ultimate healing and hope through faith in Christ. We hope you will join us in bringing the “life-giving presence of God” to those who lack access to medical care in northeast Congo.
Click here to download Edith Cochrane’s autobiography about her ministry in Congo titled Who me, Lord as a free ebook.