Global Ministries’ missionary doctors Anil and Teresa Henry have been serving at Christian Hospital Mungeli since 2003. Mungeli is a small town in rural Chhattisgarh, a state in central India that has some of the most grinding poverty in the country. A chronic nursing shortage has been among the many challenges facing the hospital.
The Henrys, working with colleagues and partners, planned and worked for years to construct student housing, hire staff, and obtain accreditation needed to open a nursing school at the hospital. They wanted to open the school not only to address the nursing shortage, but also to provide much-needed economic opportunities for young women in this desperately-impoverished area, where only 8% of girls pass the 10th grade.
In the fall of 2011, Christian Hospital Mungeli’s School of Nursing admitted its first class of 19 nursing students. All are from Chhattisgarh. Most are from very humble backgrounds and spoke almost no English when they arrived. Over the next three and one half years, they learned Nursing and English at the same time. Now, all have passed their Board exams, which were administered in English.
On April 1, after so much hard work, these 19 young women reported for duty not as students but as staff nurses earning a salary. After additional months gaining experience as staff nurses, they will obtain their licenses and they will graduate in February 2016. For now, however, they are earning a good salary, and their future is very bright.
These young women and the School of Nursing are a blessing to the community at Mungeli. Global Ministries congratulates the school’s “first batch” and the faculty and staff who have guided them through.