2020 International Year of the Nurse & Midwife - What a year!

THANK YOU to our supporters, volunteers, sponsors and donors from all over the world. Your kindness contributes to the reason vulnerable communities can continue to gain access to quality education and healthcare. After such a challenging year, we truly are relieved to still be standing, and appreciate everyone who has stuck by us.

While it was a very testing year, there were some very positive highlights. It's so important to celebrate the good stuff - so let’s check out 2020's highlights:

We partnered with some incredible like-minded organisations who are willing to continuously work with us to ensure we can continue to educate, empower and inspire positive change within the global community; charityBay, Kenshi Candles, Altaira, Icon Group, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Journal, Australian Healthcare Week, Healthtimes. We have continued to receive generous contributions from B1G1’s giving programs.

We continued to work with our major donor Computershare, and even won a Workplace Giving Australia Giving Excellence Award for the 'Most Innovative Charity and Employer Partnership' for our work together. We are constantly blown away by the generosity and care shown by the Computershare team.

We continued to receive new applications for our Nurses In Action volunteer programs and over 80% of existing applications have simply postponed their travel plans rather than cancelling altogether. Many Australian nurses recognise the extra help that vulnerable communities within developing countries need and are keen to travel as soon as travel restrictions ease to provide their expertise and skills. This is really positive for us, but also highlights the generosity and courage of nurses everywhere. We also launched a new and improved Nurses In Action Kenyan program, which will commence as soon as travel restrictions ease.

Our Nurses In Action Facebook page reached 66K+ followers and World Youth International Facebook page reached over 3.7K followers. Our Linkedin page followers grew by over 261%. We have loved sharing our news and the positive impact we are making across our social media platforms!

We completed construction and opened the new Maternal Health Centre adjacent to our Odede Community Health Centre in Kenya.

We introduced our official Nurses In Action Ambassador, Humanitarian Nurse & Paramedic Helen Zahos.

Our Odede Community Health Centre was chosen to be one of the first facilities in the world to roll out the malaria vaccination program.

We welcomed Rachel Condos-Fields as a Director of Business Development to our Board.

Over 48 babies were born at our Odede Community Health Centre, with over 2000 women received ante-natal health services on site. The new ultrasound machine was used over 1500 times. Over 12,663 patients were treated at our Odede Community Health Centre.

We welcomed many new sponsors to our Education Scholarship program, which will enable children from Nepal to receive a quality education.

Our new ambulance was used over 300 times to transfer patients from Odede to Kisumu for further treatment.

Over 505 students were enrolled at World Youth International School, and approximately 60% of students are now back at the School studying on site after the lockdowns.

We were able to provide funding to purchase 99 new goats for our Goat Breeding Project that we run in conjunction with our friends at The Mango Tree, bringing the total amount of goats to 215. A further 2,400 chicks were purchased for existing farms and 4,000 chicks were born over the last 12 months.

We launched our Partnerships Program, which offers a variety of ways for organisations to partner with World Youth International to develop unique campaigns, tailored specifically to align with organisation’s key objectives and corporate social responsibility values. To explore these worthwhile opportunities further, please contact [email protected]

Like many other Australian charities struggling to stay afloat as a result of the pandemic, we have been implementing strategies to ensure World Youth International can still continue to operate regardless of when the borders are open to travel again. We are working on some exciting new projects in conjunction with corporate partners who can help us achieve these goals, and we are always open to explore new partnerships. We are confident that we will make it through 2021. Before the pandemic, the charity was building strong momentum, and we are as motivated as ever to achieve that again.

We wish everyone a safe and fulfilling 2021 - here's to a better year ahead for everyone!

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