NOVEMBER 2008 UPDATE FROM MEG STYLES

Dear TGF Friends,

Daily I find inspiration from the tireless dedication of our volunteers and supporters here and abroad. It is because of them that I have so much to share.

Uganda is chosen for TGF’s pilot nursing scholarship program.

Dr. Anneke Zuyderduin, Dean of the School of Nursing at the International Health Science University, Kampala, Uganda, has been working countless hours on TGF’s behalf to establish our nursing scholarship program.

Thanks to the generous support of a benefactor, I will be traveling to Uganda this month to conduct a tour of key nursing schools and hospitals and clinics. With Anneke and other representatives of the Ugandan national nursing association, I will be meeting with important players in Ugandan’s health delivery system. This visit will be instrumental in establishing TGF’s programmatic traction. Upon my return I will be sharing exciting stories of our progress in Uganda.

TGF sponsors its first Gretta Scholar in Uganda.

The greatest satisfaction in our work comes from seeing the dream of an aspiring nurse come true. We are immensely proud of our first Ugandan Gretta Scholar, Agnes N.

Agnes is the 6th of 8 children and the only one to complete secondary school. Her parents are subsistence farmers. To help her family, Agnes worked 18 hours a day, 7 days a week for 3USD per day. Under unimaginable burden and responsibility, her dream remained illusive. But in an instant, her life changed forever.

Now, Agnes’ new job is to study. She has her tuition, room and board, books and supplies paid for. In addition, she receives a small monthly living allowance which helps provide basic necessities in addition to offering support to her family.

Here is an expression of joy and gratitude in Agnes’ own words:

“I knew my parents could not afford to take me to university and I was very worried and thought that my dream of becoming a medical worker was over. Although I was not sure where I would get tuition from, I never lost all hope…

I chose to become a nurse because nurses are kind, loving, caring and most importantly, they save peoples lives. I wanted to be like them and serve God by healing the sick…

TGF has played a great role in making my future bright and I will forever be grateful.”

Let’s welcome Agnes to the Gretta family. We are very proud of how far Agnes has come and it is certain to be only the beginning.

TGF Honored at AAN Conference.

The prestigious American Academy of Nursing, an organization comprised of the top nursing leaders from education, management and practice sectors, honored TGF’s work at their annual conference last week.

Appreciation was expressed for TGF’s efforts to “strengthen nursing throughout the world” and for extending Gretta’s global legacy. It is an incredible privilege for TGF to have the AAN “endorse and celebrate [its] work.”

The holidays are coming!!!

With the holidays approaching, we ask you to consider a donation to TGF in name of a loved one. It is only through your generous support that TGF continues to progress and persons like Agnes and our 5 scholars in Malawi have the chance empower their lives while touching a countless many in their nursing career.

Every U.S. dollar goes amazingly far:

➢ $25 pays for one scholar’s academic enrollment fee

➢ $100 provides two uniforms and nursing shoes

➢ $200 buys books and school supplies for one year

➢ $300 buys clinical supplies for an entire nursing program

➢ $300-$500 pays for the annual living allowance

➢ $800-$2000 pays annual tuition including room and board

Every donation to TGF is 100% tax deductible. There are no worries of long lines, paying extra charges for extended service contracts or sales taxes. Every donation is acknowledged to its honoree in a lovely card.

If you wish to contact me, I would love to hear from you. Don’t forget to visit our new website and see Gretta’s video. Thank you very much for your help and for becoming part of The Gretta Foundation family.

With best wishes and my warmest regards,

Meg