Jim Camp FundJim Camp spent his life ministering to the needs of others through his medical service. The C.A.M.P. (Congolese Advocates Medical Project) Fund aims to carry on his work and build on his legacy. We wish to honor his memory and his promises, and to enable Congolese professionals to address local medical and educational needs.
Jim worked as both an anesthetist and a hospital administrator for a rural (DRC) Democratic Republic of the Congo medical facility from 1982 until 1990. He then moved his family to the USA, but he never forgot the medical needs of the Congolese; he sent equipment to hospitals there and supported several medical students' schooling.
In January 2009, Jim traveled to the DRC, where he assessed some equipment needs and built cooperative relationships with organizations doing good work. Jim was providing support to a number of different medical personnel in DRC when he passed suddenly in March 2009. We have innovated some projects to help continue his support of the people he loved and institutions whose work he valued so highly.
The C.A.M.P. Fund Supports the Following:
- NURSING STUDENTS (Support for Students of ITM Rwanguba)
How donations were used: This scholarship provides tuition assistance for the nursing school students in Rwanguba. The money will be given directly to the institution (ITM Rwanguba) and $50 applied to each student's account, so that everyone will benefit equally. Our goal is to renew this tuition contribution annually, and keep the student support active and funded. The school currently enrolls 40 students, making the C.A.M.P. Fund donation $2000 annually.
- MEDICAL AID (Support for Head Medical Technician at HEAL Africa)
How the donations are being used: In support of both HEAL Africa and Bizi, Jim set up a regular contribution to HEAL Africa dedicated specifically to providing his technician position with a fair salary, donating $500 per month or $6,000yearly. Our aim is to maintain this salary contribution through HEAL Africa to assist Bizi and his work.
Who benefits & how: Your support benefits HEAL Africa, a high-traffic and high-quality medical NGO in Goma which deals daily with the effects of longstanding political instability and war; your gifts of support keeps Bizi's vital medical engineering/technical position well-funded. Since he is responsible for trouble-shooting and repairing any problems of technical maintenance that arise in the medical aid facility, both patients and medical personnel rely on his expertise and good management to keep things running smoothly.
- TEACHING SERVICE (Support for Volunteer Instructors at a DRC University)
How the donations were used: According to a budget provided by the university (UCBC), support for two instructors will total approximately $25,000 for a year, including cost of living, travel, and books and resources for students. This means an initial payment of $10,000 for one-time preparatory fees (travel, medical insurance, training, teaching materials) was dispersed in the summer of 2011, with the remainder paid in equal monthly installments of $1,250 over the course of twelve months (August 2011-August 2012).