Class of 2016
The Class of 2016 consists of 168 people, from 8 countries and 31 states, and represents 58 undergraduate institutions. After our first year of medical school, many of us took a portion of our summer vacation to travel around the world to serve in mission hospitals. Our class saw the incredible needs and challenges that come with providing basic healthcare in underserved countries. This has led to newfound callings and convictions. We came to serve people and to make a difference.
From Street Medicine and tutoring children in San Bernardino to mentoring teenage mothers, our class is already involved in service. During our second year of medical school, we raised over three thousand dollars for a cataract surgery project in Ethiopia. Now, we are looking to support a project that will serve as a milestone of service while we are in medical school.
Guided by the administration of Loma Linda University we identified several features that we felt were important in choosing a mission project, including, sustainability, education and cost effectiveness. Soon, one little hospital stood out as desperately in need of assistance—Cooper SDA Hospital in Liberia. Liberia is a country in West Africa that has suffered from two civil wars in the last 30 years. Liberia is still recovering from these wars, and there is ongoing need for the development of a healthcare system. Most of Liberia’s four million people live on less than two dollars a day. And, with the Ebola epidemic continuing to worsen, the healthcare challenges are only increasing.
Our class chose this project because it was a place we could make a tangible, long-lasting difference. Cooper Hospital needs upgrades to its OR and ER space. Your assistance in meeting these needs will allow Cooper Hospital to provide better care to Liberia’s people during and after the Ebola crisis. More importantly, our class is concerned about helping Liberia in the long run. By helping to renovate Cooper Hospital, we are equipping them to become a trauma surgery training center. By facilitating education, this project and our class is making a stand for sustainability and education in a cost effective manner.