Health Sciences

ACU Nursing Student Raises $25,000 to Build Kenyan Training Centre

ACU Nursing student Genevieve Radnan has raised $25,000 to start her project Grandma Jenny’s Training Centre in Karunga, Kenya. Genevieve will send the funds to Kenya to purchase land and building materials with the hope that the proposed school will be finished by the end of 2012.

Genevieve’s inspiring story started in 2009 when she volunteered in Kenya and Tanzania for 6 six weeks participating in a teaching and building program. She initially raised funds for a project called Karunga’s Emanuel Kindergarten as well as providing educational facilities for the local Karunga’s Primary School, paying school fees for some of the children, and to food and water for the 120 children at New Hope Children’s Centre – an orphanage in Uplands Kenya.

Genevieve entered an international competition called Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World run by the UN Women of Singapore and MasterCard. She made it through to the top 10 finalists out of 450 entries.

The aim of the competition was to show how you would spend US$25,000 to help empower women and girls in the Asia Pacific, Middle East or Africa. Genevieve submitted a pitch for Grandma Jenny’s Training Centre – a place for girls over the age of 12 who have limited or no education to learn to sew, speak and write English and Swahili, mathematics, financial literacy and receive health education and counselling from their local clinic.

Unfortunately she didn’t win but the feedback from judges was great - she was simply too young and needed more experience.

Genevieve Radnan, 20, is completing a Bachelor of Nursing at ACU’s North Sydney Campus. Though she didn’t win the Project Inspire competition she amazingly managed to raise the $25,000 anyway.

“I want to teach the youth of today that they can impact on the lives of people who are less fortunate. I used to take education for granted until I realised just how lucky I am to be living in a country where it’s compulsory.”

Genevieve is continuing to collect funds for the second half of the project - a large water tank to provide the community with a clean supply of which will also be a revenue stream for the training centre to help it become sustainable over the coming years.

To stay updated with photos and emails of the projects progress or to donate to the cause visit Genevieve’s website: