Volunteer Overview

Information For Prospective Volunteers

Volunteers with Staff and Students

Volunteers with Staff and Students

Over the years, we have had many volunteers who come to us throughout the year for varying lengths of time and with different interests. Some volunteers, who had been with us as students, return to us a second time as graduates which makes us all very happy. We are always looking for medical doctors – particularly OB/GYN’s – and for nurses and midwives who can help us teach our students.

Catherine Ann Silva

Catherine Ann Silva, who volunteered 4 1/2 months, brings her family to meet Edna, “the woman who changed my life,” when Edna visits the Los Angeles Skirball Institute Half The Sky Exhibit.

The volunteers we welcome are those who are either trained in or studying any of the various health professions such as nursing, midwifery, medicine, biochemistry and so on. Some volunteers stay for three months or more but we never accept those who plan to stay for less than two weeks. We also accept volunteers who can teach English as a foreign language to our staff and students; those who can help in our library and with cataloging books; those who can help with our computers and IT needs; those who know something about statistics and data collection who can help us with an on-going research on Female Genital MutilationRead a Study of FGM in Somaliland. Volunteers are expected to pay for their own travel costs, pay for the cost of their Visa to enter Somaliland and to cover their food and accommodation at the hospital guestrooms while here. We also require a CV and a letter of reference from a college, university, a parent, or recent employer. Our hospital is strictly tobacco, alcohol and drug-free.

Hospital Volunteers pick Tangerines

Hospital Volunteers pick Tangerines

In return, we offer volunteers a unique experience in a small hospital in a country that is stable and where, unlike neighbouring Somalia, the people in Somaliland are trying to make things work and slowly but steadily reducing maternal and infant mortality rates with the limited resources available in our country.

Edna Adan met with former volunteer Kathryn McCaleb in NYC

Edna Adan met with former volunteer Kathryn McCaleb during the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative conference in NYC

While here, volunteers live in our guest-rooms, where I too live, and we all eat at my dining table. The comfort and safety of our guests are our priority and we also arrange volunteers to experience cultural and traditional events whenever the occasion presents itself. Volunteers also make friends with staff and students which gives them a chance to see different aspects of life in Somaliland. We hope that this information will assist with your decision about volunteering at our hospital and would be happy to provide further information if coming to us. Best regards, Edna Adan Ismail

 

So, how do I become a volunteer?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please send an e-mail to ednahospital@yahoo.com with the following:

1. Scanned copies of your qualifications and CV to tell us about your work-related experiences.
2. Scanned copy of the page of your passport with your picture on it.
3. Letter of reference or recommendation from an employer or academic institution.
4. Information about the planned dates and duration of your stay with us.
Please bear in mind that while here, volunteers are required to be resident in the hospital guest quarters where we charge $30 a day and offer accommodation, meals, laundry, housekeeping and internet.

For International Women’s Day 2012, Edna answered a series of questions from the Book Club of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillebrand, inspired by Half The Sky. In the course of the discussion, Edna discusses in some details what she looks for in a volunteer and the process that goes into their being accepted. Q and A with Edna (including the Volunteer process)

Articles By and About Past Volunteers

The video below is of Margaret Crichton, who came to us from Tropical Health & Education Trust.

Nurse Judith Thompson Reports on her experience
Dr. Eve Bruce Discusses her time at Edna Hospital
Profile of Volunteer Nora Yussuf Sultan Ali
Blog entry by volunteer Jessica Duby
Blog entry by volunteer Brigitte Herant Dunais, MD
Journal Entry by Writer / Educator Elayne Clift
On Faith and Future by volunteer Liz Connor

Photos

These photos were sent us by past volunteer Karena Wienands, who was a great teacher at our Hospital and was very much loved by the staff and students. Other past volunteers are invited to submit photos for inclusion here!

Karena Wienands volunteer teacher

Karena Wienands volunteer teacher

Students at Edna Hospital

Students at Edna Hospital


These photos were sent us by Dr. Brigitte Herant Dunais who volunteered one month service at the Hospital.

Brigitte with Edna Adan

Brigitte with Edna Adan

Lab Techs with Volunteer

Lab Techs with Volunteer


These photos are from American Writer / Educator Elayne Clift, another Hospital volunteer.

Maansoor Hotel

Maansoor Hotel

French, American, German teachers

French, American, German teachers

Australian nurse volunteers

We celebrate the amazing volunteers, like Nurse-Midwives Judith and Katrin from Australia, who give of their time and expertise freely to teach our students, care for our patients and raise funds for our hospital. From the bottom of our hearts, and to all our volunteers, past and present, thank you!