On the occasion of International Nurses Day, we share the story of Rose, the first female graduate of the Catholic Health Training Institute to return as a tutor at the institute after her scholarship to Kenya for her master’s degree.
“My name is Rose Arual, a 25 years old female born on 9th September 1997. I was born in a place called dhiau kuei in Rumbek, South Sudan. My father is a soldier who has achieved tertiary level of education with bachelor’s degree in rural development, however my father’s education did not yield any good fruits and I ended up growing up in a lot of difficulties just like any other south Sudanese child. My mother attended primary school up to class 5 but couldn’t continue due to wars and conflicts that occurred back in the days between the north and south Sudan.
I am the first born in a family of 6. I have got 4 brothers and 1 sister. Because of being the first born I spent a lot of time babysitting all my siblings as well as looking after them at home while my parents run around in search for greener pasture.
I started my primary school in St. Daniel comboni primary school in Rumbek in the year 2004 at the age of 7 years and completed in the year 2011. In 2012, I joined Loreto girls’ secondary school where I did my secondary education. In Loreto I had so many chances to participate in student’s leadership as well as ensuring my academic journey sees its success. In 2016 I graduated from high school and I was honored to work for Loreto for few months after which I was graced with a scholarship to study nursing.
I started my nursing course in CHTI on January 8th, 2017 in a class of 24 students. Studying in CHTI has been a great eye opening for me as I was able to realize my potentials and work hard with the support of the entire CHTI staff and my colleagues until I graduated in the year 2019 with a diploma in nursing. During my academic years, CHTI has not only given me knowledge but has mold me into a competent leader with good values and attitudes that I never came with. I had not only passion for nursing but also writing and for that matter I participated in writing poetry about nursing and recites them during occasions together with my colleagues.
After graduation, I was lucky to be called back by the former CHTI principle Sr. Esperance Bamiryo to work for CHTI as the bonding agreement required and fortunately, In 2020 I was offered the second scholarship by the solidarity with south Sudan to go for upgrading to BScN in Uzima University in Kisumu Kenya. The bachelors’ degree programme was to be for 2 years and half but due to corona pandemic it took me three years to complete.
As there were conflicts and wars in south Sudan, life has been very rough and difficult for me as a child and I had to go through a lot of trauma that almost distracted me from my studies because at some point schools could close due to insecurities.
Therefore my heartfelt gratitude goes to the Solidarity with South Sudan in conjunction with Catholic Health Training Institute (CHTI) for their unwavering support throughout my studies and for everything they have done and still doing for the betterment of South Sudan. I am so thankful and I feel so indebted to you, because without you I wouldn’t be who I am today.”
12 May 2023
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