Back in 2012 we asked our supporters to help us send David Ombisa to nursing school. We were amazed by the response that covered his fees and in September 2012, we dropped off an excited and nervous young Ombisa to begin the rigorous course.

Last Saturday we had the great honour of attending Ombisa’s graduation. He is now a fully qualified nurse!

Collecting his certificate
Collecting his certificate

Turning Point first met Ombisa in 2004 when he was on the streets, a total orphan. We supported him through primary and secondary school where he worked hard to achieve high grades. Ombisa’s dream was to become a surgeon but after secondary school he only managed to get odd jobs working in kitchens. Together, we saw that training to be a nurse would be a great first step in Ombisa’s medical career and he had an ambitious goal of getting into the training course at Nairobi Hospital – a quality training hospital in Nairobi that has sent its graduates to work around the world.

As of last Saturday, Ombisa now joins that group of graduates. Ombisa has worked so hard and grown so much over the last four years. He is currently completing his internship as a nurse in the Nairobi Hospital and is hopeful that he will be offered a permanent position at the end of the internship.

Gladys and Ombisa
Gladys and Ombisa
Teacher Philip and TPFP's Erick celebrating with Ombisa
Teacher Philip and TPFP’s Erick celebrating with Ombisa

Thank you all who contributed to sending Ombisa to nursing school. You have been an important partner in seeing Ombisa achieve his goals. We also want to give a shout out to Gladys who worked with Turning Point and with Ombisa in particular as a social worker. Gladys has been encouraging and supporting Ombisa throughout his time as a trainee nurse. She was there on the day he enrolled and on the day he graduated – even though she has now moved on to work elsewhere. Thank you for all you’ve done Gladys – for Ombisa and many other kids at Turning Point, we miss you!