Given the commitment of the Wazi team to Eastern Africa, and in line with the company’s core values, Wazi Shoes donates a portion of sales to The Gretta Foundation which helps young people pursue nursing training in Eastern Africa.
In many sub-Saharan African countries, nurses account for 90% of the health workers that are directly engaged in patient care. Yet, there is a huge nursing shortage in most of these countries, which translates to many patients unable to access the care they need. This shortage, coupled with the mal-distribution of the global disease burden in Africa, causes high rates of morbidity and mortality for many Eastern Africa communities.
The Gretta Foundation’s mission is to provide in-country nursing education to impoverished persons living in disease-burdened nations while bolstering depleted healthcare workforces and improving patient care and outcomes. Wazi Shoes is a proud supporter of this mission and each pair of Wazi Shoes purchased will translate to support of The Gretta Foundation’s nurse scholars in Eastern Africa.
The Gretta Foundation was founded in 2007 by Meg Styles in honor of her mother, the late Dr. Margretta Madden Styles (“Gretta”). Gretta was a nurse scholar renowned globally as an international leader in nursing education, regulation, and credentialing.
Gretta believed that the potential impact of a nurse is profound, inspiring nurses to see their future as a boundless landscape of promise and possibility. The Gretta Foundation is devoted to inspiring future generations of nurses to rise to their own potential and make their own destinies.
Gretta scholars will be fully supported for a maximum of four years based on satisfactory completion of each year’s training program.
Once scholars have completed their nursing programs and have passed exit exams administered by their nursing colleges, they will become licensed to practice nursing.
To honor the obligation of their scholarship agreement, graduating scholars will serve in their country’s clinics and hospitals for a predetermined length of time commensurate with each year of academic assistance.