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Cronenwett Scholar Made a Difference in Kibera

This is a picture of Lisandro HernandezLisandro Hernandez, the 2013 Cronenwett Scholar and recipient of an Alumni Association Scholarship, traveled to Kenya this summer to volunteer at Carolina for Kibera’s Tabitha Medical Clinic. Hernandez, who is BSN student at the SON, helped conduct medical home visits, administered care at the clinic, and provided health advice to patients in the clinic’s new nutrition center.

A native of El Salvador, Hernandez has nearly ten years of experience in health care, four of which he spent working to improve public health conditions in El Salvador. During his time in Kibera, he noticed health problems that were similar to the ones he addressed in his home country. Yet he was also aware of his role as a volunteer, knowing that attempting to “fix” these problems without cultural sensitivity would inevitably lead to conflict.

Hernandez said, “The basic thing you can do is offer your heart. I just offered myself.”

To read more about Lisandro’s experience in Kenya, read Carolina for Kibera’s recent story.