Chatfield alum continuing humanitarian efforts

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By Deborah Swearingen

When Kristin Cover returned from volunteering in Uganda last summer, she knew she would return.

“It was going to be hard for me not go back,” she said. “The kids there … they were just so welcoming and so loving. They just welcomed us (and) acted like we had been friends our whole lives.”

The 2013 Chatfield Senior High School graduate traveled to Africa last summer with a program called Rays of Grace. While overseas in Kirugu, a Ugandan village, she helped in a school, starting a library, building a kitchen, forming curriculum and more.

This year, she will return to the same location but instead with an organization called the Hoffman Family Foundation to help develop a nursing clinic in the village. Cover and other volunteers hope to provide basic health care for the people of Kirugu.

“(Because) some of those kids have never even had eye checks or hearing checks,” Cover said. “We’re hoping that by starting it this year it can grow into something bigger because they desperately need more professional health care.”

Before leaving for three weeks on May 22, Cover is looking to collect over-the-counter medicines and first-aid supplies to stock the clinic.

“Anything would be appreciated,” she said.

Starting Wednesday, a collection box was made available at the Ken-Caryl Ranch House and the Ken-Caryl Community Center. Those with questions can contact Cover at Kristin.Cover@colorado.edu.


The following are acceptable items that Chatfield alum Kristin Cover is looking to collect and donate to a nursing clinic she is hoping to develop in her volunteering work in Uganda:

  • Over-the-counter cold and flud medicine
  • Over-the-counter painkillers
  • Allergy medication
  • Mosquito nets
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Gloves
  • Antibiotic creams
  • Band-Aids