GlobeMed at CU Boulder

Mission: To engage students in the movement for global health equity by training students to generate resources and awareness, developing knowledge bases and skill sets, and providing opportunities to work and learn alongside Himalayan HealthCare, our partner organization in Nepal. We believe that every person has a role to play in global health equity and part of our mission is to help students find their place in the movement. Vision: To be the most effective student-run nonprofit organization in the state of Colorado, giving students the knowledge, exposure, and skill sets to be effective within the movement for global health equity and social justice while making a tangible impact in...
Jun 26, 2015

Looking Back, Moving Forward

GlobeMedders at Culture Jam
GlobeMedders at Culture Jam

This year has been quite busy for GlobeMed’s CU Boulder Chapter.  From holding the Benefit Dinner to putting on the annual Colorado GlobeMed Conference, this year has been full of successful, fun events that have brought the community together with a goal of achieving global health equity.  However, this year has also held a fair share of setbacks. Our local and partner community suffered a great loss this year from the devastating Nepal earthquakes.  In light of this, our GROW trip was canceled this summer. As a GlobeMed team, we have worked hard this year to come together to raise funds so that Himalayan Healthcare can continue providing for the communities in Nepal.

Thanks to your generous donations, we raised over $18,000 to go towards Himalayan Healthcare in their efforts to provide education, health care, and earthquake relief to the populations that they serve in rural Nepal.

Himalayan Healthcare is currently working to provide earthquake relief while also working on ensuring stability for their communities.  Efforts are being put toward providing secure food and medicines for a year while also providing secure shelter until after monsoon season when the communities can begin rebuilding homes.  Additionally, HHC has been working on redoing all of the trails that lead to the villages so that continued relief can be provided efficiently.

With the school year over, the new executive board is working on ways to make next year even more successful.  Through keeping in close contact with Himalayan Healthcare, we are continuously working to support them in all that they do.  GlobeMed members at CU Boulder consistently strive to become better global citizens while helping those around them and are using the summer to do just that.

Thank you so much for all of your contributions this year.  Our GlobeMed chapter could not be successful without your support; thank you for your continued belief in and sponsorship of a goal of global health equity.  Your contributions continue to help improve the lives of those halfway around the world with education, health, and a higher quality of life.

In Solidarity,

Kianna

Student supporting CU Stands With Nepal
Student supporting CU Stands With Nepal
Supplies donated by HHC to communities in Dhading
Supplies donated by HHC to communities in Dhading
Mar 24, 2015

Next stop: Nepal

With less than two months before their departure, the GROW interns are hard a work preparing for their trip.  Three weeks ago, the four interns – Ayush, Katie, Sana, and Elsa – attended the GROW Conference in Evanston, IL.  There they shared best practices and future concerns with the other interns from across the nation.  Each group of interns faces their own unique challenges when visiting their partner organizations, but they are able to work together to find feasible solutions. 

For this summer, the interns have a lot of fresh ideas on how to be able to bring the information they learn on the GROW trip back to us in the US.  One is to give all the school children disposable cameras to take pictures of the things that they value most.  They’re also looking in to filming a few “day-in-the-life” stories of the local villagers.  Lastly, they’ll evaluate the impact of the greenhouse that the GROW interns helped build last year. 

Other than planning for the GROW trip, our chapter has had an exciting semester.  On March 12th, we had the opportunity to meet our role model, physician, and medical anthropologist, Dr. Paul Farmer.  Dr. Farmer spoke about the recent triumphalism about the West African Ebola outbreak that is currently circulating in the media.  He encouraged us to spread the word that the outbreak isn’t over, and furthermore, that the healthcare infrastructure has been completely demolished from the outbreak and will need to be built back up.

Consequently, our chapter has started a social media movement to give thanks to the Ebola caregivers and show our solidarity both in the present in the future.  If you’d like to get involved in this movement, please check out our website,  facebook page, or email us at ucboulder@globemed.org.

Thanks again for all your support! 

In solidarity,

Grace

GROW interns at the airport
GROW interns at the airport

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Dec 22, 2014

Happy Holidays!

GROW Interns working in the greenhouse
GROW Interns working in the greenhouse

With the holidays just around the corner, GlobeMed at CU Boulder is incredibly thankful to have a strong partnership with Himalayan HealthCare.  We are so supportive of the sustainable work they have been doing this year! 

Currently, HHC is focusing on strengthening its education and greenhouse projects. In October, two teachers from the United States provided a highly interactive, two-day training to the local teachers of Tipling and Sertung. More than forty teachers attended, and the training was a huge success. We hope that with this training and our continued support of orphan and low-income students, more students than ever will pass the School Leaving Certificate, the final examination in the secondary school system in Nepal.

In addition to the education project, HHC is ready to expand its greenhouse income generation project to lower-caste communities of Tipling and Lapta. This summer, our GROW interns helped with the construction of the greenhouse in Shertung.  Almost six months later, the greenhouse is producing cauliflower, beans, squash, lettuce, cucumbers, chilies, and radishes.  The only crop that didn't survive were the tomatoes that were infected by worms. However, HHC's agriculture technician helped teach the villagers how to avoid this problem in the future.  

From all of us at GlobeMed, we hope that you have a happy holiday and a healthy new year!

In solidarity,

Grace

School Children Gossiping
School Children Gossiping

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