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 18, 2014

A Year in Review

Spring Staff
Spring Staff

It's been a busy couple months for GlobeMed at CU Boulder and Himalayan HealthCare, but now that summer is here we're able to reflect on the incredible work that we’ve accomplished.  Over the past year, GlobeMed has hosted over 10 successful campaigns on the Boulder campus, including our annual Benefit Dinner and a Hustle for Health 5K Race.  We also introduced two new educational events: the Colorado GlobeMed Conference, which brought together GlobeMed chapters from all over Colorado, and the Global Health Fair on CU's campus, which was a collaboration between GlobeMed and other health related student groups and organizations on campus.   

Through the combined efforts of our dedicated staff and your generous support, we were able to raise over $34,000 this academic year, 100% of which goes to supporting the education and health projects our partner Himalayan HealthCare implements in Nepal!

These funds have helped to provide the materials required for the construction of 25 latrines, which are being used by over 160 villagers, in the villages of Tipling, Sherthungand Lapa! Our efforts also funded the installation of 30 efficient cookstoves in homes in the Dhadhing district. This immediately benefits the health of families through a decrease of smoke inhalation and firewood consumption, which reduces deforestation and the amount of time women and children must spend collecting wood, indirectly improving school attendance. In addition to these projects, we also have continued to support educational stipends, women’s empowerment courses, income generation projects, and medical referrals.

Just because the school year is over doesn’t mean we have stopped working.  In the spring, we transitioned our new executive board, which is hard at work devising a strategic plan in order to make next year as successful as possible.  We also sent five grassroots onsite work (G.R.O.W.) interns off to Nepal in May and we are anxiously awaiting the stories and statistics about GlobeMed’s impact that they’ll bring back! Check our website, globemedcu.org, for updates on our upcoming campaigns!

Thank you to all of you who have supported our efforts this year.  Your generosity has greatly impacted the health, education, and overall quality of life of the Nepali villagers and has helped progress the movement towards global health equity!

In solidarity,

Grace

Skype with G.R.O.W. interns in Nepal
Skype with G.R.O.W. interns in Nepal
Mother and child at a women
Mother and child at a women's empowerment class
Mar 21, 2014

Goats, Cookstoves, Latrines, Oh My!

5K Hustle for Health
5K Hustle for Health

GlobeMed at CU Boulder hit the ground running this semester with our Hustle for Health 5K and Holi Celebration!  With over 175 participants registered it was one of our most successful events to date!  We are lucky to share our success here in Colorado with our wonderful partner Himalayan HealthCare (HHC), who thanks to all of your support is creating tangible, measurable changes in rural Nepal!  They have currently secured a partnership that will allow for over 40 latrines to be built this coming year, are training more locals to implement the efficient cookstove project and the goat program is well underway!         

A breed of hybrid goats, which are better suited for the climate and have more meat have been purchased and are on their way to Tipling from Kathmandu as we speak!  They will be distributed to the families that GlobeMed’s G.R.O.W. team selected after conducting an extensive community wide survey of the Kami Village of Tipling.  Our G.R.O.W. interns this coming summer will have the opportunity to check in on this project and report back on the welfare of both the goat and families! 

Currently HHC is focusing its administrative efforts on partnering with the local government agencies of the Dhading district to ensure that people in the villages of Tipling, Lapa and Shertrung are receiving the government services that they are entitled to.  The group meet with many Local Development Officers, specifically the Chiefs of public health, education, agriculture, veterinary care and the village development committee secretary.  HHC embraces the partnership model just like GlobeMed and all parties are hopeful that this collaboration will lead to even more effective programs in the future for these villages! 

Please visit GlobeMed’s website at globemedcu.org to see our upcoming events for the semester as we work towards our goal of raising $30,000 for HHC this school year!  As always, we deeply value your support and partnership and hope that you find the work we are accomplishing just as important as we do!

Happy Spring,         

A latrine under construction
A latrine under construction
A girl with her family
A girl with her family's goat
HHC employee, Bin Tapa finishing a cookstove
HHC employee, Bin Tapa finishing a cookstove
Dec 23, 2013

Looking Forward

Boys outside the secondary school in Tipling
Boys outside the secondary school in Tipling

With the year coming to an end, families and friends come together and reflect on the past year.  We have so much for which to be thankful, and it is hard not to include our Nepali family in the villages of Tipling, Shertung and Lapa in our thoughts. 

Here at GlobeMed, we are always working with an eye towards the future, so when we do take pause, seeing what we have accomplished amazes even us!  In 2013 GlobeMed effectively raised $32,000 for Himalayan HealthCare with your support! 

This money went directly towards healthcare, education, building cook stoves and latrines, and income generation projects, such as providing families with goats!  In these villages, it is incredible to see how far a little can go and how simple changes can have such a dramatic, positive impact on a community.

I thank you all for the generosity you have shown during the past year and look forward to continuing our partnership into 2014!  We have some exciting, new events happening in Boulder this spring as we expand our education efforts within our own community to raise awareness about health disparities across the world.  

 To stay current on all of our upcoming events, or if you would like to make a donation, please visit globemedcu.org for more information! 

Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday!  In solidarity,  

Ellie  

Sangita
Sangita's tooth was removed by the health post
Women will be preparing to harvest millet soon
Women will be preparing to harvest millet soon
Women
Women's Empowerment Group

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