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...
Sep 30, 2013

Partnership in Action

Children in the Kami (blacksmith) community
Children in the Kami (blacksmith) community

It has been almost two months since our Grassroots Onsite Work (G.R.O.W.) team has returned from working with our partner organization Himalayan HealthCare (HHC).  Although Nepal can sometimes feel far away from Boulder, I can attest that the village of Tipling, where we lived and worked, has stayed close to our hearts.  After personally seeing the projects that we are funding in some of the most remote and difficult to access regions in Nepal, we have all come back inspired to continue our work at CU.

While in Tipling, G.R.O.W interns were directly involved in the selection of four families to receive goats as part of one of HHC’s income generation programs.  Families were selected from the Kami blacksmith community, who are the lowest caste in Tipling.  The selection criteria was based on family members participation in the Women’s Empowerment classes, sending their children to school, using an improved cook stove and latrine, as well as taking their general situation into account.  It was such a rewarding experience getting to know all of the families personally and being able to connect with them despite our many cultural differences.  The resilience of these people living in such an unforgiving environment never ceased to amaze us!

The work that HHC has been doing in the Dhading District for the past 20 years has dramatically changed the landscape and situation for people living in removed villages like Tipling.  Having the opportunity to personally meet the people that our funds and HHC’s programs are helping was a life changing experience for all of us and served to further strengthen our partnership with HHC and the local community.      

The whole chapter at CU is working hard to plan fun and exciting events for the rest of the year.  We are inspired to continue to explore our place in the movement for global health equity both in the local community and abroad!   We are especially looking forward for Anil Parajuli, Executive Director and co-founder of HHC to visit Boulder for our annual Benefit Dinner on October 5th.  

We thank you for your generosity and continued support of our projects.  None of the incredible work that HHC is doing would be possible without the support of people like you!  If you are interested in learning about events that we have coming up during the school year, project updates or want to meet our new Executive Board, please visit out website at globemedcu.org!       

 

In solidarity

 

Ellie 

GROW interns with HHC field guide during festival
GROW interns with HHC field guide during festival
Families selected for the goat program
Families selected for the goat program
Tipling, Nepal
Tipling, Nepal
Jul 5, 2013

Working in Nepal!

It was wheels up on May 15th, 2013 for our five GROW (Grassroots Onsite Work) team members on their way to Nepal to visit our partners HHC (Himalayan HealthCare). They spent the first week with HHC in Kathmandu, acclimatizing and getting ready for the three day long hike. Anil (Co-Founder and Director) and Soni (Director) Parajuli hosted the GROW team in Kathmandu and took them around the sights to get a taste of the "urban" Nepal. The GlobeMed family back home in Boulder gets to live vicariously through the postcards sent to us. All five members of the team experienced the woes of international travel with some health issues but all is well after a couple days of rest. 

The main part of the GROW team's trek started a week later with a ten hour drive and a three day trek into the village of Tipling. Once there, they have started putting into action the lesson plans they have prepared for the women's empowerment classes, education classes for the children, as well as getting hands on work in the field. They will be helping build latrines, doing some field work and will live the life of a simple Nepalese villager. 

During their two month stay in the village, the GROWers will evaluate the progress and efficiency of the projects funded by your donations. They will meet the recipients of the goat project and evaluate the effectiveness of the project. They will get to see and use the latrines and cook stoves that have been funded and see the impact that those projects have on the people that receive the aid. GlobeMed aims to make the most use of every penny donated to us, and having the GROW team be there in person to evaluate the projects assures us that the money we raise is being used as efficiently and effectively as possible, to make the biggest positive impact possible. 

The GROWers are all doing well and enjoying their time in Nepal. We can't wait until they get back and see how much they have GROWn. We would like to send our most sincere gratitude to all of our friends who have made our goals of helping people in Nepal possible. We really could not do it without your unwavering support. We look forward to our continued partnership with all of you, towards our ultimate goal of Global Health Equity. 

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Apr 4, 2013

Next Stop...Nepal!

As the semester winds down and GlobeMed at CU-Boulder finishes its last efforts to raise funds for Himalayan HealthCare (HHC), a group of students from GlobeMed at CU-Boulder prepares for their 3 month expedition in Nepal.  This group of students has been meeting for the past 4 months talking with the founder of HHC, Anil Parajuli, to discuss their itinerary and attempting to absorb as much Nepali culture as possible in Boulder, CO.  Since GlobeMed at CU-Boulder and HHC are such close partners, they try to visit one another about once per year to check-up on projects and maintain close friendships.  This trip to Nepal will allow the students, as liaisons to the GlobeMed chapter, to view, firsthand, the progress in the villages surrounding Tipling due to GlobeMed's efforts.  

For example, the students who will spend time in the villages will meet women who are benefitting from our orginal "30 Goats in 30 Days" campaign, which provides 4 goats to a family, giving them investment options for land, education, and other guided business ventures.  The students will also view the latrines and cook stoves that have been built through GlobeMed's efforts, as well as medical supplies that health posts need in the most remote regions of Nepal.  While viewing the progress of our projects is important, documenting the progress through photographs, interviews, and journaling will give our staff, friends and donors a better understanding of the legitimate impact GlobeMed has in the communities HHC directly serves.  

After the summer, we hope that you will return to our page to see the updates, pictures and video from this group's time in Nepal.  Until then, GlobeMed at CU-Boulder wishes you a happy spring and fantastic beginning to your summer.  

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