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...
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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Jan 2, 2013

2013

New Year's Day 2013 marks the haflway point of GlobeMed at CU-Boulder's fourth year of partnership with Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) of Kathmandu, Nepal.  After the first semester, the staff at GlobeMed at CU-Boulder has successfully raised over $11,000 to support various projects that HHC directs in the most remote regions of Nepal.  GlobalGiving alone has raised nearly $600 directly for the Women's Empowerment program since our last update.  Numerous other campaigns including a benefit dinner and Holiday giving campaign have proven successful to contribute to our $11,000.  

Per the title of our GlobalGiving page, we also are supporting a cook stove and latrine program.  HHC has trained various village personnel to build cook stoves so that they are as effective and efficient as possible.  Composed of mud, water, straw, and dung, these stoves will filter the smoke up and out of the house.  The stoves will also allow more efficient burning of firewood by filtering the heat directly to the pots being used.  The Cook Stove program is a program that immediately benefits the health of families who cook over an open fire, in their house.  Not only does it reduce the amount of smoke inhalation that occurs, but it saves firewood so that women do not have to spend as many hours hiking up to the jungle to gather firewood.  

The latrine program totally restructures the water and sanitation situation in the villages. This project is a long term project that will provide every household with an improved latrine in HHC’s villages, thus vastly decreasing open defecation and health detriment due to poor sanitation.  Each latrine can provide a family of four proper disposal of human waste for 15 years.  

On behalf of all the staff at GlobeMed at CU-Boulder, we want to thank you for your support.  We wish you a Happy New Year and may all your resolutions prosper.

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