We are writing to let you know that GlobeMed at Rochester is currently undergoing a repartnering process. Our goal is to be as transparent as possible with the reasoning behind this decision. Because of changes with Kallpa-Iquitos, described below, we have had to move on to a new partnership. At the conclusion of the school year, we selected the Social Organization for Voluntary Action (SOVA), based in eastern India! We are thrilled to begin establishing a new, vibrant partnership in the spirit of the relationship we had with the community and staff in Pampachica.
In early fall, our long-time primary contacts at Kallpa, Frida and Manuel, both left. We had great trouble maintaining contact with the new representative, Rosse Mary. A number of emails went unanswered and we couldn’t even get in touch to set up a call for several months after our initial introduction to her in early October.
In early March, the Partnerships directors were finally able to speak with Rosse Mary. The conversation went very well, but we learned that the Kallpa programs in Pampachica were going to permanently end by December 2015. We later learned from Kallpa’s national office that the international grant funding that contributed the bulk of money to Kallpa-Iquitos, paying for program staff salaries, etc., had only been set to support projects through December 2015, and was not going to be extended. Rosse Mary thought we were aware of this reality, but that March conversation was the first time the Partnerships Directors had heard about it.
As a result, we decided it was not reasonable to go on GROW, nor to send money raised during the 2014-15 school year to Iquitos. All money raised after August 2014 will go to our new partner, SOVA. While we are of course frustrated that the last year of our partnership with Kallpa was less than ideal and are disappointed that such a lack of communication characterized the final months of our partnership, we must keep in mind the significant impact that our funds and trips to Iquitos have made both on our own growth and development as students and on the community of Pampachica; the contributions that each side made to this partnership are in no way erased by the partnership’s conclusion.
Despite a bittersweet ending with Kallpa, we are thrilled with our new partnership! After reviewing a list of four organizations, narrowing our selection to two, interviewing them, and voting as a chapter, we ultimately selected SOVA. SOVA works to provide a variety of health services to populations that don’t have access to a hospital. They are well-integrated with the community, emphasize the importance of a community-based approach, are completely independent of US influence in their management structure, and have a vision for sustainability (many of their successful health delivery programs are ultimately funded or administered by the Indian government). We believe working with SOVA will provide a valuable cultural challenge, that our contribution will meaningfully contribute to an organization with a broad reach, that we will be able to have long-term involvement, and that whatever contributions we make will be equal to the amount we can learn.
We are still in the early stages of communication with SOVA, with many questions left to be answered. The Partnerships Directors are beginning conversations with representatives at SOVA in the coming weeks, and we look forward to providing you more information in the months to come. Anticipate a new newsletter to be released this Fall!
As always, your support is critical to our success. Kallpa has certainly left an indelible mark on our community, as much as we hope we have left one on theirs. We hope you will continue to help us make a new mark on a different community. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our new Co-Presidents, Lisle Coleman and Mahir Khan, at email@example.com.
All the best,
GlobeMed at The University of Rochester
Dear GlobeMed Family and Friends,
These past three months have been incredibly busy and important with respect to our partner, campaigns, and internal structure.
As in any relationship, communication is an integral part of ensuring two organizations are on the same page. This fact is central to what makes our model unique -- we work for constant communication with our partner and focus on ensuring that your contributions go to projects that the communities we work in value. However, constant communication can be a struggle sometimes, even more so in a time of transition. Near the end of December our Partnerships committee was informed that our two primary contacts from Kallpa Iquitos, Manuel and Frida, would no longer be working with Kallpa in Pampachica. Eager to get in contact and establish a new line of consistent communication with Kallpa, our Partnerships coordinators reached out to the new Kallpa coordinator to introduce themselves. We were only able to secure sporadic communication until mid-February, when we had an in-depth conversation with our contact. She explained how challenging running Kallpa's programs has been -- given how committed the youth had been to the leadership of Manuel and Frida, the transition proved difficult for youth to accept. Most significantly, our contact informed us that Kallpa's programs in Pampachica would conclude in December 2015. This came as a complete surprise to our Partnerships coordinators, who then reached out to Kallpa's national office to get an explanation. As it turns out, the international grant that comprised the majority of Kallpa Iquitos' revenue stream will end in December 2015, and they have not been able to secure an extension.
Wanting to be proactive about our situation, a Partnerships representative met with our National Office during Spring Break to discuss the situation. Since Kallpa in Pampachica will only be operating until next December, GlobeMed at the University of Rochester is currently in the process of researching and collectively choosing a new organization that we will partner with beginning next Fall. As soon as we have finalized our new partner, a new project page will be created with detailed information.
This is huge news for GlobeMed at the University of Rochester and for you as donors who have been the support that has backed this organization and helped us and Kallpa Iquitos thrive for the past five years. The donations received up to August 31, 2014 will continue to go to funding the projects that are currently taking place in Pampachica. As Kallpa in Pampachica will not be operating past December 2015, the funds raised after August 31 will go to the organization we are re-partnered with.
The news about Kallpa is as fresh to you as it is to us, but we view this as an opportunity to reflect on the flaws in our past partnership and focus on ways to ensure that we have a strong, communicative relationship with our new partner.
We wanted to be as transparent as possible in this report and feel that it is your privilege as donors to know as much as we do. With transparency comes the possibility of alarm, and we understand that this is as much of a surprise for you as it was for us. However, if you have any concerns, suggestions, or feedback please do not hesitate to contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GlobeMed at the University of Rochester
The past few months have brought about a great deal of change, excitement, and optimism for the future at Kallpa and within our GlobeMed chapter in Rochester. Just two weeks ago we held our biggest event of the fall semester, our third annual Art Gala. The event was a big success, and we are excited that the donated funds will enable Kallpa to continue implementing their programs in Iquitos to promote youth engagement and empowerment. Additionally, our primary contact at Kallpa Iquitos has changed to Rosse Mary, who is energized and committed to Kallpa's mission.
Much of Kallpa's programming this year revolves around allowing youth in different neighborhoods in Pampachica to identify problems where they live and work together in their neighborhood centers to develop creative solutions to these problems. Many of the youth centers supported by your donations serve as academic centers where children come to do their schoolwork and spent time with each other. At one center, youth noticed that while a great deal of time was spent on schoolwork, there were very few books to read and refer to at the center. To combat this issue, students at this center decided that they would dedicate their project to creating a library in the youth center. Kallpa also continues to support a sexual health clinic at one of the youth centers in Pampachica to encourage youth to make informed decisions on their sexual health.
Our chapter has been communicating with Kallpa biweekly throughout the semester. Our partnerships committee and Kallpa have begun discussing plans for the summer when interns from our chapter connect for 7 weeks with Kallpa to help with programs, work on program evaluation, and build relationships with people in Pampachica.
As the New Year approaches we want to thank you for your continuous support that allows Kallpa to advocate for their community and work with youth leaders to develop community based solutions to problems facing Pampachica. Your support is tremendously appreciated!
Have a great holiday season and a happy New Year!