Dear GlobeMed family and friends,
Things are in full swing at the University of Rochester already and we’ve been at school for not even two months! We have 17 new members in our organization and we are very excited to continue to educate our staff and GlobeMed supporters that health is a human right. Our new members come from a variety of backgrounds and have very different interests and academic majors. With such a diverse group, we are learning from each other on a daily basis and are truly excited for what is to come.
Our five GROW interns Anisha, Maddy, Humma, Cameron and Rhett worked with our partner in Peru for six weeks during the summer. Now they are back and sharing their stories, which is motivating our chapter like never before. While in Peru, the interns monitored and evaluated many of the programs that we raised money for. By doing this, it helps Kallpa know how the programs are truly benefiting the community. One program that is funded by GlobeMed at UR is ‘El Programa de Prep.' This program offers assistance to students to prepare for the intense technical school or university entrance exam.
The GROW interns also attended the inauguration of a sexual and reproductive health consultory in the cultural center that is now supported by the Regional Board of Health. This new program is now supported by members of the youth group who will act as community health promoters in raising awareness about the services offered to the community
Maddy also judged a contest for which the nine neighborhoods were able to develop the best plans and actions towards promoting cleanliness and health in their own communities, culminating in an ExpoFair at which all the participating neighborhoods also displayed their handmade recycled arts and crafts such as dolls and paper-mache masks.
This school year GlobeMed at UR has made a commitment to Kallpa Iquitos to raise at least $12,000 dollars and we will need your help! We will be fundraising throughout the year and hope you keep GlobeMed in mind when you are feeling extra generous. We are extremely grateful for your continuous support and encouragement. We recently created a new website, so please check it out - urglobemed.tumblr.com. At this site you can find more information about GlobeMed and our campaigns for the upcoming semesters. Our next event is a 5k, co-sponsored with Community Place and the TLW group, for children and adults to promote healthy lifestyles.
GlobeMed at the University of Rochester
First of all, on behalf of our whole chapter, we want to thank you for all of your support. With your help we went above and beyond our goal of $5,000 and finished the GlobalGiving challenge with $5,941! It blew our minds that we were able to raise this much in just one month! On top of that, we finished our whole year off with an unbelievable total of $13,361!!
We are also pleased to inform you that our GROW (Grassroots On-site Work) interns made it safely to Peru this past week. In Peru they will be strengthening our chapter's relationship with our partner, Kallpa Iquitos. So far the team has been exploring the different neighborhoods that make up Iquitos and becoming familiar with this new country. In this short amount of time the GROW members have also met with one of Iquitos’ youth groups to meet them and discuss their plans for the future in a way to start building relationships with these youth.
Throughout the rest of their trip our team will see how the money we've raised is helping our partner Kallpa and the community of Iquitos, Peru. Our interns will be helping Kallpa with a new sexual health program, starting the building of a more stable youth community center, and continuing to finance the garbage collection micro-business. Additionally, along with Kallpa, they will be drafting up a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will be completed this fall. This is an agreement between our chapter and Kallpa regarding expenses and money raised and how everything will be broken down. With your support all of this is possible. Thank you!!!
The following attachment details the activities and efforts of GlobeMed at University of Rochester from November 2013- February 2013. Thank you for your support!
GlobeMed is a national student-run 501(c)(3) non-profit that aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity. GlobeMed achieves this by promoting global health education and working with grassroots partner organizations both domestically and abroad. Our values in GlobeMed serve as a basis for every aspect of our work. As a group, we envision a world in which health is a universal human right. Access to health must be realized through every facet of society from effectual public systems to proper living conditions.
At the University of Rochester, we believe that global health equity is something that everyone can support, regardless of profession or education. Our GlobeMed chapter is primarily comprised of undergraduate students brought together by our passion to eradicate social injustice, one step at a time, in a way that is both sustainable and empowering.
GlobeMed’s National Office, headquartered in Evanston, IL provides ongoing support with our planned projects and helps our chapter as a whole. The National Office also organizes national and regional events to build the GlobeMed community and to develop leadership skills among the members of the 50+ university chapters throughout the United States. Moreover, the National Office provides a global health curriculum that chapters teach their members throughout the academic year. This year, all 50+ chapters are studying human rights. Through this curriculum, students discern their roles in global health and poverty and form the academic foundation necessary to serve as effective partners.
Our partner, Kallpa Iquitos, is an association that works to help youth from underprivileged backgrounds in Iquitos, Peru, to improve their quality of life by strengthening access to resources such as healthcare and education as well as empowering the community through interactive programming solutions. Kallpa strives for family and community participation, sustainable strategies, and the ability to propose policy changes in health and education. Together, the chapter and partner organization implement specific health and development projects, communication on every aspect from initial design to monitoring and evaluation.