Dear GlobeMed Family and Friends,
After weeks of final exams and winter break relaxation, GlobeMed at the University of Rochester is back in action! The chapter continues to work with our partner Kallpa Iquitos to promote equal access to health, particularly with youth, in Iquitos, Peru. Kallpa has made significant progress in regards to program development over the last few months and we would like to share these updates with you.
Since the summer 2013 GROW internship, Kallpa has established all of the youth groups in the community's nine neighborhoods. The communities held an inauguration ceremony to celebrate this immense progress. Many of these groups, such as those in the Pasaje Ivan and El Aguaje neighborhoods, have already purchased their own youth centers! The opening of new youth centers enables children, adolescents, and youth leadership to access health and educational resources in their own neighborhoods, rather than having to travel to the central one in El Porvenir.
Next up is Kallpa’s plan to implement peer health advocacy groups, made possible by the recently established Sexual and Reproductive Health Consultory in El Porvenir. In one of the first weeks, 12 young adults visited to use the free health consulting service.
Two of our members who participated in the GROW Internship have continued to engage with Iquitos through a research project. After noticing disappointing trends in the number of students who finish classes in preparation for the Secondary School Exit Exam, these members decided to research factors that impact educational outcomes. The goal of the project is to provide local planners with education assessment data in order for them to create programs that increase school completion.
Both Kallpa and GlobeMed appreciate your support, as the above achievements could not have been possible without you and we hope for your continued support in the future.
GlobeMed at the University of Rochester
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.
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!!!