GlobeMed at the George Washington University

GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world. Through involvement today, students commit to a life of leadership in global health and social justice. GlobeMed at GWU specifically aims to improve the health of the impoverished in solidarity with our Partner RVCP, a grassroots organizations in Southern Rwanda, through self-sustainable programs.
Jun 30, 2014

Women cooperative visit

Women in glasses after work
Women in glasses after work

The women cooperative in now well functioning, the leadership in position and cultivating and meeting regularly every week. The women who had malnourished kids has formed a cooperative in the help of RVCP team so that the women will be able to stay together during their daily life. they meet regularly as planned for cultivating their field and it is the time for discussing different issues that they are facing in the cooperative and at their families so that they can receive advice from peers. 

We visited them at the field to observe how they are progressing in working together as a cooperative which will enable them to increase their income and living conditions despite the poverty. we found them cultivating and it was in the 11:30AM. they started cultivating arround 7:00AM and they were about to stop and have a rest while discussing and sharing ideas on how to improve themselves and the cooperative in general. They were smiling exchanging this and that and telling different stories from their villages while the cultivation going on. 

It was the time to take a rest while we arrived and we joined them in glasses where they come and sit. their cooperative president were briefing them on how they worked and how she hopes they will be working next days. she imfasized on being on time and thinking on taking care to kids everyday up to 2 years of breastfeeding. she also encouraged them to prepare nutritional meal for the lids and all members of the family in general. One of out team members joined them and added that it is crucial for the kids to have good health in order to prepare them for being good students and good citizens who will be part of their villages development. 

We concluded by thanking them for their daily work and we requested them to help each other by thinking on child and maternal health.

Jun 17, 2014

Beginning Our Partnership!

SHF-sponsored girls during their visitation day
SHF-sponsored girls during their visitation day

GWU GROW interns had our first meeting with our new partner organization, Set Her Free (SHF). We met some of the girls that SHF sponsors at Trinity Senior Academy during their visitation day. The attached photo shows SHF president Robin and founder Robinah with the girls. The girls were very enthusastic to tell our team about their challenging (but rewarding) course schedule which can last until 10pm. 

Our intern team also sat down with the SHF staff to discuss our implementation plan for the reusable sanitary pad project. The girls have already sewed their first sets of pads. By the end of July, the intern team along with SHF hopes to have created a system to evaluate the effectiveness and outreach of the project and to have begun distributing the pads to local schools. 

May 22, 2014

Upcoming activities

With the new Leadship of Rwanda Village Concept Project,the project" HIV/AIDS avoidance in 150 Village young people"  plans to set a new plan of action for the coming days.We are glad to thank all our donors who supported our activities in past and hope to keep sustaining the project.

Rwanda Village Concept Project (RVCP) is a non-governmental, non-political, voluntary organization. It is linked to other Village Concept Projects worldwide through the International Students Association of Village Concept Projects. The overall goal of RVCP is to provide sustainable improvement in the health and living standards of underprivileged communities at Village level and to develop the skills and knowledge of participating students.

The project" HIV/AIDS avoidance in 150 Village young people" is intended to increase the knowledge of 150 village young people about HIV prevention, sexually transmitted infections (STI's); reproductive health and methods of family planning in HUYE District.

-The project will work with the RVCP HIV/AIDS Awareness, Reproductive Health and Family Planning Program to reach the youth in anti-HIV/AIDS clubs to promote debates on sensitive issues in a friendlier environment.

-We will also carry out HIV education sessions in primary schools and in non-schooling youth in Southern Province of Rwanda. 

By working together,we aim to limit the spread of HIV/AIDS through education of the youth and raise their awareness about HIV/AIDS whilst fighting the stigma and discrimination that affect the people living with HIV and AIDS.

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