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.
Nov 5, 2012

amazi ni isoko y'ubuzima

teaching session with volunteers
teaching session with volunteers



AMAZI NI ISOKO Y’UBUZIMA



Amazi ni isoko y’ubuzima is a Kinyarwanda sentence “mother tongue of Rwandans” which mean “water is the source of life”.This is a sentence that is well recognized by many Rwandans during different education sessions
and campaigns related to Hygiene, water and sanitation practices and their importance on our daily life.



The sentence is also retained by MATYAZO primary school students at the completion of their hygiene and sanitation education sessions during the academic year of 2012 where the activities of Hygiene, water and
sanitation program of Rwanda village concept project were working as a target group for its project of Hygiene and sanitation education among primary school students.



During the academic year of 2012, Volunteers from RVCP at MATYAZO primary school which have around 1,000 students, covered different topics on hygiene practices promotion. Among these topics we have hand washing
practices promotion among primary schools students, body hygiene, home materials hygiene (dishes,jerican,..),school materials and class hygiene, latrines cleaning, water management and respiratory hygiene practices. Students also learned how to share information and skills gained among their family
members and other children from their villages in order to become ambassadors of hygiene, water and sanitation promotion practices.



Different methods were used to educate students on those different topics. Printed materials to provide children information on hygiene and sanitation, posters, flayers, songs and group discussions on topics covered.
Nowadays students are in their final exams to end their academic year and activities at the target group are now closing and they will start the academic year in January 2013 where the project will start the new primary school as a target group.



All things have not gone well during the activities implementation in this academic year. Normally the academic year of all students from Rwanda started in January of each year and end in starting November but now it changed for universities and colleges where they ended the last academic year in July 2012 and start the new 2012-2013 academic year in September 2012 which disturbed the way activities conducted as volunteers from RVCP who
implement hygiene, water and sanitation activities are national and international university students. To resolve the challenges the organization is preparing how the implementation of different sessions and topics to be
covered in different classes at the next new target will be marched with the academic year of volunteers and the target primary school students.



“Clean hands with soaps save live”



Oct 3, 2012

Fall Report

Hello!

Thank you for following our project through the past couple of years! We appreciate all the support we’ve continued to receive.

After Alex and Melissa returned from Rwanda this summer, we’ve made some pig (ahem, I mean big) changes to the Maternal Health Education Program. For any of you who follow our reports, you’ll know that all the mothers who attend MHEP receive a goat at the end of the 10 sessions.

Over this past summer, however, Melissa and Alex talked with RVCP and the women in MHEP and decided that PIGS would be more beneficial than goats. Pigs reproduce more quickly, which allow the women to sell the offspring more quickly than with the goats. This ensures that they are able to buy more food and necessities for their families. 

Along with this change, we are gearing up for our winter initiative. For the first time, we will be conducting biannual Maternal Health Education Programs to ensure that we are helping the maximum number of women possible.

Alex and Melissa, and members of RVCP, set up a reliable and long-term method of monitoring the results of MHEP. The head of the initiatives in Rwanda will collect surveys from the Rukira clinic and upload them to an online site so that we can all share the results. Once we have a database with enough information, we’ll look to analyze the data. Our hope is to expand the program beyond just Rukira!

Back in DC, our chapter has grown considerably and we’ve welcomed over thirty new members. This past weekend we were able to enjoy the beautiful fall weather on our fall retreat to a pumpkin festival in Virginia. All of our members – new and returning – are excited to begin our year of incredible events and awareness campaigns.

We are gearing up towards our annual 5K run that will occur in November. And already have started planning our big Benefit Dinner to occur Spring 2013. We are excited to get the GW and DC community out and supporting RVCP and the women in Rwanda.

That’s it for this fall’s updates! Short, but sweet. Thanks for reading, and thanks for your support! We’ll write back soon to keep you updated, and look out for our Global Giving Match Day!

Feel free to email us with questions or comments!

Much love,

Katy Stewart and Melissa Wong

gwu@globemed.org

Aug 29, 2012

FOOTBALL TOURNAMENTS IN VILLAGE YOUNG PEOPLE

Village Young People in Tournament
Village Young People in Tournament

The RVCP through  a project “Youth Health Education Project (YHEP)”  is carrying out the football tournaments in southern province of Rwanda. This plan was designed for village young people to strengthen their  abilities to improve their health conditions. Youth  club football teams are promoted as a tool for empowerment and education.  The youth club football  teams at tournaments are taught about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS awareness.  The RVCP through  a project “Youth Health Education Project (YHEP)”  is carrying out the football tournaments in southern province of Rwanda. This plan was designed for village young people to strengthen their  abilities to improve their health conditions. Youth  club football teams are promoted as a tool for empowerment and education.

The youth club football  teams at tournaments are taught about reproductive health and HIV/AIDS awareness.

The participation of the community is an  essential aspect in implementing the projects and, more generally, in providing  basic health care. The key actors are people from the community. Through this  they are empowered, gaining greater self-reliance and more active  responsibilities additionally improving their own health. They are therefore  involved in all stages of the Projects; from initial planning through to the  evaluation.

 “Governmental and nongovernmental organizations at all levels could do much more to help  people especially in village youth, change their behavior to avoid HIV and AIDS”

 SPECIFIC  OBJECTIVES

- To effectively  use University  volunteers in  empowering rural village young people

- To create and strengthen youth club football teams through community  visits, mobilization and education.

- To eradicate misconception about HIV/AIDS and cultural norms which  lower the status of HIV infected individuals

- To provide the means of HIV/AIDS protection through distributing condoms and visual and reading  materials at football  tournaments

- To collaborate with urban VCT centers for volunteers to organize mobile VCT services in Huye district

This Tournament 2012 was funded by AECS-Catalonia

Emmanuel Bakundukize,discussing with the Community
Emmanuel Bakundukize,discussing with the Community
HIV awareness Director doing Condom demonstration
HIV awareness Director doing Condom demonstration

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