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.
Feb 19, 2014

RVCP getting stronger!

BVDA Volunteers with RVCP volunteers
BVDA Volunteers with RVCP volunteers

Since 2000, the partnership between BVDA and RVCP has led to newly constructed latrines in their target villages, outreach teaching sessions in which thousands of young people have been educated. Additionally, it has supplied 1 net to every 6 people within the communities, with the aim of increasing this supply in the future.

This year BVDA have recruited 2 long term,Eleri and Emma,capacity builders who will work in a project support management role to help strengthen RVCP as an organisation. The focus will be placed on improving and implementing long term strategy, communication methods, monitoring and evaluation of projects and financial clarity by providing an in-depth needs assessment report, further tailored training, continued monitoring and evaluation and project specific related advice.

They have been here 6 months now with 2 left to go and for sure RVCP is making great progress.

Fashionista at the bike race
Fashionista at the bike race
Hard at work. (blogging!)
Hard at work. (blogging!)

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Feb 3, 2014

New year with new plans

A volunteer with kids after a teaching session
A volunteer with kids after a teaching session

The new academic year for primary and secondary school students has been started in 3 weeks ago. The project will move its education sessions a new primary school which need the hygiene and sanitation education more than others.The education sessions will be aiming at raising awareness on hygiene and sanitation practices at home, school and on our body to promote good health. primary school pupils from the school of target will gain understanding on hand washing as a requirement and necessary practice at all 3 critical moments. Due to low access to water at primary schools in rural Rwanda, children are exposed to diarrhea and other low hygiene practices problems; this enable them to miss classes and suffering of having low production at school.

we are currently evaluating the last year activities in order to gather new information on the teaching methodologies and strategies which may be useful for primary school kids. Starting this february , the teaching sessions are going to be done once a week until January 2015. songs, pictures, poems and lectures are the main methods which are to be used.

Nov 25, 2013

Fall updates

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

GlobeMed at GW has been working hard to raise funds for RVCP this semester. A couple weeks ago we held our bi-annual Run for Rwanda at the Georgetown waterfront. Thanks to our amazing Campaign Team Leader, Tori, and Campaign Coordinator, Becca, the event was a huge success. We were able to integrate with the greater DC community and spread awareness about GlobeMed's mission and our work with RVCP. 

In addition, our chapter has been collaborating with RVCP, and the members of the cooperative to create a business plan to expand the income generating activity beyond agriculture. Over the past three years the cooperative has grown to include nearly 150 members. These women have developed a voice of their own and have expressed interest in creating another income generating activity so that they aren't dependent on only one resource. This year RVCP, GlobeMed, and the women in the cooperative have worked together to brainstorm different income generating activities that would be feasible in Butare. This process has involved meetings with the RVCP alumni, other NGOs such as Gardens for Health, and the local governmental agronomist to create a realistic busines plan. This process will not only assist the cooperative in becoming more sustainable, but creates community involvement and investment in the cooperative. 

GlobeMed Love,

Molly and Priya 

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