After spending five weeks with their partner, Rural Economic Development Association (REDA) in Cambodia, these two young leaders have learned what partnership is really all about:
"Partnership is real and genuine when you’re at a loss for solutions. When you sit in meetings and have to think so hard to make little or no progress. When you leave with more questions than answers, and wonder if your work is solving problems at all.
Partnership is real and genuine when you spend time together, and realize that relationships are what can really bring change. When you sing karaoke together at a beer garden in the middle of rural Cambodia. When Serey brings us to his farm, and picks us apples off his tree while we swing in his hammock. When we hang out with the kids at the river, and communicate by playing rock paper scissors. And even though these seem like trivial details, these are what bring results – we better understand what humanity is and how it unites us, no matter what “boundaries” are set in place.
Partnership is real and genuine when we realize the weight of our privilege as GlobeMed members, and the responsibility it brings. When the tension we experienced in those meetings drives us to seek, and search, and pray for answers. It’s real when it gets put to the test. When we feel at the core of our being, “now that we’ve seen, we’re responsible.”
We do have stories about the impact of the latrines, water pumps, and income grants our chapter has contributed to. And this is nothing to dismiss – these results are phenomenal, and the projects/REDA are making an impact on the health of the community. We couldn’t be more thankful for that. But partnership became beautiful to us in its messiness, and that’s the real life partnership that we want to be a part of."
This summer, GlobeMed will send 218 students from 52 chapters to work in the field alongside their partners. From Cambodia to Haiti, these students will gain an understanding of true partnership in action, just like Hannah and Emily. Your invaluable support has helped make this possible – thank you.
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Cindy Sui shares her unique experiences as a student leader at GlobeMed at the University of Chicago. From on-going mentorship with GlobeMed alumni to annual leadership trainings and conferences hosted by the National Office, Cindy feels empowered to make collaborative, community-driven change today & into the future.
Why is GlobeMed so special to me? The University of Chicago is partnered with Asociación de Personas Afectadas por Tuberculosis del Peru (ASPAT – Peru), a grassroots organization that works to improve the quality of life for people affected by tuberculosis.
Through our partnership, I got the chance to dig deep into the challenges around equitable tuberculosis care in Peru. I was able to take action while learning alongside the leaders of ASPAT – Peru who are working on the front lines of global health. These leaders model the kind of leadership I strive to emulate: collaborative, authentic, community-centered and empathetic.
GlobeMed also exposed me to the gross health disparities that continue to pervade our world. Before college, I had no understanding that there were social or structural barriers to accessing healthcare. Through GlobeMed’s signature global health and social justice educational curriculum, I was exposed to systemic challenges, like food insecurity and poor healthcare infrastructure, that perpetuate ill health and inequality. This education revolutionized my understanding of the world and my ambitions for the future.
And finally, GlobeMed introduced me to a network of incredible leaders in global health and social change. Whether they are fellow students, health promoters in our partner organizations, speakers at the Global Health Summit, or the inspiring GlobeMed alumni, the people within the GlobeMed network inspire and push me everyday. They have helped me understand that with humility and commitment, change is possible. To put it simply, GlobeMed gives me an outlet for inspired, informed action with tangible impact that I’ve found nowhere else in my college career.
Thank you for your invaluable support. Let’s continue working together for a more just and equitable world.
With gratitude, Cindy
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