Dear Family and Friends,
The 2013-2014 year is over, and not only have we successfully achieved our goal of $10,000 but we exceeded it bringing in a total of $10,636.48. Thank you for all of your generous donations throughout the year; we could not have reached our goal without your support. The money we have raised will be sent to our partner AMOS in Nicaragua to fund our water-filtration project.
We wrapped up the year with our Fifth Annual 5K Fun(d) Run that raised $2026.70. We would like to thank everyone who supported us and participated in this event. A special thank you to Aubrey Flowers and Harris Short who led this campaign- it would not have been successful without all of their hard work.
“Helping lead the 5K was an incredibly rewarding experience. We had 66 runners attend the race, sold over 140 t-shirts, and raised over $2000 for AMOS! It was so inspirational to see the entire chapter, much of the school, and many community members rally around our cause.” - Aubrey Flowers, 5K Co-Leader
Our three GROW interns, Summer, Harris, and Madeline, are preparing to leave for Nicaragua on July 3rd. They will visit for 6 weeks during which they will support the work of our partner AMOS. They are all genuinely excited to be a part of the work that our partner does and to see firsthand where the money that we raise goes.
Both Noelle Schmitter-Schrier and I are looking forward to serving our chapter as Internal and External Co-presidents for the 2014-2015 school year. We greatly appreciate your continued support and could not have attained the success of exceeding our fundraising goal without your help.
With much appreciation from the entire GlobeMed Chapter at Rhodes College,
Noelle Schmitter-Schrier and Celeste Lake
This spring semester of 2014 has been a time of excitement and growth for our chapter. With your continued support of our project, we have raised over half of our goal of $10,000 for the school year. With the new semester, we welcomed many new members to our GlobeMed at Rhodes College chapter. Recently, the chapter gathered for our spring retreat which was a great opportunity for our members to bond and to learn more about health disparities in Nicaragua and our work to partner with AMOS and effect change. During the month of February, we held a Data Match campaign that uses comical surveys to pair compatible students. Our chapter is currently preparing for our Fifth Annual 5K Fun(d) Run on March 22, 2014. The 5K committee members are busy soliciting sponsorships from local businesses and advertising for the event. The 5K and our final GlobalGiving push in April will be our last campaigns of the semester and with your support will complete the $10,000 we pledged to AMOS.
Each year our chapter selects members to serve as GROW interns with AMOS in Nicaragua during the summer. We have three exceptional GROW interns this year. Summer, Madeline, and Harris are all genuinely excited to visit Nicaragua and to support the work of our partner AMOS. Our GROW coordinator, Summer Preg, had the opportunity to attend a national GlobeMed GROW training in Chicago this past weekend that helped prepare her for the work with AMOS. She shared these thoughts from her experience:
“One of the biggest things I took away from training this weekend was a sense of how the GlobeMed model is based on the belief that relationships drive our success. I am excited to be a GROW intern and partner with AMOS which is core to our mission. I hope that through GlobeMed at Rhodes College I will be a small cog in bringing about a better world.”
It is hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner! It has been a busy year for GlobeMed at Rhodes College, as we work to fundraise the $10,000 we have pledged to AMOS and to raise awareness on campus and in our community about the health challenges in rural Nicaragua, where less than 20 % of families have access to safe drinking water. In support of this goal, we held an art auction that raised over $2,400 and featured both student art as well as a variety of work from Nicaragua. Also, four members were able to attend the GlobeMed Hilltop conference at Washington University in St. Louis to hear Dr. Jonathan Gruber, the chief economist for the Affordable Care Act, speak and to participate in global health discussions with other GlobeMed chapters. As we head into the second half of our school year, we wanted to share this inspirational story from one of our interns, Pauline Dinh, about her experience working with our partner in Nicaragua over the past summer.
“With the support of the other interns and of the community health leaders, we were able to endure and collect the most gratifying and impressive data -98% of all the filters in San Jose were being used. This fact was made even more meaningful when Dr. Laura Parajon told us that this community has suffered the most, yet is one of the strongest. She told us that several years ago during the Revolution, the health promoter and a couple other health committee members were murdered. This event shocked and, understandably, scared the community. For two years, San Jose did not have an active health committee or a health promoter. As time passed, a brave man by the name of Juan de Dios Blandón realized the importance of rebuilding a sense of security and improving the health of his friends, family, and neighbors. In response, he volunteered to be the new health promoter of San Jose de la Mula. His enthusiasm and love has shone during the twenty years of service as a health promoter and continues to grow every day.
Moments like these are what advocates of public health seek and thrive on. Hearing stories of victories and of hardships are fuel and fire that ignite passion... This is why we are part of GlobeMed-to learn about ourselves, mold our morals and standards, fight for rights like basic health care and higher standards of living, and to say “NO” when we see injustice and to act to make things right.”
As you enjoy the holiday season, we hope you will take some time out of your busy schedule to pause and ask yourself how you can contribute to our mission, as Pauline so aptly summed it up, “to say ‘NO’ when we see injustice and to act to make things right.”
Thank you so much for your interest and support.
The GlobeMed Team at Rhodes College
GlobeMed at Rhodes College has recently welcomed back our four GROW (grassroots on-site work) interns who worked with our partner AMOS in Nicaragua for six weeks. They are sharing their stories and motivating our chapter like never before. Our chapter is excited and determined to do even more as this new school-year kicks off.
One of the interns, Perri Carroll shares this:
I left for the Nicaragua on June 27th feeling excited and nervous. I was going to finally see the water filters we try every year to support with our fundraising. Going into this internship I had little Spanish speaking skills, but I had passion to help AMOS improve the health of community members. With the help of my fellow interns my Spanish improved and we were able to effectively evaluate the water filter project for AMOS. We spent our time in three different communities each with their own unique style. The last community we visited, San Jose de Mulas, was filled with musicians and we were lucky enough to receive a musical welcome by the health committee. A common theme among communities was that their health promoters had the aspirations to make change and were passionate about bringing the community together to succeed in improving the health conditions for their people.
One health promoter sticks out in my mind. His name is Ismael and was a young health promoter for a community in La RAAS (southern Atlantic region). I will never forget what he shared with our group. He told us how grateful he was to be a health promoter and to be trained as the first responder in a community where it would take 3 hours to get to the nearest hospital. He was not only grateful for AMOS but for us. He explained that AMOS, the health promoters, and GlobeMed at Rhodes College worked together for one common goal, to help the livelihood and health of others. With this common goal and individual responsibilities we were able to succeed and keep on progressing. That we all together make up a larger community. It does not matter that we were thousands of miles away in America, he saw us as working members in this big communal relationship. Through this trip I realized how important GlobeMed at Rhodes College’s job is within AMOS and got to see firsthand how the money from our donors and our work there is making a positive impact on the lives of others.
Thank you for your continued support! We will update you with more stories and media from the interns once they have a chance to organize and edit.
Dear past and future donors,
GlobeMed at Rhodes College would like to thank you for your participation and generous donations to our water-filtration project in Nicaragua. With everyone's help, we raised over $5,000 in 30 days! These donations decrease the risk of waterborne illnesses by providing families in Nicaragua with access to clean water in their homes. This summer, 4 interns from Rhodes College will be serving with AMOS in Nicaragua for six weeks. When those interns return near the end of August, we will share more stories of how your donations are making an impact.
By investing in the health of rural communities in Nicaragua, you are ensuring brighter futures for people affected by waterborne illnesses. Thank you supporting our cause and caring for the families of rural Nicaragua.
GlobeMed at Rhodes College
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