Health Education Among the Ultra-poor

 
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Health Education Among the Ultra-poor

Health Education Among the Ultra-poor
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The Valley of Mystery

The Valley of Mystery
It is one of life's ironies that a place of such natural beauty, with such a strong traditional culture, is such a dangerous place to have a baby, to be born or to grow up. Dangerous in the sense of challenges to health. A pregnant woman has a 1/15 chance of dying in birth. A new-born, 1 in 4 of dying before the age of 2. (view small | med | large | orig)

The Jherekhe School Yard

The Jherekhe School Yard
There are no basketball courts, no soccer pitches and the schools have mainly dirt floors. (view small | med | large | orig)

Jherekhe School

Jherekhe School
The place of the ultra-poor is a sad and beautiful world. No one is more generous than the people who have so little. Jinpa, generosity in Tibetan, is the core value of their culture. No human is more cheerful than a child and no child is more cheerful than a Tibetan child. They are taught from very early on that it is good to be who they are. Our work aims to bring them back from the edge of cultural dispossession through health promotion. (view small | med | large | orig)

Modi School Interior

Modi School Interior
Lee Weingrad writes: from the sanctity of our office in Beijing, I have no words to express my shock at the condition of the Modi School. Here are children sitting in the dirt on tree stumps. With your assistance we are going to put in a new floor and replace those stumps with chairs and desks. (view small | med | large | orig)

Window I

Window I
Not all the windows in the Modi School have glass. There are some that have no glass at all. (view small | med | large | orig)

Glass--less window

Glass--less window
Lee Weingrad writes, "of all the boredom and trauma I experienced as an elementary school student, I never had to battle the Tibetan winter coming in the glass-less windows. We can fix this." (view small | med | large | orig)

Schoolroom wall

Schoolroom wall
The walls are mud and stone. (view small | med | large | orig)

Students at their desks

Students at their desks
There's something very poetic about this photo, because I think it portrays the kind of value the students bring to their new school. Imagine how much more motivated they would be with adequate desks, notebooks, floors, and windows, to say nothing of a stove! (view small | med | large | orig)

first use of new classroom

first use of new classroom
Photo from Progress Report 'A Year of Living Generously' (view small | med | large | orig)

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Organization

Surmang Foundation

Boulder, CO, United States
http://www.surmang.org

Project Leader

Lee Weingrad

Founder
Boulder, CO United States

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Map of Health Education Among the Ultra-poor