We’re over halfway there! Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we’ve already been able to exceed our expectations, and have raised $5,600 of our $10,000 yearly goal in our first semester alone--and we’re hoping to raise an even greater amount during our second semester. Our GlobeMed members are currently busy at work planning fundraisers that we hope will provide Haiti's Maison de Naissance birthing clinic with the needed funds to continue their mission.
As usual, we have several fundraising campaigns that we will but putting on throughout this semester. Our members will be working to put on a trivia night, a Haitian Celebration event, a breakfast sale, our Global Get Down event, and several small business campaigns. As always, all funds raised by these events will be donated directly to Maison de Naissance. In addition to our fundraising efforts, we also believe that promoting awareness is extremely important to our mission, which is why this semester we will be putting on two awareness events: Global Health Action Week, and World Day of Social Justice. We hope that these events will help to raise awareness and concern for global health issues across campus. Additionally, we will once again be sending a group of our GlobeMed members to Maison de Naissance this summer in order to help strengthen the partnership between Maison de Naissance and GlobeMed's Truman chapter.
Given that your support is so incredibly important to us, we’d like to take this opportunity to ask you, our donors, how you think we could work together with you to draw wider support for the cause. It can’t be overstated how much of an impact that you have on the lives of the mothers who rely on Maison de Naissance, and we can’t thank you enough for your continued generosity.
We’ve been busy! Through the work of our members and the generosity of you, our donors, we’ve already put a sizable dent in our yearly goal, and we still have more plans for the rest of this semester. Our semester was kicked off as new members joined, and we got to work on organizing the campaigns we had planned. The first campaign that we got to was our 5k Run, followed by a Fall Festival, and most recently a Benefit Dinner with an art auction attached. As always, all of the funds we raised through our campaigns will be sent to the Haitian birthing clinic that we are partnered with, Maison de Naissance.
Our members have had a lot of additional motivation this semester through what we learned from the members that went on the Grass Roots On-sight Work Internship (GROW Trip), in addition to the news that Maison de Naissance was facing a suspension of services due to issues with expenses. As a result, the campaigns that we’ve put out so far throughout this semester have been met with a lot of enthusiasm on both the part of our own GlobeMed members, and the donors who participated in the event. In addition to our regular campaigns, we are also currently working on our Individual Giving campaign in order to encourage individuals to donate to Maison de Naissance. The idea for this Individual Giving campaign is to explain why we, as GlobeMed members, care about and give to the Haitian birthing clinic that we’re partnered with, and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
Thanks to the work that our members put in, and the amazing support that we’ve received, we’re already well on our way to achieving this year’s goal of raising $10,000 for the Maison de Naissance birthing clinic. As always, we’re very excited for our future campaigns and projects. We’re currently planning what we’ll be doing next semester in order to keep raising money for Haitian mothers and babies. The contributions we receive from you, the donors, are what makes all of this possible. No one can thank you enough for the difference you all help to make.
As last semester came to a close we planned, as a chapter, our campaigns and goals for this coming semester. The chapter decided on three main campaigns. Our first campaign will be a 5K Run; possibly a color run! The next campaign will be a 12 hour Dance-a-thon. Bring your dancing shoes! We're also excited to see what our new members will bring to the table with the new campaign they will create. Each fall our GlobeMed chapter holds the Fall Harvest on campus. This yearly campaign has become a tradition on our campus and we're hoping to have the great support we have had in previous years.
We also have a new and excited exec board going into this semester. All of these bright leaders are very passionate about Maison de Naissance and the campaigns we have chosen. Our chapter very excited for our new Co-Presidents, Jabari and Rae! We also have six other newly filled exec positions. As always, you our donors help us so much in the support of Maison de Naissance. Your contributions make this possible and save the lives of many Hatian mothers and babies.
We have had such a successful semester! Thanks to all of you, our donors, we've made phenomenal progress towards our rather large goal! This semester our five campaigns went very well. One of our yearly campaigns connected us to our Haitian roots: selling Haitian style rice and beans during Haitian Celebration. The campus loved it! We also held a couple smaller campaigns, even one coinciding with Mother’s Day. All of our proceeds went straight to Maison de Naissance, a birthing clinic in rural Haiti.
This May, we sent a group of our own GlobeMed Members to Haiti. We have a Grass Roots On-sight Work Internship (GROW Trip) every year and each year the team focuses on a different project. This year, our GROW members are surveying past Maison de Naissance patients to determine how many are returning for further care. This data is very important for Maison de Naissance and will be used to create new extended care programs for these mothers and children. Maison de Naissance has several different programs for care after the child is born. Continuum Care programs are offered for family planning through childhood vaccinations as well as other pro-active recall systems for continuity of care.
Thanks to you we were able to nearly raise our goal of $12,000 to help the mothers and babies of Torbeck, Haiti. For next year’s goal, we are focusing more on quality versus quantity with our campaigns. We hope this will help create a more intimate connection within our chapter, with our supporters and ultimately with Maison de Naissance. You are helping us make a difference in the lives of these mothers and children and you are helping us in the fight for global health equity. Ultimately, you are helping to make a difference in the world, one baby at a time, and your assistance is very much appreciated!
WE DID IT!! Thanks so much to all of our donors who helped us reach our Open Challenge Goal! Because of you we are that much closer to reaching our $12,000 goal for the semester. With the money we have raised so far, over 100 mothers and babies have been vaccinated. This means diseases like diphtheria, tetanus, polio, German measles, and rubella have been prevented in the rural community of Torbeck, Haiti.
We have a few more months in the school year left but we are working hard to reach our goal. Last semester in addition to our Open Challenge, we held five different campaigns to raise additional funds. This semester, we have five more campaigns planned! We also have a Grass Roots On-site Work (GROW) Internship planned with five of our members to go and visit Maison de Naissance and the mothers and babies within the community.
Overall, your donations assist Maison de Naissance in preventing diseases within their area and helping those within their community live healthy, productive lives. All of this together helps to empower the movement for global health equity.
We wanted to end this report by bringing a little bit of Haiti and Maison de Naissance to YOU our donors! We have some pictures from last year’s GROW Internship. We hope you enjoy!
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