It’s been nearly a month since we started school, and GlobeMed has been working diligently to make this year a success. We have selected a staff of over 60 passionate students looking for a platform to pursue their public health initiative; they are already hard at work! We have planned a global health panel featuring the co-founder of our partner organization, Himalayan HealthCare (HHC), and two University of Colorado professors. In November, we are hosting our annual benefit dinner, as well as a conference to unite GlobeMed chapters from around the state. Additionally, our Grassroots Onsite Work (GROW) interns have returned safely from Nepal and have been inspiring us all with their stories.
This summer, GlobeMed at CU-Boulder sent 5 GROW interns to Nepal for 10 weeks to critically evaluate the HHC projects we support. The interns spent the majority of their time with a lower caste community in the rural village of Sertung, where they worked on an income-generating greenhouse project, the latrines project, and the efficient cookstove project.
By the time our GROW interns had arrived in the village, the lower-caste, or Kami, community had already established community leaders for an agriculture group. With the help of GlobeMed funding, HHC bought the Kami community a small piece of land, and the interns collaborated with them to build a greenhouse. The majority of the Kami people have never owned their own land, and the GROW interns reported that it was amazing to witness how motivated members of the community were to plow the field, build the greenhouse, and plant seeds for sustainable food to feed their families someday. In the greenhouse, they planted tomatoes, beans, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, and squash with the hope that the produce would not only help feed their families, but also provide a source of income, as they could sell surplus vegetable to others members of the village. The GROW interns said that the Kami community was incredible to work with because they took great pride in their work, as evidenced by the smiles they wore everyday.
Unanimously, the GROW interns agreed that the latrine project was their favorite because it has such a visible impact. As a result of the latrines, sanitation and personal hygiene in the rural Dhading District has greatly improved. Additionally, families with latrines are no longer forced to walk the 20-30 minutes to go to the bathroom in a field. Although not every family has a latrine, HHC recently initiated a “One Home, One Toilet Campaign,” in which they plan to provide a latrine to each household. To motivate villagers to build high-quality latrines, HHC recently implemented a competition that provides a monetary reward for the best-built latrine. The GROW interns were included in the judging process, and said that they saw some innovative latrines!
New this year, the GROW interns developed surveys to help HHC assess the impact of their efficient cookstove project. These surveys included information regarding the amount of firewood used by each family, the annual number of trips to the health post, problems with the stoves, and demographic information. They also measured the amount of particulate matter and carbon monoxide in homes both with and without an efficient cookstove. While they haven’t finished compiling the data, the GROW interns have found that HHC’s efficient cookstoves reduce the amount of firewood burned by families, as well as the amount of smoke within the home. Over time, this leads to decreased incidence of respiratory illness.
GlobeMed at CU-Boulder wants to thank you for your continued support of our projects. All of our work depends on the generous support of people like you. For more information on our projects please visit our website www.globemedcu.org. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for daily pictures, stories, and articles pertaining to global and public health! Lastly, if you are near Boulder and would like to visit one of our meetings or meet a passionate member of the GlobeMed team, please don’t hesitate to ask!
It's been a busy couple months for GlobeMed at CU Boulder and Himalayan HealthCare, but now that summer is here we're able to reflect on the incredible work that we’ve accomplished. Over the past year, GlobeMed has hosted over 10 successful campaigns on the Boulder campus, including our annual Benefit Dinner and a Hustle for Health 5K Race. We also introduced two new educational events: the Colorado GlobeMed Conference, which brought together GlobeMed chapters from all over Colorado, and the Global Health Fair on CU's campus, which was a collaboration between GlobeMed and other health related student groups and organizations on campus.
Through the combined efforts of our dedicated staff and your generous support, we were able to raise over $34,000 this academic year, 100% of which goes to supporting the education and health projects our partner Himalayan HealthCare implements in Nepal!
These funds have helped to provide the materials required for the construction of 25 latrines, which are being used by over 160 villagers, in the villages of Tipling, Sherthungand Lapa! Our efforts also funded the installation of 30 efficient cookstoves in homes in the Dhadhing district. This immediately benefits the health of families through a decrease of smoke inhalation and firewood consumption, which reduces deforestation and the amount of time women and children must spend collecting wood, indirectly improving school attendance. In addition to these projects, we also have continued to support educational stipends, women’s empowerment courses, income generation projects, and medical referrals.
Just because the school year is over doesn’t mean we have stopped working. In the spring, we transitioned our new executive board, which is hard at work devising a strategic plan in order to make next year as successful as possible. We also sent five grassroots onsite work (G.R.O.W.) interns off to Nepal in May and we are anxiously awaiting the stories and statistics about GlobeMed’s impact that they’ll bring back! Check our website, globemedcu.org, for updates on our upcoming campaigns!
Thank you to all of you who have supported our efforts this year. Your generosity has greatly impacted the health, education, and overall quality of life of the Nepali villagers and has helped progress the movement towards global health equity!
GlobeMed at CU Boulder hit the ground running this semester with our Hustle for Health 5K and Holi Celebration! With over 175 participants registered it was one of our most successful events to date! We are lucky to share our success here in Colorado with our wonderful partner Himalayan HealthCare (HHC), who thanks to all of your support is creating tangible, measurable changes in rural Nepal! They have currently secured a partnership that will allow for over 40 latrines to be built this coming year, are training more locals to implement the efficient cookstove project and the goat program is well underway!
A breed of hybrid goats, which are better suited for the climate and have more meat have been purchased and are on their way to Tipling from Kathmandu as we speak! They will be distributed to the families that GlobeMed’s G.R.O.W. team selected after conducting an extensive community wide survey of the Kami Village of Tipling. Our G.R.O.W. interns this coming summer will have the opportunity to check in on this project and report back on the welfare of both the goat and families!
Currently HHC is focusing its administrative efforts on partnering with the local government agencies of the Dhading district to ensure that people in the villages of Tipling, Lapa and Shertrung are receiving the government services that they are entitled to. The group meet with many Local Development Officers, specifically the Chiefs of public health, education, agriculture, veterinary care and the village development committee secretary. HHC embraces the partnership model just like GlobeMed and all parties are hopeful that this collaboration will lead to even more effective programs in the future for these villages!
Please visit GlobeMed’s website at globemedcu.org to see our upcoming events for the semester as we work towards our goal of raising $30,000 for HHC this school year! As always, we deeply value your support and partnership and hope that you find the work we are accomplishing just as important as we do!
With the year coming to an end, families and friends come together and reflect on the past year. We have so much for which to be thankful, and it is hard not to include our Nepali family in the villages of Tipling, Shertung and Lapa in our thoughts.
Here at GlobeMed, we are always working with an eye towards the future, so when we do take pause, seeing what we have accomplished amazes even us! In 2013 GlobeMed effectively raised $32,000 for Himalayan HealthCare with your support!
This money went directly towards healthcare, education, building cook stoves and latrines, and income generation projects, such as providing families with goats! In these villages, it is incredible to see how far a little can go and how simple changes can have such a dramatic, positive impact on a community.
I thank you all for the generosity you have shown during the past year and look forward to continuing our partnership into 2014! We have some exciting, new events happening in Boulder this spring as we expand our education efforts within our own community to raise awareness about health disparities across the world.
To stay current on all of our upcoming events, or if you would like to make a donation, please visit globemedcu.org for more information!
Wishing you and your loved ones a happy holiday! In solidarity,
It has been almost two months since our Grassroots Onsite Work (G.R.O.W.) team has returned from working with our partner organization Himalayan HealthCare (HHC). Although Nepal can sometimes feel far away from Boulder, I can attest that the village of Tipling, where we lived and worked, has stayed close to our hearts. After personally seeing the projects that we are funding in some of the most remote and difficult to access regions in Nepal, we have all come back inspired to continue our work at CU.
While in Tipling, G.R.O.W interns were directly involved in the selection of four families to receive goats as part of one of HHC’s income generation programs. Families were selected from the Kami blacksmith community, who are the lowest caste in Tipling. The selection criteria was based on family members participation in the Women’s Empowerment classes, sending their children to school, using an improved cook stove and latrine, as well as taking their general situation into account. It was such a rewarding experience getting to know all of the families personally and being able to connect with them despite our many cultural differences. The resilience of these people living in such an unforgiving environment never ceased to amaze us!
The work that HHC has been doing in the Dhading District for the past 20 years has dramatically changed the landscape and situation for people living in removed villages like Tipling. Having the opportunity to personally meet the people that our funds and HHC’s programs are helping was a life changing experience for all of us and served to further strengthen our partnership with HHC and the local community.
The whole chapter at CU is working hard to plan fun and exciting events for the rest of the year. We are inspired to continue to explore our place in the movement for global health equity both in the local community and abroad! We are especially looking forward for Anil Parajuli, Executive Director and co-founder of HHC to visit Boulder for our annual Benefit Dinner on October 5th.
We thank you for your generosity and continued support of our projects. None of the incredible work that HHC is doing would be possible without the support of people like you! If you are interested in learning about events that we have coming up during the school year, project updates or want to meet our new Executive Board, please visit out website at globemedcu.org!
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