With less than two months before their departure, the GROW interns are hard a work preparing for their trip. Three weeks ago, the four interns – Ayush, Katie, Sana, and Elsa – attended the GROW Conference in Evanston, IL. There they shared best practices and future concerns with the other interns from across the nation. Each group of interns faces their own unique challenges when visiting their partner organizations, but they are able to work together to find feasible solutions.
For this summer, the interns have a lot of fresh ideas on how to be able to bring the information they learn on the GROW trip back to us in the US. One is to give all the school children disposable cameras to take pictures of the things that they value most. They’re also looking in to filming a few “day-in-the-life” stories of the local villagers. Lastly, they’ll evaluate the impact of the greenhouse that the GROW interns helped build last year.
Other than planning for the GROW trip, our chapter has had an exciting semester. On March 12th, we had the opportunity to meet our role model, physician, and medical anthropologist, Dr. Paul Farmer. Dr. Farmer spoke about the recent triumphalism about the West African Ebola outbreak that is currently circulating in the media. He encouraged us to spread the word that the outbreak isn’t over, and furthermore, that the healthcare infrastructure has been completely demolished from the outbreak and will need to be built back up.
Consequently, our chapter has started a social media movement to give thanks to the Ebola caregivers and show our solidarity both in the present in the future. If you’d like to get involved in this movement, please check out our website, facebook page, or email us at email@example.com.
Thanks again for all your support!
With the holidays just around the corner, GlobeMed at CU Boulder is incredibly thankful to have a strong partnership with Himalayan HealthCare. We are so supportive of the sustainable work they have been doing this year!
Currently, HHC is focusing on strengthening its education and greenhouse projects. In October, two teachers from the United States provided a highly interactive, two-day training to the local teachers of Tipling and Sertung. More than forty teachers attended, and the training was a huge success. We hope that with this training and our continued support of orphan and low-income students, more students than ever will pass the School Leaving Certificate, the final examination in the secondary school system in Nepal.
In addition to the education project, HHC is ready to expand its greenhouse income generation project to lower-caste communities of Tipling and Lapta. This summer, our GROW interns helped with the construction of the greenhouse in Shertung. Almost six months later, the greenhouse is producing cauliflower, beans, squash, lettuce, cucumbers, chilies, and radishes. The only crop that didn't survive were the tomatoes that were infected by worms. However, HHC's agriculture technician helped teach the villagers how to avoid this problem in the future.
From all of us at GlobeMed, we hope that you have a happy holiday and a healthy new year!
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!
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