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!
It was wheels up on May 15th, 2013 for our five GROW (Grassroots Onsite Work) team members on their way to Nepal to visit our partners HHC (Himalayan HealthCare). They spent the first week with HHC in Kathmandu, acclimatizing and getting ready for the three day long hike. Anil (Co-Founder and Director) and Soni (Director) Parajuli hosted the GROW team in Kathmandu and took them around the sights to get a taste of the "urban" Nepal. The GlobeMed family back home in Boulder gets to live vicariously through the postcards sent to us. All five members of the team experienced the woes of international travel with some health issues but all is well after a couple days of rest.
The main part of the GROW team's trek started a week later with a ten hour drive and a three day trek into the village of Tipling. Once there, they have started putting into action the lesson plans they have prepared for the women's empowerment classes, education classes for the children, as well as getting hands on work in the field. They will be helping build latrines, doing some field work and will live the life of a simple Nepalese villager.
During their two month stay in the village, the GROWers will evaluate the progress and efficiency of the projects funded by your donations. They will meet the recipients of the goat project and evaluate the effectiveness of the project. They will get to see and use the latrines and cook stoves that have been funded and see the impact that those projects have on the people that receive the aid. GlobeMed aims to make the most use of every penny donated to us, and having the GROW team be there in person to evaluate the projects assures us that the money we raise is being used as efficiently and effectively as possible, to make the biggest positive impact possible.
The GROWers are all doing well and enjoying their time in Nepal. We can't wait until they get back and see how much they have GROWn. We would like to send our most sincere gratitude to all of our friends who have made our goals of helping people in Nepal possible. We really could not do it without your unwavering support. We look forward to our continued partnership with all of you, towards our ultimate goal of Global Health Equity.
As the semester winds down and GlobeMed at CU-Boulder finishes its last efforts to raise funds for Himalayan HealthCare (HHC), a group of students from GlobeMed at CU-Boulder prepares for their 3 month expedition in Nepal. This group of students has been meeting for the past 4 months talking with the founder of HHC, Anil Parajuli, to discuss their itinerary and attempting to absorb as much Nepali culture as possible in Boulder, CO. Since GlobeMed at CU-Boulder and HHC are such close partners, they try to visit one another about once per year to check-up on projects and maintain close friendships. This trip to Nepal will allow the students, as liaisons to the GlobeMed chapter, to view, firsthand, the progress in the villages surrounding Tipling due to GlobeMed's efforts.
For example, the students who will spend time in the villages will meet women who are benefitting from our orginal "30 Goats in 30 Days" campaign, which provides 4 goats to a family, giving them investment options for land, education, and other guided business ventures. The students will also view the latrines and cook stoves that have been built through GlobeMed's efforts, as well as medical supplies that health posts need in the most remote regions of Nepal. While viewing the progress of our projects is important, documenting the progress through photographs, interviews, and journaling will give our staff, friends and donors a better understanding of the legitimate impact GlobeMed has in the communities HHC directly serves.
After the summer, we hope that you will return to our page to see the updates, pictures and video from this group's time in Nepal. Until then, GlobeMed at CU-Boulder wishes you a happy spring and fantastic beginning to your summer.
New Year's Day 2013 marks the haflway point of GlobeMed at CU-Boulder's fourth year of partnership with Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) of Kathmandu, Nepal. After the first semester, the staff at GlobeMed at CU-Boulder has successfully raised over $11,000 to support various projects that HHC directs in the most remote regions of Nepal. GlobalGiving alone has raised nearly $600 directly for the Women's Empowerment program since our last update. Numerous other campaigns including a benefit dinner and Holiday giving campaign have proven successful to contribute to our $11,000.
Per the title of our GlobalGiving page, we also are supporting a cook stove and latrine program. HHC has trained various village personnel to build cook stoves so that they are as effective and efficient as possible. Composed of mud, water, straw, and dung, these stoves will filter the smoke up and out of the house. The stoves will also allow more efficient burning of firewood by filtering the heat directly to the pots being used. The Cook Stove program is a program that immediately benefits the health of families who cook over an open fire, in their house. Not only does it reduce the amount of smoke inhalation that occurs, but it saves firewood so that women do not have to spend as many hours hiking up to the jungle to gather firewood.
The latrine program totally restructures the water and sanitation situation in the villages. This project is a long term project that will provide every household with an improved latrine in HHC’s villages, thus vastly decreasing open defecation and health detriment due to poor sanitation. Each latrine can provide a family of four proper disposal of human waste for 15 years.
On behalf of all the staff at GlobeMed at CU-Boulder, we want to thank you for your support. We wish you a Happy New Year and may all your resolutions prosper.
It was a terrific summer for Himalayan HealthCare (HHC) and GlobeMed's partnership. Because GlobeMed operates on the schedule of the University of Colorado, students are now back and passionate as ever for GlobeMed and its projects with HHC. Overall in 2011-2012, GlobeMed finished with nearly $30,000 fundraised for HHC and its programs, $4,500 coming from Global Giving, and a total of $7,000 going to empowerment of women. We offer our sincere thanks to all who have assisted in our cause.
Moving forward, we look to continue our partnership with HHC and the empowerment programs. Our fundraising efforts will support this same program. Multiple Kami women are already benefitting from the 30 goats that resulted from this project's fundraising efforts. Each family received 4 goats. Two of the goats can be sold immediately to provide a savings account for the family. The savings can be used for a child's school, more goats, or investment in land that will provide sustainance for the family. The two remaining goats can be utilized for the consumption and selling of milk and production of cheese, among other purposes. This project is only a miniscule of the work that HHC commits to the people in these areas. Feel free to learn more by following the links below to website of GlobeMed at the University of Colorado and Himalayan HealthCare.
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